Mayor Johnson: It’s always the right time to lean in on public safety

Everyone must be part of the solution.

  • Blight remediation: Blight remediation was one of the top recommendations of the Task Force on Safe Communities. While the Dallas City Council has previously committed to funding blight remediation efforts in the city’s annual budget, work has begun with the City Attorney’s Office on an updated policy — modeled on a successful program in Philadelphia — meant to take the city’s blight remediation efforts to the next level. For more, read this Dallas Morning News editorial.
  • School partnerships: It’s time to step up the coordination between school districts and the City of Dallas on the expansion of social-and-emotional learning programs in public schools. Kids must be taught conflict resolution skills so they don’t resort to violence.
  • Focused deterrence: It’s time to fund a focused deterrence program — a component of Police Chief Eddie Garcia’s violent crime reduction plan — in the upcoming budget. And the program must be implemented as quickly as possible.
  • Challenging alcohol licenses of bad actors: Several violent incidents in the city’s vibrant and thriving nightlife districts have caused some safety concerns. The City Attorney’s Office and City Manager’s Office should work collaboratively to protest the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission licenses of businesses that have created public safety problems in those areas.
  • Dallas City Council committee briefings: The standing committees of the Dallas City Council should take up briefings this fall regarding strategies that various city departments and agencies can contribute to improve public safety in Dallas.
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