The move comes as the popular entertainment district has dealt with several crime issues over the past year.
DALLAS – Dallas Police will increase its efforts to patrol the Deep Ellum area with a new unit dedicated entirely to the neighborhood, officials have announced.
The move comes as Deep Alum, a popular entertainment district in the east of the city, has had several shootings over the past year, including a fatal shooting over the weekend.
Eren Johnson, 20, was found murdered on Saturday morning near Clover Street in Deep Ellum, police said.
Dallas City Councilman Jesse Moreno said police have made efforts to increase security and patrols in Deep Ellum in response to other shootings in recent months, but the new patrol unit will add more.
Moreno supported the move to a new police unit for the Deep Alum. The new unit will be rolling out this fall.
“You’re going to see officers approaching people who are probably drinking on the sidewalk,” Moreno said. “We want to make sure we’re addressing violent crime, but we’re also addressing quality of life issues that may turn into something more violent.”
Moreno said executives will “have a special relationship with business owners, and we’ll be able to recognize, ‘Hey, this is out of place.
Deep Alum business owners have stated that they have been proactive in addressing safety and security concerns in the area. Earlier this year, the Deep Alum Foundation told the WFAA that there were about 25 surveillance cameras stationed around Deep Alum, and the foundation also opened a command center on Main Street in February, where security officers can watch live cameras in various areas of the neighborhood. can.
The command center has also been a hub where the Dallas Police Department, code compliance personnel, Dallas Fire-Rescue, and homeless case workers roam the Deep Alum to discuss enforcement strategies for any given night.
This summer the Deep alum relaunched its rideshare “Flow Zone” for pickup and drop-off. Police began closing some roads in Deep Ellum earlier this year to help with crowd control efforts.
In this latest shooting from the weekend, police released surveillance images of potential suspects in the death of Aaron Johnson.