Public Safety Meeting: Monday, May 23, 2016

Below are the topics of discussion for the Public Safety Committee meeting for Monday, May 23, 2016.

Year to Date Crime Report

The following crime statistics represent data from January 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016.

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Violent Crime Summary 

In April of 2016, the City of Dallas had a decrease in homicides and violent crime. Homicides decreased by 33.10 % and violent crime also decreased by 51.31% since March 2016. 

FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014

The Dallas Police Department ranked fifth among major cities according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014. The city’s rank has continued to drop in this last decade. However, Dallas had the most significant decline in crime among major Texas cities and cities across the nation. This is a reflection of the involvement of our citizens and the hard work of our officers.

Response to Resistance Reporting System

On July 24, 2012, De-Escalation training for patrol officers began following an Officer Involved Shooting within the Dixon Circle community. In January 2013, the department began the use of the Blue Team Reporting application for Response to Resistance data. Twelve years of Officer Involved Shooting data was released online in November 2014. In December of 2014 President Obama announced the creation of the Century Policing Task Force. The White House hosted a Police Open Data in April 2015. The Dallas Police Department was recognized as a forerunner in providing innovative solutions, bringing transparency and context to the complexities of policing. In April 2016, the department released three years of comprehensive Response to Resistance data online. Data shows that there have been fewer Response to Resistance complaints received. In 2010, there were 127 complaints received. 2016 Year to date show 6 complaints received. The Response to Resistance Data can be found on the department website http://www.dallaspolice.net. 

Blue Team Reporting System

Since it’s inception, the  Blue Team Reporting System has allowed the department to capture detailed statistical information of response to resistance incidents not included in regular offense reporting system. It allows front line personnel to enter information quickly into a review process. Officers are able to remain in the field while entering the required information. The reporting system also increased transparency efforts to improve citizen’s trust of officer’s actions. In summary, the Blue Team Reporting System builds trust, protects officers, protects citizens, improves accountability, and reduces litigation’s.