Dallas Police Department wins national award for Violent Crime Reduction Plan

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department was named a winner in the International Data Corporation Government Insights’ fifth annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA).

DPD was recognized for its “Violent Crime Evidence-Based Reduction Plan” in the Data-Driven Policing category. The awards were designed to recognize the progress North American municipalities have made in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as providing a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region. DPD will be honored at Smart Cities Connect being held April 4–7, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Winners in the SCNAA illustrate best practice examples of how forward-thinking municipalities are effectively leveraging technology and innovation to offer new services and economic opportunities to meet the needs and expectations of citizens and residents.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said, “The Violent Crime Evidence-Based Reduction Plan is the result of work closely with criminologists, hearing from other departments within the City, and, most importantly, listening to our neighborhoods most impacted by violent crime. Our ultimate goal is the reduction of crime, with an increase in community trust. We will strive for both, as these concepts are not mutually exclusive. We will see further challenges in 2022 and our priority now is for our men and women to continue to partner with our community and strive to achieve an even safer Dallas.”

“In Dallas, we have made public safety our top priority. As this award demonstrates, our focus on community-based solutions and data-driven crime reduction strategies has made us a national leader,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said. “I want to thank Chief Garcia, the men and women of the Dallas Police Department, and the Dallas City Council for buying into our ‘kitchen-sink approach’ to reducing violent crime. Together, we can continue to build safer communities for all of our residents.”

“Dallas is one of the few major cities in the U.S. seeing a drop in violent crime while others are seeing an increase,” said City Manager TC Broadnax. “The department’s Violent Crime Evidence-Based Reduction Plan is working and municipalities across the country are paying attention and using DPD as a model for success. I couldn’t be prouder of the men and women in blue committed to making Dallas a safer city.”

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