See also the previous post (on dispatch center is San Francisco) Veteran Dallas police officer says is department understaffed – Story | KDFW
Shrinking size of police departments in major urban centers somehow doesn’t surprise me. Not given the past 3 years. What surprises me is how many people still want to be police in places like Dallas.
The current response time in Dallas to “priority” 911 calls is about 8 minutes. The officer who is the focus of article says it worse than that. The city stands behind the numbers.
Staffing is the issue.
[Mike] Mata [Dallas Police Association president] said the Dallas city manager’s budget looking to hire 250 officers doesn’t come close to matching the retirement rate.
“We’re easily going to hit 500 this fiscal year add that to the 350-plus that we lost last year, so you’re looking on the verge of 900 officers over the last 20-22 months,” Mata said.
I’m kinda surprised that they can find 250 recruits.
What is the point of city government if they aren’t providing what used to be called “essential city services?” That would be police and fire protection (and things like 911 dispatch centers that support them)?
Without the means for armed self-defense, the old and the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent. Elderly homeowner shoots 21-year-old intruder at Red Bird home, Dallas police say | Dallas | Dallas News
You can also file this under, “Texans are still armed.”
So how is an elderly gentleman supposed to react to a 21-year-old threatening him at 1:45 AM, in his own home? I really would like to have someone who hates – or is afraid of – guns explain this to me.
The resident said Facundo was advancing toward him and he shot because he was in fear for his life.
Self-defense is a human-right.
You think that memo would have circulated by now. (This is more of a dog-bites-man story than man-bites-dog.) Dallas Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Two Suspected Burglars | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
So 2 people try to break into a home at 4 in the morning, only to find one armed, Texan (but I repeat myself) homeowner.
Police said they found one of the suspected burglars on the ground and transported the person to Baylor University Medical Center in unknown condition.
They are still searching for the 2nd guy.
Self-defense is a human-right.
They should be embarrassed. This isn’t 1997, it is 2017. Infrastructure needs to be secured against hacking. But they are all “appalled at the attack.” Hacker Set Off All Dallas Emergency Sirens in Middle of Night, City Says – NBC News
A city spokesman said all 156 emergency sirens were activated at 11:42 p.m. Friday, and the office of emergency management service agency eventually disabled the entire system at 1:17 a.m.
Here is the money quote.
The OEM hopes to have the system back up and running, with safeguards to prevent another hack, by Sunday night.
So the million dollar question is, “Why weren’t those safeguards in place last week?” Here are some other questions: When was the last security audit by an outside firm? (Can you spell “Red Team?”) What amount of the budget is dedicated to security? Are other aspects of the public infrastructure at similar risk? Who is that OEM, and how did they get the contract? (I don’t expect any of these questions to be answered.)
If you think this is only a problem in Dallas, there is probably some Florida swampland still available for purchase.
Is it winter yet? I think the end of summer into fall is going to be a very long season for law enforcement. Specific threat made against Austin police officers | KXAN.com
The department says they’re assessing the legitimacy of the threat to kill officers on Sixth Street and they’re taking all steps necessary to protect their officers.
For another look at the same info… Reports: Austin police investigating threat made against cops | Dallas Morning News
The threat comes days after five officers were killed and 11 others were injured in Dallas by a lone gunman who said he wanted to kill cops. Shooter, Micah Johnson, was an Army veteran who served a stint in Afghanistan and was living in Mesquite with his family at the time of the shooting.
And burglars are still getting shot. Dallas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Burglary Suspect
The homeowner told police he was notified of intruders inside his home by his security system sending an alert to his cell phone. He says when he got home he confronted three young men coming out his back door carrying his things.
Police say multiple witnesses along with the homeowner were brought to Dallas Police headquarters and cooperated with detectives in this investigation.
One of the three was killed. One ended up in the hospital. The third ran off.
If you break into homes, especially in Texas, you are eventually going to face an armed homeowner.
Two stories from Texas today that reinforce the notion that Texans are armed, and home invaders are getting shot.
This first story is from Dallas. Man Shot By Homeowner After Attempted Break-In
Authorities say that a man tried to break into a home and was shot by the owner of the house.
The suspect and another man were found a few blocks away and were taken into custody by police.
The second story is from Houston. Police: Homeowner shoots, kills man trying to kick in his door in southeast Houston | abc13.com
Houston police tell us two men had an argument earlier in the day when one of the men returned and tried to kick in the other man’s door.
The homeowner shot the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Self-defense is a human right.