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Governor Abbott directs DPS resources to Dallas police to combat violent crime spike

Greg Abbott
Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 18:24:34-05

DALLAS, TX — Following the request of the Dallas Police Department, Governor Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to provide support in Dallas Police Department's efforts to protect their local communities.

"The rise in violent crime in the city of Dallas is unacceptable, and the Texas Department of Public Safety will assist the Dallas Police Department in their efforts to protect the community and reduce this surge in crime," said Governor Abbott.

DPS will be deploying State Troopers, Special Agents & Intelligence Analysts to help their gang & drug investigative operations.

Additionally, DPS will provide two patrol planes and two helicopters to provide direct air support. They will also send a team of Texas Rangers to assist Dallas police's homicide investigations.

Additional resources will be made available should they be requested by Dallas police.

"Every Texan deserves to feel safe in their own community, and the State of Texas will continue to provide the city of Dallas with the resources they need to crack down on this heinous activity and protect Dallas residents," said Abbott.