Dallas Asks State to Help Fight Spike in Crime after Cutting $7M from Cop’s Overtime

A Texas state trooper stands at a roadblock in Dallas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
AP File Photo/Eric Gay

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is sending state police resources to the City of Dallas in response to a spike in violent crime. The governor responded to a request for assistance from the Dallas Police Department after city leaders cut the police overtime budget by $7 million.

“The rise in violent crime in the city of Dallas is unacceptable, and the Texas Department of Public Safety will assist the Dallas Police Department in their efforts to protect the community and reduce this surge in crime,” Governor Abbott said in a written statement. “Every Texan deserves to feel safe in their own community, and the State of Texas will continue to provide the city of Dallas with the resources they need to crack down on this heinous activity and protect Dallas residents.”

Governor Abbott responded to a request from the Dallas Police Department to provide direct support in reducing violent crime, the governor’s office reported. The Texas Department of Public Safety is sending multiple resources to help the city that is currently in the midst of a spike in violent crime. Those resources include DPS special agents, state troopers, and intelligence analysts. The additional manpower will be directed at helping support gang and drug enforcement operations.

The DPS will also provide two helicopters and two patrol planes to assist in providing air support. Finally, a team of Texas Rangers is being dispatched to support the city’s homicide division.

The call for help comes after the city cut $7 million from the $24 million overtime budget for the Dallas Police Department in September, the Texas Tribune reported. Instead of keeping commissioned officers on the street to attack violent crime, the city chose to divert funds to hiring civilian workers and improve street lighting.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson thanked Governor Abbott for sending in additional law enforcement resources, Fox4 News reported.

“I am grateful for the Governor’s willingness to assist Dallas as we combat the unacceptable increases in violent crime in our city. As I said today, this ongoing situation requires an all-hands-on-deck response, and I will continue to push for strategies and partnerships that will reduce crime in our neighborhoods. The people of Dallas deserve our unwavering commitment to their safety.”

“The violent crime in the city is out of hand. I’m tired of it. I’m sick of it,” Mayor Johnson told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “This is not a joke. This is not a game. This is not about being on television. This is about ending the needless and senseless taking of lives in the city.”

Dallas has experienced more nearly 230 homicides this year — seven in the past 24 hours, local media outlets report. Johnson says the city is set to surpass a 16-year high and has already exceeded the total for all of 2019, NBCDFW 5 reported.

Breitbart Texas reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety for additional information about the deployment of state resources to Dallas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to keeping Texans safe and assisting our local law enforcement partners in reducing violence in the communities they serve. At the request of the Dallas Police Department, and at the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, DPS will be deploying multiple resources in an effort to lower the number of homicides and violent crimes in the Dallas area.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX, Parler @BobPrice, and Facebook.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with an additional statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.


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