Police Urge Residents To Report Random Gunfire

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As many Dallas residents get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Dallas Police Department (DPD) is offering guidance on how to handle the expected spike in people illegally setting off fireworks and engaging in celebratory gunfire.

DPD said it is urging residents to prioritize public safety by promptly reporting such incidents.

“The Dallas Police Department encourages those who are reporting random gunfire to call 911. If they are reporting fireworks, they can report it through 311 or by also calling 911 since it is something that is in progress,” said Public Information Officer Brian Martinez, speaking with The Dallas Express.

Random gunfire has become a serious problem in Dallas, particularly on holidays like New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. However, such reports are common year-round. According to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard for police response times, there were more than 5,000 reported incidents of random gunfire in the first four months of 2023. On average, DPD took more than 5 hours to respond to such calls.

The department has been short-staffed the last few years, needing some 400-500 officers to better handle crime in the city. The shortage is especially felt in Downtown Dallas, where the crime rate is substantially higher than in Fort Worth. The downtown area in Fort Worth is patrolled by a dedicated police unit alongside private security guards.

Still, despite the shortage, DPD urges residents to call the police to report random gunfire and illegal fireworks displays. By distinguishing between reporting gunfire and fireworks, the department hopes to improve response efficiency and ensure resources are allocated appropriately.

“With the 4th of July just around the corner — we want everyone to celebrate safely. Random gunfire is extremely dangerous, against the law and can result in a fine of up to $4,000. Please be safe and responsible while celebrating Independence Day,” cautioned DPD on Twitter.

Setting off fireworks within Dallas city limits is also illegal and can be harmful to the environment, animals, people with special needs, and those living with post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also result in a fine of up to $2,000.

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