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Crime Boss Runner-Up: District 14’s Paul E. Ridley

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Dallas District 14 Councilman Paul Ridley | Image by Dallas City Hall

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The City of Dallas District 14 saw an increase in crime in September, averaging nearly five more complaints of law-breaking per day than in September of the previous year.

A total of 1,103 crimes were reported in District 14 last month, 140 crimes more than the 963 in September of 2021. This is an average of 4.8 more crimes reported per day in September of 2022.

District 14 is led by Councilman Paul E. Ridley, who was elected to the District 14 position of the Dallas City Council in June of 2021, per the City website.

Ridley attended the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning.

After completing his education, he initially worked for the City Plan Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, as a staff planner before he enrolled at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. Ridley spent more than 30 years in Dallas practicing construction law and commercial litigation.

This district he represents saw increases in 13 of the 30 categories tracked by Dallas Open Data. Far and away, the biggest increase was in Larceny/Theft Offenses, jumping by almost 40% compared to the same month last year. A total of 441 of these offenses were reported in September of 2022, up from 316 in September 2021.

Motor Vehicle Theft (up from 253 to 280 total incidents) and Burglary/Breaking & Entering (up from 56 to 68) were the other crime categories in D14 to see double-digit increases compared to the same month last year.

Other crime categories that increased in District 14 this September were:

  • Trespass Of Real Property: up to 14 from nine.
  • Hazardous Traffic Violations: up to 36 from 32.
  • Public Intoxication: up to 52 from 48.
  • Weapon Law Violations: up to six from four.
  • Arson: up to one from zero.
  • Assault Offenses: up to 62 from 61.
  • Disorderly Conduct: up to two from one.
  • Stolen Property Offenses: up to two from one.
  • Liquor Law Violations: up to one from zero.
  • Non-Hazardous Traffic Violations: up to one from zero.

The Dallas Express reached out to Ridley and his office seeking comment on the increases and what is being done to slow the crime increase, but at the time of press, no response had been received.

District 14 had the second-highest Crime Score increase — up 13.36% — in September. The highest increase — 18.05% — belonged to District 13 and October Crime Boss of the Month (CBOM) and D13 Councilwoman Gay Donnell Willis.

The Dallas Express, The People’s Paper, believes that important information about the city, such as crime rates and trends, should be easily accessible to you. Dallas has more crime per capita than hotspots like Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York, according to data from the FBI’s UCR database.

How did your area stack up on crime? Check out our interactive Crime Map to compare all Dallas City Council Districts. Curious how we got our numbers? Check out our methodology page here

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Mark Blair
Mark Blair
1 month ago

Obviously, you provide a tremendous public service researching and reporting crime stats.

Yet, many of our “Nextdoor” community deride your credibility, yet offer no counter-stats in return. They seemingly prefer willful ignorance of the status quo, rather than holding our elected representatives accountable for local crime.