Dallas Cops Get Grant to Study How to Patrol the Trinity

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David R. Tribble
Soon to include more cops!

It may comes as a surprise, but as more of the Trinity River project becomes actually worth using, the security concerns facing the area become more complex. To that end, with help from a grant by the Caruth Foundation through the Trinity Trust, the Dallas Police Department is conducting a $300,000 study on how to best patrol the area's diverse terrain.

Today, the Vonciel Jones Hill-chaired transportation and Trinity River project committee received an update on the study and security throughout the project from Assistant Police Chief Tom Lawrence and Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan.

"To be quite frank it's an area we had not spent a lot of time on in the past," Lawrence said, talking about the area surrounding the Trinity. Through the study, Lawrence says, the department will figure out "what safety looks like" for the Trinity.

One of the biggest concerns for the DPD, Lawrence told the committee, is how to police the woodlands near the river.

"We don't have a lot of experience working in forested areas as an urban police department," Lawrence said.

To combat that inexperience, Lawrence suggested ideas like volunteer patrols -- he said fisherman had been particularly helpful so far -- and bringing in experts from Cook County in Illinois and the U.S. Park Police to help DPD better understand the issues it is facing.

Figuring out how to patrol the forest is important because, Lawrence said, there has been a lot of misuse in those areas, including illegal deer blinds and a few marijuana groves.

The clear cut areas around the river face a different set of issues. Dumping into the river, of tires and other things, is a problem, one that isn't helped by the project's hiking and biking trails being accessible to cars and trucks.

Jordan told the committee that right now there is a security guard who patrols the levees. If he sees something suspicious or illegal, he calls the Dallas city marshals.

Ultimately, Lawrence says the goal is to have a dedicated Trinity Forest unit, the cost of which, Jordan said, could be mitigated by using storm-water fees, which already pay for some of the marshals and some surveillance cameras along the river.

Council member Sheffie Kadane offered his own solution, bringing back the city's long defunct "park patrol," cops who were only detailed to police parks.

The full City Council will be briefed on the results of the study in August or September.

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12 comments
RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Cook county IL??  How about just about any county east of I-35 throughout TX? How about Dallas Sheriff?  Whose relative is in Cook County that stands to make a buck off of this idiotic venture?  DPD has helicopters, segways, bikes and horses.  Buy a couple of boats, spend a couple thousand training some guys how you operate them and you're set.  If you need more in-depth training on woodland patrol tactics, send some guys down to Ft Hood and let them go on a 5-day FTX with some Cav Scouts.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

What a great idea! I'll bet they could come up with all sorts of charges for the D.A. to dismiss.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

...security guard who patrols the levees. If he sees something suspicious or illegal, he calls the Dallas city marshals.

How fucking stupid is that?

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

"Ultimately, Lawrence says the goal is to have a dedicated Trinity Forest unit, the cost of which, Jordan said, could be mitigated by using storm-water fees, which already pay for some of the marshals and some surveillance cameras along the river."


Just drill a few gas wells down there.  Problem solved.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Maybe they can get a decommissioned duck or LST.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

We need a "Trinity River Police Force".  Replete with their own uniforms, all-terrain pods and airboats, Helos, drones and SWAT units with their own distinctive color scheme.  Night vision, Barrett .50 cals, hardened vehicles and Faraday Boxes to store them.

Somebody call Homeland Security.  I hear they'll fund any paramilitary group with a pulse.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Shouldn't they be patrolling in Solar Powered Police Boats by now?

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@bvckvs If you want to be world class you need to bring in the best crooks to learn from

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@holmantx: use Apocalypse Now and Platoon as training tools. Ask the CIA and USAF for some used drones and spare pilots. If that doesn't work, bring on the Agent Orange.

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