Violent incidents making headlines in Dallas this year include a mass shooting that injured 10 people and resulted in City Council passing a new event-promoter ordinance.

Our city’s incidents with road rage, violence in nightlife areas, guns in school spaces and kids killing kids are overwhelming.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson released a five-point plan Tuesday to reduce violent crime in the city.

The Mayor sent a memo to City Manager T.C. Broadnax and City Attorney Chris Caso laying out the plan and touting his Summer of Safety campaign.

A blight-remediation plan modeled on one in Philadelphia tops Johnson’s list. The plan also calls for interventions in public schools, the swift policing known as focused deterrence, formally challenging state alcohol licensing for businesses where violence has occurred, and calling on City Council to hear various strategies for crime reduction.

It’s unclear what making this plan a reality could cost. The Dallas Morning News explains the Dallas Police Department budget here.

These are Johnson’s five points, taken directly from the memo:

  • Blight remediation: Blight remediation was one of the top recommendations of my
    Task Force on Safe Communities two-and-a-half years ago. While the Dallas City
    Council has previously committed to funding blight remediation efforts in our annual
    budget, my staff has begun to work with the City Attorney’s Office on a new policy —
    modeled on a successful program in Philadelphia — that would take our city’s blight
    remediation efforts to the next level. I am requesting that both of you give your full
    support to developing this policy and moving it forward to ensure that Dallas can
    continue to reduce violent crime in our communities.
  • School partnerships: Our schools play a critical role in keeping our children safe.
    Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, the new superintendent of the Dallas Independent School
    District, was previously a member of my Task Force on Safe Communities and
    helped champion the expansion of the Becoming A Man (BAM) and Working On
    Womanhood (WOW) programs in Dallas ISD schools. We must continue to push for
    further expansions of these efforts in Dallas ISD and in all the school districts inside
    our city limits. I trust that you will make the Dallas Police Department’s crime
    analysts and other city staff available to our educational partners so that their
    resources are directed to areas where they are most needed.
  • Focused deterrence: In the upcoming budget, I will support funding for the Dallas
    Police Department’s planned focused deterrence program. Police Chief Eddie
    Garcia has been a proponent of such a program, saying it will be integral to his
    violent crime reduction plan. I would request that both of you begin work to develop
    this program so that it can be implemented expeditiously upon passage of the
    budget.
  • Challenging alcohol licenses of bad actors: Several violent incidents in our city’s
    vibrant and thriving nightlife districts have caused some safety concerns. I
    appreciate the efforts of our police department and our community partners in
    response, but we must ensure we are doing everything we can to make our
    signature neighborhoods as safe as possible. Therefore, I would like to see the
    Dallas Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office partner to challenge the
    alcoholic beverage licenses of any businesses that have acted irresponsibly and
    catalyzed public safety issues in these neighborhoods. The Texas Alcoholic
    Beverage Commission has an established process in place for such license protests,
    and we should be willing to take full advantage of that process in the interests of
    public safety.
  • Dallas City Council committee briefings: I would like for you both to work with the
    chairs of our standing committees of the Dallas City Council to develop briefings this
    fall regarding strategies that various city departments and agencies can contribute to
    public safety in Dallas. For example, your staff could brief the Transportation &
    Infrastructure Committee on the overlap between high-violence locations and the
    “infrastructure deserts” identified by a recent Southern Methodist University study on
    the matter. Such an analysis could help us prioritize the allocation of infrastructure
    resources for those areas.