Plan by UTSA professors, Dallas PD and City of Dallas is reducing violent crime

“The Dallas Police Department values its partnership with UTSA Criminology and Criminal Justice professors Michael Smith and Rob Tillyer. In addition to the hard work of the men and women of this department, Drs. Smith and Tillyer’s programmatic and analytic support has proven to be an invaluable resource that is reflected in last year’s overall crime success,” said Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia.

He added, “Therefore, I remain optimistic in our crime fighting efforts and look forward to both the mid- and long-term strategies of this plan and the positive effect it will bring to our city.”

Smith added, “We are engaged in an ongoing consultation and evaluation partnership with the Dallas Police Department to measure the implementation and effectiveness of the plan in the reduction of violent crime in the city since implementation began in May 2021,” said Smith.

Smith and Tillyer recently presented the results of their evaluation to the Dallas City Council’s Public Safety Committee. Their Hot Spot Intervention report details the impact of the plan on violent crime since the plan’s inception in May 2021through the end of the year.

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Violent street crime decreased more than 50% in the targeted hot spots between September and November of 2021, compared to the previous three months.
  • Violent crime declined more than 50% in the targeted hot spots since the plan began in May 2021.
  • Arrests and violence-related 911 calls also were down 54% and 15% respectively in the targeted hot spots resulting in fewer calls to the police and fewer arrests for violence, indicating that the plan did not result in over-policing.
  • Violent crime overall fell 14.5% in Dallas in 2021 compared to 2020. Homicides were down 12%, robberies were down more than 30% on average, and aggravated assaults were down 2%. This runs counter to the national trend of rising violent crime in many other big cities.

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