DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – He’s temporarily filling the shoes of former Chief David Brown and today Interim Dallas Police Chief David Pughes answered questions about his plan to keep the city safe.
While Pughes had an answer for every question and was clear on his vision, he also said he has no plans to take the job permanently.
During a press conference Friday Pughes said he would move forward in his roll as Interim Chief to address crime, violence and public safety for Dallas. He also talked about finding fugitives as a priority in terms of policing in the city.
While he said apprehending people wanted by police is very important, when asked what the overall top priority was and the plan to guard residents Pughes said, “Trust. That’s the part that concerns me more than anything. Our crime rate could be down 25-percent this year versus last year. If the people that we’re out there serving don’t trust us and are afraid to call 911, because they don’t know whose gonna show up and how they’ll be treated, or what’s gonna happen…if we get to that point then we’ve completely lost it.”
Pughes has been with DPD for 26 years and has worn a number of ‘hats’ – working in patrol, homicide, as Deputy Chief and Assistant chief. The 49-year-old, will lead the department until Brown’s permanent replacement is selected, aid he is proud to be chosen to temporarily hold the department’s top post.
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