City Ends Verified Response
DALLAS REPEALS VERIFIED RESPONSE ORDINANCENEW MAYOR MAKES REPEAL TOP PRIORITY
Political newcomer Tom Leppert beat a six better known candidates with a campaign pledge that included the repeal the city’s controversial verified response policy. Leppert made the repeal of verified response his first order of council business once he took office.“We’ve got to be concerned about the policy and the wider message it sends,” Leppert said, noting that guaranteed police response to burglar alarms is one component in helping Dallas expand its tax base, thereby increasing funds available to police. “This is not a policy that allows us to continue to build the city of Dallas.” Dallas Morning News Verified response was controversial from the time it was first proposed by a Citizens Productivity Committee that later acknowledged it was not aware of more effective alternative alarm management programs and was eventually disbanded.After hundreds of angry citizens filled council chambers opposing verified response, the city council limited the policy to businesses and quickly began hearing complaints from business owners. Surveillance video of a store owner being attacked by a burglar received widespread publicity and condemnation of the policy. When former Dallas police chief David Kunkle later ran for mayor he said he would not bring up the idea of verified response again. Kunkle pointed out that Arlington, Texas; Fort Worth and Los Angeles had all previously rejected verified response. “You can’t sell the idea, and I wouldn’t try,” said Kunkle.
OTHER CITIES WHO HAVE DROPPED VERIFIED RESPONSE:
South Salt Lake City, Utah - Summit, Colorado - Dallas, Texas - Madison, Wisconsin - Cathedral City, California - Washoe County, Nevada - Indio, California - Chico, California
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