AG Lynch announces $3.1M grant to help Dallas hire officers

Community policing on National Night Out

DALLAS — It was a night that, for most, reinforces the work that needs to be done. But on Tuesday, at National Night Out in Dallas' District 8, it was also a reminder of what has worked.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a stop in Dallas. It was part of a 12-city tour.

"I came to Dallas to start this week," Lynch said.

Dallas was also marking the launch of Community Policing Week. The city has been in the national spotlight since the tragedy of July 7, when five officers were gunned down downtown.

Lynch said this was an opportunity for her to pay respects and also recognize the work that is happening in the city.

"Dallas has become to represent so many of the issues around community policing," she said.

But it's the way Dallas picked itself up after July that Lynch wanted to applaud. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings did, too.

"The folks at the tip of the spear in keeping us safe […] are our men and women in blue, and we must continue to support them," Rawlings said.

Lynch acknowledged there are shortcomings. She briefly addressed the racial divide, the excessive force cases, and the unruly protests that have stemmed from it.

She said social media has brought more attention to these events, and everyone needs to keep pushing to build trust between communities and their law enforcement.

"I view this as an opportunity to continue a conversation that people have been trying to have for some time," Lynch said.

There were protestors at this event, but they hardly registered in a conversation largely dominated by positivity in community and policing.

"Sadly, people feel more in danger, they feel unsafe today," Rawlings said.

Lynch announced a grant of $3.1 million to Dallas. It helps police add 25 more officers.

It is a reward for what has worked in the city following a terrible tragedy, and possibly the answer to what still needs working.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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