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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Less than three weeks after Dallas Police Chief David Brown announced he was retiring, the President of the Dallas Police Association for the last five years, Ron Pinkston said he will retire from the Dallas Police Department on October 4 as well.

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Detective Pinkston is a 31-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.

“Putting on my police badge for the past 31 years has been a daily reminder of the vow no officer should take lightly,” Pinkston said in a statement. “Our role is to protect and to serve, and I am fortunate to have served with the most dedicated officers in the country who more than understand the importance and sanctity of that vow.”

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“For the sake of the future of our city and our department, it is imperative that our city leaders understand the role police officers play in the success of Dallas. By running off talented officers to other cities or professions because of low pay and poor benefits, Dallas is on a dangerous path toward a future marred by fear and violence. This will not only destroy once-safe neighborhoods, but also deter economic opportunities for our city,” added Pinkston.

CBS11 confirmed Monday that ten Dallas Police officers are leaving to go to work for the Fort Worth Police Department.

First Vice President Frederick Frazier will serve as temporary President of the DPA until the association holds a December election to replace Pinkston.

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