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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP)State troopers are assisting Dallas police by serving warrants on “high-threat criminals” as the city tackles a surge in violent crime that prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to earlier offer state resources to help.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said Tuesday that troopers in Dallas are particularly focused on rounding up gang members.

As far as dealing with areas labeled a part of the violent crime Targeted Area Action Grid or TAAG, DPD Deputy Chief Paul Stokes said, “We will move into these areas, as crime dictates.”

Since the start of March, Dallas police assigned 170 officers to aViolent Crime Task Force. Police Chief David Brown told a city council committee Monday that the task force has curtailed the rate of violent incidents.

But he notes more work is needed. Aggravated assaults and robberies have increased. And there’ve been 45 homicides so far this year, compared to 26 over the same period last year.

Officials last month announced troopers would assist Dallas police but it wasn’t clear at the time how they would be used.

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