Veteran Dallas Police Officer Nick Novello has been speaking out against the mismanagement and incompetence displayed by the department’s police chief U. Renee Hall for years, and as Dallas approaches unprecedented murder and crime rates, Novello is once again sounding the alarm.
Recently, Hall appeared in the hot seat before the Dallas city council where she was raked over the coals for how horribly the department has managed both itself and crime within the city. As of now, Dallas is set to hit a decade high in homicide rates with a projected 228 deaths by the end of the year.
Now rumors are swirling that Hall is about to get the boot, and Novello plans to deliver a letter to Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson that may just seal the deal as it details just how bad things are behind the scenes at the Dallas PD. It’s a letter that he has allowed RedState to see before it’s delivered.
What is contained in the letter is nothing short of shocking.
Among the facts is the revelation that there are less than 1,200 officers attempting to patrol a city filled with 1.4 million people. Novello also reveals that as the murder rate spikes, Dallas detectives are short-staffed by 40 to 60 percent. He also reveals that emergency calls that go unanswered by police due to a lack of officers present.
“I work the slowest watch in the city and I am in possession of hundreds of emergency calls with the same language, “supervisor notified, call expired, no elements or officers available,” wrote Novello. “Now if calls for police service go largely unanswered in a timely manner at central, what do you suppose is happening across the city, particularly during busy periods or when one emergency ties up scarce resources?”
Novello also mentions that in response, Hall has told her officers to handle calls with a “triaging” methodology. Novello points out that this is more revealing to the department’s problems than some may believe:
In a medical context, triage means that one will determine the severity of the injury in question, and treat based on a hierarchical order, depending on who needs medical attention the most. It is understood that scarce medical resources necessitate the triage methodology being utilized. In using the term “triaging” in a police context, are we telling the citizens of Dallas that their needs are going to be assessed based on the immediacy of the threat or injury extant in a scenario? I must insist that using this triaging language, is no less than a mea culpa, and speaks to DPD’s inability to perform it’s functions. In the context of policing, admitting that we are going to triaging is nothing short of admitting that we are no longer capable of servicing the citizens of this city in totality.
In other words, if your house has been broken into and a robbery has occurred, the police may not show up to your door for hours as the scarcely available units are busy with what may be a more pressing crime happening that moment. Some calls, as Novello points out in his letter, aren’t getting responded to at all, and in large number.
“Officers at other stations tell me, calls at times are backed up 40-50 at a time; many emergency calls holding for hours due to the staffing crisis,” Novello tells the Mayor. “I suspect you know nothing of this miasma. Now you do.”
As Novello plans to release this letter to Mayor Johnson, multiple Dallas policing groups have also come forward and revealed that its members have voted that they have no confidence in Hall and that they do not believe that she has the ability to turn the department around.
How Hall continues with her job intact without a miracle is anyone’s guess. If she does, Dallas may watch as its crime problem continues to worsen as officers abandon the department for greener pastures, and fewer officers are there to answer calls for help by Dallas citizens.
In the meantime, Dallas is definitely in a quiet crisis due to the consistent mismanagement of Hall who seems more focused on a social justice laden approach to fighting crime than actually fighting crime and securing the best she can for her officers who have accused her of ruining careers and using her position to punish her opposition.