How a "perfect storm" of problems has shrunk Texas' largest city police forces

Texas' two biggest city police departments are losing officers because of troubled pension funds and low pay. The shrinking ranks have paired with rising violent crime rates, longer call response times and fewer solved crimes. 


BY JOLIE MCCULLOUGH AUG. 24, 2017 12 AM



In Houston, police say there are solvable property crime cases with no one to solve them. Dallas officers are taking more time to respond to fewer emergency calls, and both cities are slower to get to non-emergency situations.

Officials blame this on the dwindling number of officers in Texas’ two largest city police departments.


“At some point you get diminished returns, when you’re as lean as we are,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said. Read More


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