Incoming Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia says reducing violent crime and gaining the community and staff’s trust are among his top goals when he starts in February.

During a virtual news conference on Monday where he was formally introduced as Dallas’ 30th police chief, Garcia said he plans to listen to his staff, criminologists and residents on ways to decrease crime, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Garcia, 50, said he felt the statistics and perception of crime in the city went hand in hand — and that both had to go in the opposite direction. He said he felt residents can judge whether his plans are successful by their perceptions of crime in the city, how present officers are and their collaborations with the community.

 

 

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