The Dallas Police Department, Safer Dallas Better Dallas and Motorola Solutions today announced the expansion of Starlight, a program that facilitates collaboration between the police department and local businesses and has reduced criminal offenses at participating locations by 35 percent since its inception. Participating businesses are outfitted with Avigilon cameras, blue lights and program signage and actively monitored by, and connected directly to, the Dallas Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) using Motorola Solutions' CommandCentral Aware software.
The program, which began with three locations in October 2019, 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.”
“Safer Dallas Better Dallas applauds the rollout of the Starlight program that furthers our mission of promoting citizen safety through engagement with the Dallas Police,” said Gary Griffith, Chairman of Safer Dallas. “We’re proud of our role in bringing Motorola Solutions’ technology to the city and pleased for the businesses and patrons who benefited, and will continue to benefit, as a result.”
“The documented reduction in crime and calls to police at Starlight locations is evidence that technology partnerships between law enforcement and the constituents they serve can lead to a more efficient use of resources and safer communities,” said Neil Thomas, Vice President, North America Government, Western Region Sales, Motorola Solutions. “The success of the Starlight program in Dallas will serve as a template for other public-private partnerships across the country.”
The expanded Starlight program is expected to implement additional video analytics to support the automated monitoring of activity and allow the Dallas Police Department to be more proactive in identifying and responding to potential criminal activity. The organizations will continue to evaluate the impact of the program and explore further expansion.
About Dallas Police Department
The Police Department (dallaspolice.net), in serving the people of Dallas, strives to reduce crime and provide a safe city by recognizing that its goal is to help people and provide assistance at every opportunity; providing preventive, investigative, and enforcement services; increasing citizen satisfaction with public safety and obtaining community cooperation through the Department's training, skills, and efforts; and realizing that the Police Department alone cannot control crime, but must act in concert with the community and the rest of the Criminal Justice System.
About Safer Dallas Better Dallas
The mission of Safer Dallas Better Dallas (saferdallas.com) is to protect the citizens of Dallas from becoming victims of crime and engage them in a partnership with the Dallas Police, to support the efforts of our Dallas police officers and to make Dallas America’s safest big city. Safer Dallas Better Dallas works to accomplish its goals by partnering with the Rotary Club of Dallas; raising money from Dallas foundations, businesses, and citizens to purchase equipment for our Dallas police officers; helping fund the department’s priorities; and by helping educate elected leaders on changes that will help reduce the crime rate in Dallas.
About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (motorolasolutions.com) is a global leader in mission-critical communications and analytics. Our technology platforms in mission-critical communications, command center software, video security & analytics, bolstered by managed & support services, make communities safer and help businesses stay productive and secure. At Motorola Solutions, we are ushering in a new era in public safety and security.
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