FBI cozies up to Dallas-area police to solve kidnappings and bank robberies
Dallas kidnappers, bank robbers and extortionists will have to look over their shoulders even more thanks to a new agreement between the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and police departments in Dallas and Garland.
Dubbed the FBI Dallas Violent Crimes Task Force, the agreement sets up formal collaboration between local and federal agencies in the investigation, conviction and sentencing phases. Special agent Diego Rodriguez announced the agreement, which has been in effect since October, at a November 14 press conference.
"Now is the safest Dallas has been in 50 years," police chief David Brown says. "We've been quite successful, but we're not satisfied."
Rodriguez says the task force is focused on kidnappers, bank robbers, active shooters and murderers, as well as transnational organized crime and criminal enterprises.
"They instill fear. They may act alone or team up," Rodriguez says, adding that he believes the task force "will make a noticeable impact on the community."
Since its inception in October, Rodriguez says the task force has already solved and prosecuted two major crimes: a kidnapping in Dallas and a bank robbery in Addison. Both perpetrators were charged federally for their respective crimes, meaning they are not eligible for parole.
Dallas police chief David Brown says the task force aggressively combats crime by "bringing prolific, violent offenders to justice in the federal system using rigid sentencing guidelines."
Quoting department statistics that show a historic reduction in violent crimes, Brown says Dallas police aren't letting up anytime soon. "Now is the safest Dallas has been in 50 years," Brown says. "We've been quite successful, but we're not satisfied."
Although the task force might seem like an insulated law enforcement agreement, U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldaña emphasized its importance for everyone. "Violent crime is the entire community's business," Saldaña says. "Ordinary citizens can get caught in the crossfire."