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Working with criminologists and crime data, the Dallas Police Department crafted a plan to tackle violent crime that deploys resources far beyond the police department.

Working with criminologists and crime data, the Dallas Police Department crafted a plan to tackle violent crime that deploys resources far beyond the police department.

Photographer: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg

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Justice

As Violent Crime Falls in Dallas, Answers Go Beyond Policing

As other major U.S. cities double down on policing in response to an increase in homicides and violent crime, Dallas officials are taking a different approach. 

When the Dallas Police Department brought on a new chief in February 2021, his mandate was clear: Reduce violent crime.

In the period preceding Eddie Garcia’s arrival, between 2018 and the end of 2020, violent incidents had risen almost 22% citywide in Dallas, which anchors the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Other U.S. cities were reporting shocking homicide figures, a confounding aberration after three decades of a nationwide crime decline.