Listening Sessions Information

2018-19 Dallas Police Department Strategic Priorities:

I. Reduce Crime

  • Violent Crime Task Force
  • Quarterly Operations (Summer Crime Initiative/Operation Restore/ Holiday Initiative)
  • Intelligence-Led Center
  • Mobile Surveillance Unit (Bait Car)
  • Homicide Taskforce
  • Safe Cities Initiatives
  • Safe Exchange Zones
  • K2 Initiative
  • Starlight Program
  • iWatch Dallas
  • 2017 – 5.7% Decrease in overall crime
  • 2018 – 5.97% Decrease in violent crime

II. Increase Recruitment and Retention

  • Increased Starting Pay
  • Hired Marketing Firm
  • Lateral Hiring
  • TCOLE in lieu of 45 credit hours
  • Restructuring of Civil Service Exam
  • NY/Chicago off-site testing
  • Pipeline/Pathways *

III. Advance Officer Development

  • Health and Wellness Programming
    • Re-opening of HQ gym
    • Mindfulness Training
    • Health & Wellness Fair
  • Peer Support
  • Career Enrichment Program – Officers rotate through various bureaus to garner experience.
  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Simulator Training
  • Increased Training Opportunities

IV. Improve Organizational Effectiveness

  • Body Camera Number Increase
  • Newly Structured Vice Unit
  • KPMG Staffing Study
  • Dallas Online Reporting (DORS)
  • Text to 911
  • Early Warning System (EIPRO)
  • New Implicit Bias Curriculum
  • Civilianization
  • Right Care Program
  • KMPG Efficiency Study
  • Intelligence-led Policing Center*
  • Crime-centered Shifts

V. Foster Community Relationships

  • Juvenile Programs
  • Mentorship Program
  • Rebuilding Trust Initiative
  • Community Advisory Boards
  • Online Complaint Process
  • Office of Police Oversight
  • Full time LGBTQ+ Liaison
  • Increased UNIDOS Liaisons
  • DPD Summer Jobs Program


*Initiatives are in the Implementing Stage


Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing:

I. Building Trust and Legitimacy

“Building trust and nurturing legitimacy on both sides of the police/citizen divide is the foundational principle underlying the nature of relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

II. Policy and Oversight

“…emphasizes that if police are to carry out their responsibilities according to their established policies, those policies must reflect community values. Law enforcement agencies should collaborate with community members, especially in communities and neighborhoods disproportionately affected by crime…”

III. Technology and Social Media

          “The use of technology can improve policing practices and build community trust and legitimacy, but its implementation must be built on a defined policy framework with its purposes and goals clearly delineated.

IV. Community Policing and Crime Reduction

          “…focuses on the importance of community policing as the guiding philosophy for all stakeholders [and] emphasizes working with neighborhood residents to co-produce public safety.”

V. Training and Education

“Today’s line officers and leaders must be trained and capable to address a wide variety of challenges including international terrorism, evolving technologies, rising immigration, changing laws, new cultural mores, and a growing mental health crisis.”

VI. Officer Wellness and Safety
“The wellness and safety of law enforcement officers is critical not only for officers, their colleagues, and their agencies but also to public safety.”

**Descriptions found in the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.