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Dallas Police officials want to reduce violence in Deep Ellum – and they’re working on a plan

People walk through the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas on a rainy day.
Keren Carrión
The Dallas Police Department is working on a plan to reduce crime in Deep Ellum.

The Dallas Police Department wants to avoid a repeat of what happened in Deep Ellum last summer. Several violent incidents were reported, including a shooting, a stabbing and a collision that critically injured a pedestrian.

So it’s working on a plan.

“One thing you can rest assure that it will include high visibility and it will include high traffic control... some of those things we have found to be successful,” said DPD Sergeant Mitchell Warren.

DPD wants to put more cops on the streets, add security cameras and lower speed limits to control traffic.

“...Summertime is when things heat up in Deep Ellum,” said Council Member Jesse Moreno, who represents the district. “We are being proactive and we're working with Chief Garcia and his team in order to be able to have a plan in place before the summer gets here.”

Moreno said he is working with DPD and has received support from the Deep Ellum Foundation and Deep Ellum Community Association.

Moreno and police officials are meeting with Deep Ellum residents and business owners to find out about their safety concerns. They will also host community meetings, small workshops, and a community safety fair where police officers and firefighters will teach residents about safety. Residents who don’t attend can share their comments with DPD in an online survey.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to partner with Councilman Moreno once again to take a look at how city services and department practices can be communicated, coordinated and adapted as our neighborhood changes to best serve this cultural and entertainment hub for the entire region,” said Stephanie Keller Hudiburg, executive director of The Deep Ellum Foundation, in a press release.

Moreno hopes the plan will come out before the summer season.

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Alejandra Martinez is a reporter for KERA and The Texas Newsroom through Report for America (RFA). She's covering the impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities and the city of Dallas.