Jesse Moreno Named Crime Boss for Third Time

Crime Boss

Dallas City Councilman Jesse Moreno | Image by FOX 4

With the City of Dallas’ February crime statistics all but finalized, it appears that two-time previous Crime Boss of the Month Jesse Moreno clinched another title after a month of steep year-over-year increases in criminal activity.

Based on the downloadable crime statistics dataset made available on March 6, 2023, by the City of Dallas, Moreno’s District 2 saw a Crime Score increase of 10.62% last month compared to February 2022, the highest year-over-year jump in the city.

District 2 is a cowboy-boot-shaped swath of Dallas that includes the south end of Downtown, the area around Dallas Love Field, and the neighborhood of Old East Dallas below Lower Greenville.

Moreno, who has been named Crime Boss three out of the last five months, serves on the council’s Public Safety Committee, as well as the Workforce, Education, & Equity, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Housing & Homelessness Solutions committees.

Certain categories of crime saw significant year-over-year spikes in Moreno’s district:

Crime Category 2023 Incidents 2022 Incidents Increase
Drug Offenses 132 80 52
Assault Offenses 204 169 35
Motor Vehicle Thefts 146 116 30
Destruction/Vandalism 85 69 16
Weapon Violations 24 14 10

Drug offenses increased by a whopping 65%, with assault offenses and motor vehicle thefts jumping by 20.7% and 25.8%, respectively. Reported vandalism spiked by 23.2%, and weapons violations increased by 71.4%, according to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard.

The Dallas Express reached out to Councilman Moreno’s office for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Unlike Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Moreno is not running unopposed in May’s municipal elections. He will be facing challenger Sukhbir Kaur. Moreno defended his seat in the last election cycle by a margin of just 420 votes.

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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Vote for Sukhbir Kaur!