- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - The homicide rate in Dallas was higher last month than in May 2015, but the police chief said he believes a task force has helped address a spike in the city’s violent crime this year.

Dallas Police Department data show that there were 17 homicides reported in May, including 10 people who were killed in one week. That compares to 14 homicides during the same month last year, the Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1UE8CcP ) reported.

But that’s a decrease from March, which remains the deadliest month of the year so far in Dallas, with 20 homicide victims. Seven homicides were reported in March 2015, according to the police data.

Dallas Chief David Brown formed a 170-officer task force in March, after the drastic increase in slayings and other violent crimes, including aggravated assaults and robberies. Brown has said many of this year’s assaults and deaths were related to drugs or domestic violence.

The department released the latest details about task force activities last week. The data show that officers targeting high-crime areas between June 2 and June 9 arrested 41 people, seized five guns and recovered two stolen vehicles, according to the newspaper.

Nearly 9 pounds of narcotics were seized after 201 drug complaints were investigated.

Another task force is serving outstanding domestic violence arrest warrants, Brown said. The police chief also started a task force to fight a nearly 3 percent increase in property crimes this year. Residents are more likely to be victims of a theft or a burglary than a violent crime, Dallas police officials said. Last week, the task force arrested 29 people and recovered two stolen cars.

Experts say what’s happening in Dallas mirrors national trends. Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore and other large cities have seen similar spikes in murders and violent crimes.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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