DPD expands successful Starlight program
A dramatic reduction in crime in Dallas is the positive result of a crime-fighting initiative called “Starlight” which was launched to aid in preventing crimes in Dallas.
The Dallas Police Department (DPD), Safer Dallas Better Dallas and Motorola Solutions partnership began in October 2019. The state-of-the-art software and camera system helps DPD prevent crimes from occurring at businesses such as retail outlets, convenience stores and gas stations. With Motorola’s ingenuity, police officers at headquarters are able to see in real-time what is happening at establishments that use the technology.
The program has led to a nearly 40 percent reduction in calls for police services and is being expanded to four locations that have experienced a high volume of these calls in the past:
● American Dollar Plus Store at 9770 Forest Lane in District 10
● EZ Trip Food Store at 9798 Forest Lane in District 10
● Chevron Gas Station at 9791 Forest Lane in District 10
● Chevron Gas Station at 2944 N. Buckner Blvd in District 7
“We are encouraged that the collaboration between the Dallas Police Department, Safer Dallas and Motorola Solutions has led to a meaningful reduction of crime in our city,” said Reneé Hall, Chief of Police for the Dallas Police Department. “The technology has also improved efficiency by giving our officers additional insight when responding to events at participating locations. They know what to expect before they arrive on the scene, so they can resolve incidents quickly and spend more time in the community, where they have the greatest impact.”
Each store is equipped with cameras, signage and blue light. The blue light indicates that the establishment is protected and monitored by DPD in real-time.
Written by, Anastasia Reed