Don Hill's Faith-Based Plan For...Crime-Fighting?

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Yeah, that's what is says in the press release we just got from Hill's campaign...pardon, from Hill's "Campaign of Courage." (Wait -- isn't that also Jennifer Gale's slogan? No? M'bad.) Anyway, here's Don Hill's crime-fighting plan. We'll let Dave Levinthal check the sources, but we have a feeling this is all Don Hill's. --Robert Wilonsky


Mayoral candidate and current Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill unveiled today a three part plan as an alternative to reduce crime within the city of Dallas. The plan urges a partnership with the faith community along with economic development and community policing.

"The faith community, our churches, mosques and synagogues, can help us attack our serious issues through their preaching, teaching, education and community programs," said Hill. The Mayor Pro Tem pointed out that in a recent study of the profile of victims and perpetrators of violent crimes in Dallas found ongoing and existing relationships, familial and others are at the root of the violent crimes committed.

"We can make a difference with a different approach," said Hill. "We are a community that is deeply faith based. We look for spiritual guidance and counseling. Our city's pastors, rabbis and ministers are very much interested and committed to a reduction of crime and the safety of our neighbors."

Hill's plan also calls for an emphasis on aggressive economic development as part of a comprehensive and holistic approach. He includes job creation and expanding new and existing businesses as key elements of a crime reduction strategy. "History teaches us that in good economic times, crime rates trend downward," Hill said. The city needs to sustain its current economic development activity while embracing an enhanced strategy that does not include new taxes, according to the Economic Development Platform previously released by the Mayor Pro Tem.

Hill's strategy for additional police is a focus on stronger community policing programs within the police department. "We have never reached 3,000 officers that we budgeted for," he said "because of several factors that still exist today." Hill cited tough pay competition from surrounding suburban communities, a thorough candidate screening process for prospective officers and a lack of affordable housing opportunities in the city of Dallas for officers.

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