About 150 officers fanned out one evening last week in an operation Dallas police will replicate nearly 30 times this summer in neighborhoods across the city, says the Dallas Morning News. Toting survey sheets and safety brochures, they focused on a half-square-mile sliver in a crime-plagued area called Five Points.
Children paused games of catch to observe the officers going door-to-door. “They're scared of the uniform,” Detective Jeff Baumann says. The officers' queries are central to Operation Heat Wave, a summer push to gather tips and reduce property crime across the city. Police have already received valuable information, including a fresh lead in a murder case. “It's not just the surveys,” said Lt. Mackie Don Ham. “You can't gauge the positive impact this has out in the community.”