DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In his most critical public comments yet, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is calling for accountability and change in the Dallas Police Department.
Mayor Johnson wrote a letter to City Manager T.C. Broadnax on Tuesday saying, “The level of violent crime we have seen through eleven months of 2019 is patently unacceptable.”
He said it’s his expectation that city staff and police work toward making Dallas safer and to do so, he’s requesting the police department to produce a plan to reduce violent crime.
Mayor Johnson said the Dallas Police Department should have a Crime Reduction Plan in place by the end of the year.
“As we approach 2020, it is my expectation that our city staff and our police department will work more aggressively and transparently toward making Dallas safer,” Mayor Johnson wrote.
READ MAYOR JOHNSON’S LETTER HERE:
On Wednesday, Broadnax released the following statement on the matter:
As the City Manager, I share the community’s concern and frustration about the rising crime rate. Chief Hall and the Dallas Police Department have implemented some important initiatives to fight these trends, but I don’t believe that it has been organized into a comprehensive citywide plan.
I will be working with the Chief to develop a crime reduction plan that we all can understand and embrace. I look forward to presenting this comprehensive plan and working with the Mayor, the City Council, and the Chief to ensure it will be a blueprint to drive change and make Dallas a model city for fighting crime.