Dallas Chief Gets Ideas from Officers, Managers

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More than 100 reports from officers and civilian managers in the Dallas Police Department, reports required by incoming Chief David Kunkle, paint a picture of the department as a ship adrift, foundering under the weight of trivial political matters, suffering from weak leadership, crippled by civilian job cuts and cronyism and short of vision and long-range planning, reports the Dallas Morning News, which got the 300-plus pages of reports through an open records request.

Mr. Kunkle required some civilian supervisors and officers who ranked as lieutenants or higher to submit a résumé and three pages outlining what they would do with the department during the first month and the during the first year if they were named police chief. The memos echo the findings of a recent Dallas Morning News special report that found that accountability for public safety is “vague and diffuse” and that micromanagement and mismanagement by City Hall play a considerable role in the department’s predicament.

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