Below are the topics of discussion for the Public Safety Committee meeting for Monday, April 25, 2016.
Year to Date Crime Report
The following crime statistics represent data from January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016.
Violent Crime Summary
In March of 2016, the City of Dallas had a sharp increase in homicides and violent crime. Homicides spiked 90.48 % and violent crime was up 29.66%. However, since the Dallas Police Department launched the Violent Crime Task Force there has been a 28.41% decline in homicides and a 10.06% decline in violent crime in just a one month period.
FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014
The Dallas Police Department ranked sixth among major cities according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2013. In 2014, Dallas ranked fifth for safest city. 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.
The Dallas Police Department was invited to The White House today for the Police Data Initiative. Leading law enforcement agencies along with technologists, researchers, and community stakeholders around the country met with Senior Administration and White House Officials. They shared experiences, resources, technology tools and data innovation leveraged to increase trust between police and citizens as called for by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The meeting started with opening statements by Clarence Wardell III of the U.S. Digital Service at The White House followed by Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer. They both stressed the importance of having a good relationship between police departments and the citizens they are sworn to serve.
The panel was moderated by Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs. Prior to sitting down at the table to partake in a very informative Q&A, he invited the three panelists to come up one at a time to discuss what they have done in their departments.
Chief Brown was the first to take the podium and stated, “it starts with transparency.” He then mentioned the Dixon Circle incident where a Dallas Police officer, who happened to be white, shot an unarmed subject, who happened to be black. Immediately after the event unfolded, false rumors spread throughout the neighborhood that the officer shot the suspect in the back while he was running away. Chief Brown explained why it was so important to get the facts out quickly, “Facts became the great equalizer for us.”
He went on to talk about how “trust is hard to earn and easy to lose.” According to Chief Brown, information belongs to the citizens and “we believe that police data is citizen data and we are the caretakers of the data.” He also talked about how the Dallas Police Department has implemented policies and training to ensure citizen and officer safety during interactions. He emphasized the importance of using de-escalation, time and distance. If there is any misconduct, “we have to hold accountable the very small number of officers that violate our deadly force and use of force policies,” said Brown.
He closed his statements by saying, “transparency is the beginning point, but you also have to have policy, training and you have to hold the small few officers accountable, so you can protect the integrity of the vast majority that makes us all proud.”
Other panelists were Wendy R. Harn, Chief Data Officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, and Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.
On April, 6, 2016, at about 10:20 p.m. two black male suspects entered the Church’s Chicken located at 201 W. Jefferson Boulevard. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded money from the register. The employee surrendered the cash and both suspects fled the location in a gray or silver four-door sedan.
Suspect 1 is described as a black male, 20-27 years old, 5’ 9”, 150, wearing a gray shirt, gray pants, and a black and white bandana on his head.
Suspect 2 is described as a black male, 20-25 years old, 5’ 10”, 250, wearing a black shirt and black pants. Suspect 2 has a receding hairline.
The suspect vehicle is described as a gray or silver 4-door sedan, possibly a Chrysler Sebring, with large rims.
Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects or has information on this robbery is asked to call Detective Stokes at (214) 671-3444. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).
Today, the Dallas Police Department along with the FBI have announced the addition of Brenda Delgado to the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Brenda Delgado, pictured below, is wanted for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution of a Capital Murder offense that occurred on September 2, 2015 of Dr. Kendra Hatcher.
Place of Birth: Mexico
Weight: 145 pounds
Race: White (Hispanic)
Scars and Marks: Delgado has a butterfly tattoo on her lower back (small of her back).
Remarks: Delgado has ties to Texas and Mexico.
Occupation: Dental hygiene student
If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
On the morning of March 29, 2016 just before 9:00 a.m., the adult female victim was walking near Comstock Middle School, when she noticed a black male suspect at an apartment complex near the 300 block of N. Jim Miller Rd. As the victim got closer, the suspect approached the fence, exposed his penis and masturbated through the fence.
Dallas Police were called to the location and searched for the suspect but were unsuccessful in locating him.
The suspect is described as a black male, 30’s, 5’09’ and 300 lbs dark complected, with braids that appeared to be coming loose. He was last seen wearing black pants, and a black hoodie style pull over with a white undershirt and black athletic shoes.
Dallas police alerted DISD police of the incident immediately. Detectives have spoken to several apartment managers in the area and are asking that anyone with any information about this offense to please contact Detective H. Barton of the Dallas Police Sex Assault Unit at 214-671-3685.
On February 17, 2016, between 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., a female victim was on the Katy Trail between mile marker number 104 and 105 when she observed a white male suspect in his mid-40’s masturbating on a bench. About 30 minutes later another victim who was running near the same area observed a person whom detectives believe is the same suspect, sitting on a bench with his penis exposed. The suspect then jumped off the bench and chased the second victim briefly. An unknown male in the area intervened and assisted the female victim.The suspect did not make contact with either victim. They described the suspect as a white male in his mid-40’s, wearing blue jeans and brown boots.
There were discrepancies in the suspect description presenting challenges to the investigation.
The Dallas Police Sex Assaults Unit is asking that anyone with any information regarding these offenses to please contact Detective Anderson at 214-671-3616
Below are the topics of discussion for the Public Safety Committee meeting for Monday, March 28, 2016.
Year to Date Crime Report
The following crime statistics represent data from January 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016:
Deployment of New Task Forces
There has been an increase in violent crimes in most large cities across the country. In the city of Dallas, violent crime is up 22%, more specifically, homicides are up over 80% driven by domestic violence and drug related homicides.
The overall crime which includes both violent and property crimes is up 6%.
This is unacceptable to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department. The protection of the whole community is our primary duty and responsibility, and we take this very seriously.
Therefore, in response, we are bringing to bear the full force of the police department, in our efforts to save lives.
Strategically we will focus on the following:
Violent Crime Task Force ~ Officer deployments to geographic high volume violent crime areas
Domestic Violence Warrant Teams ~ Arresting domestic violence offenders expeditiously
Narcotic Drug Warrant Teams ~ Closing down drug houses and arresting drug dealers
Property Crime Task Force ~ Officer deployments to geographic high volume home burglary and car burglary areas
Community Policing 2.0 ~ Officer deployments from non-patrol bureau positions within the department to the field to assist with call answering and crime fighting
Foot patrols ~ Officer deployments to proactively walk in geographic high crime areas throughout the city to increase police presence
Community Policing 2.0 (CP 2.0)
Community Policing 2.0 was implemented in the Fall of 2011 as an effort to keep all officers connected to the community through front line fundamental police work in the Patrol Bureau. The CP 2.0 officers work for two consecutive weeks at one of the seven Patrol Bureau divisions, which they select in a bid process. The officers work third watch hours, 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., which are typically the highest for 9-1-1 calls and violent crimes. Officers can also choose to work in the Communications Division at the Phone Expediter’s desk addressing Priority 3 and 4 calls. So far, the CP 2.0 officers have responded to over 5,000 calls for service and have made 95 felony arrests.
Communications Operations Center
The Police Communications Services Sections consists of 911 operators, police dispatchers and police report representatives. The 911 operators prioritize the 911 calls based on information provided by the caller and then create a call for service. The police dispatcher then gives the calls out to the patrol officers who are working the streets.
Officers have been trained to slow down instead of rush into critical incidents for greater officer and citizen safety. Critical incident calls require more manpower, which in turn ties up more officers to handle each call. Response times can be improved with the addition of police resources available to respond to calls.
On Sunday, February 28, 2016, at approximately 2:00 am the victim was walking from her car to her apartment at 4125 Swiss Avenue, the Swissaire Apartments, while unbeknownst to her a black male suspect was attempting to enter the locked courtyard to those apartments.
As the victim walked toward the complex, the suspect approached her on the sidewalk, smiled at her and immediately tackled her. As they struggled on the ground he attempted to sexually assault her. The suspect threatened the victim with a weapon but she fought him off while screaming for help. Seconds later, a concerned citizen who heard the cry for help responded and the suspect fled the location. The suspect is described as a black male, 5’10’’in his early 20’s, wearing denim shorts, a grey hoodie sweatshirt, wearing a black and white back pack and red shoes and possibly wearing glasses.
The Dallas Police Sex Assault Unit is asking that anyone with any information about this crime to please contact them at 214-671-3584. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373 –TIPS.
On November 23, 2015, at about 8:30 p.m., a black male suspect entered the Sam’s Grocery Store located at 717 Ann Arbor Ave. and jumped over the counter. The suspect pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded cash. The suspect then fled the store with the cash taken from the register.
The Suspect is described as a black male, 23-30 years old, 5’ 11” tall, weighing 200 pounds. The suspect has a dark skin tone and a dreadlock hair style. The suspect was wearing a dark blue jacket and dark colored pants.
Detectives only recently were able to convert surveillance footage of this robbery and are releasing it in hopes that someone can identify him.
Case Number Date ___ __ _Time _____ _Location ____
273241-2015 11/23/15 8:30 p.m. 717 Ann Arbor Ave
Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information on this robbery is asked to call Detective Jones at (214) 671-4310. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).
On January 12, 2016, an unknown Hispanic male exposed himself to the victim and three minor children while performing a lewd act on himself at 6500 Abrams Road. The suspect then followed the victim and minor children to two other locations after they left the original offense location. The suspect was driving a Green or Black 4 door Nissan, Texas tag FHY0422. The paint on the hood of the vehicle was fading.
On January 14, 2016, a 17 year old Roosevelt High School Student was walking on 1400 Morrell Avenue, when she was followed by an unknown Hispanic male driving a black 4 door Nissan. The male exited his vehicle and followed the victim on foot. The male exposed his penis and performed a lewd act as he quickly followed behind the victim. The victim was able to run away from the suspect.
Although the two cases may or may not be related, the involvement of the black 4 door Nissan and suspect description was similar.
Anyone having additional information on this offense should contact Detective Lopez at 214-671-3683