Home News Future looks ‘bleak’ for Dallas PD if something isn’t done to increase...

Future looks ‘bleak’ for Dallas PD if something isn’t done to increase pay and retain officers


The Dallas Police Department is facing some challenging times ahead.

DPD has reached a “critical” point, says Mike Mata, vice president of the Dallas Police Association.

It’s gotten so bad, he says, that the last two academy classes were cancelled because there were so few applicants.

Not only is the dept struggling to hire new recruits, but there’s been a sort of mass exodus of veteran officers at a time when morale has been very low.

Those cops are leaving for other cities in the state, like Ft. Worth, where the pay is better. A Dallas police officer’s starting salary is $45,000, one of the lowest in the area. In surrounding cities, they can make up to $15,000 more – the local ABC affiliate reported.

Mata says if they don’t do something now to “stem the tide of these losses” the future of the dept looks very “bleak.”

Citizens meantime are feeling the impact. They say police response times are not good enough and they just don’t feel safe.

The violent crime rate is up 15 % from last year, WFAA reports.

The dept is working with the local police association to negotiate higher pay for their officers and other ways in which to retain them.


© 2016 Bright Mountain Media, Inc.

All rights reserved. The content of this webpage may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written consent of Bright Mountain Media, Inc. which may be contacted at info@brightmountainmedia.com

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here