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Police Department Dallas
45% SCORE

Scorecard at a Glance

Average for 4 Sections: 45%

Scores range from 0-100% comparing cities with over 250k population. Cities with higher scores spend less on policing, use less force, are more likely to hold officers accountable and make fewer arrests for low-level offenses.

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Police Funding:  35%
Police Budget Cost per Person        
Misconduct Settlements        
Fines/Forfeitures        
Police Presence/Over-Policing (Officers per Population)        
Police Violence:  46%
Force Used per Arrest        
Deadly Force per Arrest        
Unarmed Victims of Deadly Force per Arrest        
Racial Disparities in Deadly Force        
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Police Accountability:  53%
Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Excessive Force Complaints Upheld        
Discrimination Complaints Upheld        
Criminal Misconduct Complaints Upheld        
Approach to Law Enforcement:  47%
Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses        
Homicides Solved        
Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests        

Key Findings

Police Funding i

35% -6%

Police Funding By Year

$545.97M  |  $400 per Resident

More Police Funding per Capita than 63% of Depts

Funds Spent On Misconduct Settlements

$3M per year from 2012-14  |  $20,162 per 10k population

^  More Spending due to Misconduct than 52% of Depts   

Funds taken from communities in fines and forfeitures

Total: $425.95M from 2010-19

Number of officers per 1k population

3,075 Officers  |  23 per 10k Residents

More Officers per Population than 76% of Depts

Police violence i

46% +3%

Police Use of Force By Year

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More Police Shootings per Arrest than 67% of Depts

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Less-Lethal Force

Used More Force per Arrest than 69% of Depts

2,681 Incidents  |  105 every 10k arrests  |  +45%

^  Includes batons, strangleholds, tasers & other police weapons   

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Deadly Force

41 Killings by Police from 2013-20  |  1.6 every 10k arrests

^  More Killings by Police per Arrest than 63% of Depts   

Deadly Force by Armed Status

17% Unarmed  |  39% Did Not Allegedly Have a Gun

Unarmed Other Alleged Gun Vehicle
17%
19%
61%

^  More Unarmed People Killed per Arrest than 70% of Depts   

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Police Violence by Race

Black Latinx N.Am API Other White

Population of Jurisdiction

23%
41%
29%

Police Department Demographics

26%
21%
50%

People Arrested

54%
31%
23%

People Killed

41%
27%
29%

^  More Racial Disparities in Deadly Force than 16% of Depts   

Police Accountability i

53% +19%

Total civilian complaints

2,483 from 2018-20  |  26% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Use of Force Complaints

225 Reported  |  9% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Complaints of Police Discrimination

35 Reported  |  0% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Alleged Crimes Committed by Police

14 Reported  |  64% Ruled in Favor of Civilians

 

Approach to Law Enforcement i

47%

Arrests By Year

234,327 Arrests Reported from 2013-19

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Arrests for Low Level Offenses

165,467 Arrests  |  17 per 1k residents

^  Higher Arrest Rate for Low Level Offenses than 42% of Depts   

Percent of total arrests by type

All Arrests for Low Level Offenses ( 71% )

Drug Possession ( 13% )

Violent Crime ( 6% )

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Homicides Unsolved

1,322 Homicides from 2013-19  |  614 Unsolved

^  Solved Fewer Homicides than 31% of Depts   

Percent of Homicides Unsolved by Race

Homicides of Black Victims Unsolved ( 42% )

Homicides of Latinx Victims Unsolved ( 43% )

Homicides of White Victims Unsolved ( 41% )

Texas Police Department Scores

Rankings are based upon a 0 to 100 percentage scale. Departments with higher scores use less force, make fewer arrests for low level offenses, solve murder cases more often, hold officers more accountable and spend less on policing overall.

Overall Scores for Depts where We Have Obtained the Most Data.

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Police Department Score 5YR
26. North Richland Hills 36% -2%
25. Port Arthur 36% +6%
24. Austin 37% +3%
23. Arlington 38% -5%
22. Amarillo 38% -6%
21. Conroe 40% -3%
20. Pasadena 41% -9%
19. San Angelo 41% +5%
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Police Department Score 5YR
* Roanoke 45% +5%
* Bullard 45% +5%
* Hillsboro 45% +9%
* Dayton 45% +6%
* Monahans 45% -4%
* Kaufman 45% +11%
* Silsbee 45% +1%
* Sansom Park 45% +10%
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* An asterisk indicates this location did not publish enough data to evaluate. Click below to add data to the Scorecard.

About This Scorecard

This is the first nationwide evaluation of policing in the United States. It was built using data from state and federal databases, public records requests to local police departments, and media reports. While police data is never perfect, and there are additional indicators that still need to be tracked, the Police Scorecard is designed to provide insight into many important issues in policing.

methodology Source Data

 

Use this Scorecard to identify issues within police departments that require the most urgent interventions and hold officials accountable for implementing solutions. For example, cities with higher rates of low level arrests could benefit most from solutions that create alternatives to policing and arrest for these offenses. In cities where police make fewer arrests overall but use more force when making arrests, communities could benefit significantly from policies designed to hold police accountable for excessive force. And cities where complaints of police misconduct are rarely ruled in favor of civilians could benefit from creating an oversight structure to independently investigate these complaints.

 

Here's how to start pushing for change

  • Contact your Mayor and Police Chief, share your scorecard with them and urge them to enact policies to address the issues you've identified:
    Advocacy Tip:  Texas state legislators are currently considering the George Floyd Act, a bill that would limit police from arresting people for traffic violations and many other low-level, non-violent offenses and end qualified immunity for police.
  • Look up your state and federal representatives below, then tell them to take action to hold police accountable in your community.

 

If you have feedback, questions about the project, or need support with an advocacy campaign, contact our Project Lead, Samuel Sinyangwe.