DALLAS — The Department of Public Safety is assisting the Dallas Police Department in curbing crime, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday.
“As governor, my first priority will always be the safety of all Texans,” he said.
Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall held a press conference Friday with Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown, Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox, and Department of Public Safety, Region 1 Regional Director, Jeoff Williams.
“At the request of Dallas PD, Texas Rangers will help provide investigative support for homicides in the area as needed,” Williams said.
“We’re standing before you today to say, ‘Enough is enough,’” Hall said.
DPS will provide troopers, special agents, aviation personnel and aircraft, analysts, and communications operators to Dallas PD in an effort to combat the City’s surge in crime.
Hall announced heightened enforcement efforts in eight targeted violent crime areas in the city of Dallas. She declined to give exact addresses for these areas.
“You’ll see foot patrols," she said. "There will be traffic enforcement. You’ll see more narcotics enforcement. Our gang units will be out. We don’t want the bad guys to know exactly where we’re coming, (so) we’re not going to name those areas. But we’ve used our data, our intel and analysis to overlay our gun crime, our robberies, our (aggravated) assaults, and our homicides. And it has given us eight areas within the city where we’re seeing the most violent crime occur.”
Dallas police are investigating 41 homicides cases from the month of May. The first four days of June saw four homicides.
“We are throwing everything at these areas because we know that it’s important and this is where we know our violent criminals are and this is where we’re coming,” Hall said.