Dallas wins $175,000 Police Reform & Racial Justice Grant

DALLAS — The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with Target, on Monday announced Dallas as one of three recipients of Police Reform and Racial Justice Grants.

Dallas was the sole winner of the grant program’s Large City Award, which totals $175,000.

The grant will be used to expand the city’s RIGHT Care program, which currently provides a multidisciplinary team capable of immediate mobilization and response to mental health-related police calls 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Dallas is a national leader in taking comprehensive, innovative, and proactive approaches to public safety,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “While we are committed to law enforcement, we are also implementing and expanding new programs that address social, environmental, and behavioral issues in our communities. RIGHT Care is one such program, and it has helped us to dramatically improve outcomes for people experiencing mental health crises. We are honored to be recognized for our work, and with this grant, we can continue our efforts to build safer, stronger, kinder, and more just communities.”

Mayor Johnson serves on the USCM advisory board and as the USCM Vice Chair for Aviation. The city’s Office of Integrated Public Safety Solutions, which oversees RIGHT Care and the Mayor’s Task Force on Safe Communities programs, worked on the grant proposal.

At the 2021 USCM Winter Meeting in January, Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President & Chief External Engagement Officer for Target, announced the creation of a two-year, $700,000 Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant Program. This national partnership aims to identify, support and promote police policies and practices in cities shown to be most effective in advancing the goal of justice for all residents. Winners of these grants — one each for large, mid-size, and small cities — are being recognized for their innovative approaches to tackling these critical issues.

“As one of the nation’s largest retailers and employers, Target has an unwavering commitment to create spaces where our team members, guests and communities feel safe,” said Laysha Ward, EVP and Chief External Engagement Officer, Target. “It will take the collective efforts of individuals, private businesses, community partners and public agencies to dismantle systemic racism, which is why we’re proud to support the Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant Program and the innovative solutions that will result in more equitable policing in communities across the country.”

“The Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant will help mayors and cities to continue these targeted, dynamic efforts to strengthen public safety and racial justice,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of USCM. “We are grateful to have a partner in Target that recognizes and supports cities that are putting in the work to achieve greater racial justice and strengthen the trust between law enforcement and the communities that they serve.”

Summary descriptions of the winning programs, along with the balance of the 36 programs submitted by cities in the grant competition, have been posted on the Conference of Mayors website under the Center for Compassionate and Equitable Cities. The goal is to share with all mayors information on the approaches to police reform being taken or planned by their colleagues throughout the country.

Learn more about the partnership between Target and USCM, and the Police Reform and Racial Justice Grant program in the announcement here.

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Chief of Policy and Communications for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson