Governor Abbott Directs DPS Resources To Help Combat Violent Crime In Dallas

June 7, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

At the request of Dallas Police Department (PD) Chief U. Reneé Hall, Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide direct support to the Dallas PD in their efforts to reduce violent crime and protect the communities in and around Dallas. 

“As Governor, my first priority will always be the safety of all Texans,” said Governor Abbott. “As such, I am directing the Texas Department of Public Safety to assist the Dallas Police Department in their efforts to reduce the surge in violent crime that is afflicting the city. The Dallas Police Department is committed to doing all they can to crack down on criminal activity, and Texas will dedicate whatever resources are needed to help keep our communities safe.”

DPS will work with the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas County District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement partners to enhance the safety and security of Dallas communities.

DPS will deploy additional Troopers, Special Agents, aviation personnel and aircraft, analysts, and communications operators to provide direct assistance to the Dallas PD to combat this surge in crime. Additionally, at the request of the Dallas PD, the Texas Rangers will provide investigative support for homicides. DPS regional command staff is coordinating with the Dallas PD to provide them with any resources they need.