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Fewer Detectives Working Violent Crimes In Dallas

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DALLAS (AP) – The number of detectives investigating violent crimes in Dallas has been slashed by 46 percent since 2010, a newspaper investigation has found

The Dallas Morning News says its months-long investigation found severe understaffing of the Dallas Police Department detective units that investigate murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Where once about 91 investigators worked such cases, about 49 are now on the job.

Investigative units have been stripped of manpower as detectives were transferred, quit or retired, according to the newspaper.

Police commanders defend the reductions. They say the department is on pace to report its 11th consecutive year of declining violent crime.

But the newspaper says it has found that the department has changed the way some crimes are counted — sometimes in violation of FBI guidelines.

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