In August 2003, the Dallas Morning News published my article, NEW LEADER SHOULD INCREASE MANPOWER. The article, reprinted below, calls for hiring additional police so that Dallas will have three police for every 1000 citizens. According to the front page article in the DMN on Sunday, February 5, 2006, that is now the stated goal of the Dallas city council. CLICK HERE to read "Police recruits: thinning blue line".
Unfortunately, since 2003, when NEW LEADER SHOULD INCREASE MANPOWER was written, the Dallas Police have lost more police than they have hired and trained. Since 2003, according to the above DMN article, the Dallas Police reports a net loss of 9 police, leaving Dallas with less police to citizen than it had in 2003. You could double the number of police in Dallas and still not have as many police per citizen as New York City.
The City Council has goals, but is failing miserably at achieving those goals. Talk is cheap and the City Council is all talk and no action. In 2005 Dallas widened its lead over other major cities, with population over one million, as the city with the highest per capita crime rate in the nation.
You do not achieve goals unless you have a plan to achieve those goals. It is very easy to say "we have a goal of three police for every 1000 citizens". But if you have no workable plan, then you wind up, like Dallas, with less police than you had before you set your goal. Why do the citizens of Dallas continue to tolerate the complete incompetence of the Mayor and Council?
For additional information on the subject, CLICK HERE to read "HOW TO REDUCE CRIME IN DALLAS - Step #1: Increase Police Manpower and Pay".