Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What Dallas’s historically low murder rate can teach us about policing

Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2015 | Radley Balko 

Here at The Watch, we’ve praised Dallas Police Chief David Brown and his staff for the department’s community-oriented approach to policing, openness and transparency about excessive force, its rejection of law enforcement as a revenue generator, and its First Amendment-friendly approach to protest.
Now, there’s some evidence of a payoff.

Dallas’ 2014 murder rate was its lowest since 1930 — the year Bonnie and Clyde met at a West Dallas house party.And the Dallas Police Department’s preliminary count of 116 murders last year — there is one unexplained death awaiting a ruling — would be the lowest yearly murder tally since 1965. It’s also a notable drop from the 143 murders in 2013 and it’s fewer than half the murders recorded in 2004.
But it isn’t just the murder rate; the overall crime rate also continues to drop in Dallas.
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