Dallas police chief finalists

July 12, 2017 11:42
Dallas police chief finalists

The seven finalists vying to become Dallas' next chief of police know the challenges that face them: low retention and morale and rising crime rates. The finalists, three of whom are from within the Dallas Police Department, are going through a three-day interview process. They have toured police headquarters and the 911 call center.

They are interviewed by six panels of various Dallas leaders, including faith leaders and law enforcement officials, before meeting the residents at an event at Dallas City Hall. The interview panelists had praised the finalists, stating that they all are strong candidates.

"If they all want the job as bad as they all told us they did, a great chief was in the mix," said Gary Griffith, a former City Council member and president of Safer Dallas, a police booster group.

Dallas police Sgt. Sheldon Smith, who was on the interviewing panels, said that many officers are waiting to see who the next police chief is before deciding whether to stay in the department. "We're a city that has officers who are leaving," he said.

Smith said that the panelists are not disappointed with the candidates. He said that the internal candidates "know the inner workings of the Police Department and the outside candidates, they did their homework."

By Premji

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