Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez shares some steps Dallas has taken to build strong police/community relations.
22 November 2016
In the days that followed the July 7 shooting of four Dallas police officers and one transportation officer, the community outpouring of support was “positive in the extreme,” said City Manager A. C. Gonzalez. Postings on social media by protesters who depicted “scene after scene of police officers protecting protesters” to a five-fold increase in job applications to the police force are a couple of examples of the support. Gonzalez points out that the community response was the result of more than three decades of hard work—on the part of the city and the residents. He referenced a manual the city developed focused on community oriented policing that was put in place in 1994 and called for a cultural shift in policing.
In an October webinar hosted by the Alliance for Innovation (available here for AFI members), Gonzalez shared some of the community policing initiatives and programs Dallas had begun implementing in the early 1990s that have resulted in a dramatic improvement in crime statistics and in metrics such as police involved shootings, improper and excessive force complaints, and officers injured by suspects.
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