What do residents want in new Dallas police chief? Survey shows someone who can lower crime

The leading candidates for the 30th Dallas Police Chief will be interviewed in a televised question and answer session Wednesday.

The seven finalists include three internal candidates, a former deputy chief, police chiefs in Irving and Charlottesville, Virginia, and a police chief who recently retired from San Jose, California.

The finalists are: Dallas Police Maj. Malik Aziz; Deputy Police Commissioner Avery Moore; Deputy Chief Reuben Ramirez; Albert Martinez, Security Director for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas; Irving Police Chief Jeff Spivey; Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Commissioner RaShall Brackney; and Former San Jose, California Police Commissioner Eddie Garcia.

They are vying to succeed Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall, who announced in September that she was stepping down because of officials criticizing her leadership of the department. She was elected Dallas Police Chief in 2017 and will stay until the end of December. Hall was the first woman to be named the best woman police officer in town.

Deputy chief Lonzo Anderson, a 23-year veteran of the Dallas police force, was named interim chief as of Tuesday.

The new boss will start in early 2021, according to TC Broadnax, city manager for the city of Dallas, who is leading the search and plans to make the final choice by the end of the month.

The seven candidates will answer questions from members of the Dallas City Council during a television and live streaming event on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has questioned the transparency of the search for a new police chief.

However, at Monday’s public security committee meeting, councilors said they could contribute. Ultimately, Broadnax has the final say in who gets hired.

“I think it is easy to criticize afterwards instead of making good contributions beforehand. … I am very pleased with the direction this is going, ”said Councilor Lee Kleinman. “The candidates look solid.”

More than 50 community and law enforcement groups were invited to virtual panel interviews starting Tuesday, before Broadnax speaks privately with the finalists. Broadnax said he could trim the list after this week.

“There are seven, apparently as of Tuesday, that may be a much smaller group based on the feedback we get when I actually sit down and have a chat with them on Thursday,” Broadnax said.

City officials are asking the public for help prioritizing issues to be addressed during the Q&A through an online poll in English and Spanish that ends Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

The event will be broadcast on the city’s website, YouTube page and on Spectrum Channel 16.

The consulting firm, which is helping to hire the city’s next police chief, interviewed residents separately in November to see what they expect from the next top police officer. A report on the results was released earlier this month with more than 4,500 responses.

This poll asked residents if there was anything outside of the poll that Broadnax should consider when choosing the next police chief. More than 3,000 people responded.

Here is an example of the anonymous replies. A full account is included below.

  • “We need someone who understands the unique challenges we face in Dallas, including our shockingly segregated and differentiated neighborhoods, urban sprawl, and especially the homelessness problems we face. Someone with experience in a city of similar size and struggles, with a proven track record of performance and people management is key! “
  • I want a police chief and a police force that is very tough on crime. We need to send a loud message to violent criminals and gangs that violence will not be tolerated in Dallas.
  • “Someone who works within increasing resource constraints while remaining creative and supporting community policing. Someone who understands this is not a “us versus you” scenario when it comes to color communities and the desire of some to reallocate DPD resources to other parts of the city’s budget. “
  • “Someone who understands and can respect the different cultures of our residents. Someone who is a strong leader but knows that he is no better or worse than anyone else. Will be a role model, firm, compassionate, fair, and balanced to all, can form partnerships within the department and in the community. Honesty and knowledge of the law are very important. Someone who will love the job and not just see it as a stepping stone to more money and power. Someone who deserves respect and doesn’t ask for it. “
  • “It doesn’t matter if the boss is white, black, orange, pink or green, just hire someone who is qualified.”
  • “We need to focus much more on police training. Please hire a candidate who would like to receive information from the community on new guidelines to implement what works for the police and the general public. We also need a boss who is focused on training with the officials on a regular basis to better de-escalate situations. A police chief who makes a positive impact on the Dallas community is invaluable. We need someone with a vision to relieve tension and lead a real initiative to build healthy relationships with the citizens of Dallas. “
  • ”Rent internally! Don’t waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on a nationwide search. “
  • “Please hire a police chief from outside the department to create new perspectives for the challenges the department is facing today.”
  • Dallas needs a conservative police chief with a strong back. Someone who is focused on reducing the crime rate and has a proven record of reducing the crime rate. Someone to make sure officials get the best training possible. Someone who doesn’t step aside and allow progressive far-right activists to tell them how to do their jobs. “
  • Personally, I think it would be great to have someone who realizes that policies need to change within minority communities and make Dallas a leader in this type of change. Someone who isn’t afraid to answer difficult questions honestly and isn’t afraid to be transparent in their guidelines. The police cameras must be on at all times and provide quick access to these videos for the media and the public. “
  • The new boss should have experience in crime-fighting management. Should be bilingual or Latin American and understand the cultural diversity of Dallas. “
  • Someone who is approachable and approachable. I think the personality goes a long way – someone who makes both the homeless and politicians feel comfortable. “
  • “We need a leader who will not give in to public pressure even though our current culture of contempt is at an all-time high. Hold staff accountable while fulfilling community expectations that the police are here to do a job and keep the community safe. If anything, they are rarely called to a scene due to a positive event. The community has to take this into account. Start early in our public schools to improve education and reduce prejudice against the police from a young age. “
  • Remember that Dallas is the sum of its parts. Protection and service to people must include everyone who lives here. Not just the upper class. The next boss needs to have a thorough understanding of the disparate components of the judicial system and budgets that keep some neighborhoods from developing and residents in their immediate communities are careful. “
  • Are you considering supporting the safety of our officers with possibly external training facilities? I think the training of our officers is an important key component of their safety, as well as the safety of our community. If we are forced to disappoint the cops, maybe you are taking funding from another area for better training? (i.e. the dog park improvements?) Coming from an avid dog lover and advocate, I am ready to sacrifice for the love of our officers and the safety of our city! “

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