Scope and Content
Collection contains report on Dallas anti-crime committee findings and recommendations.
In 1985, Dallas Mayor Starke Taylor appointed a 70-member criminal justice task force to develop an anti-crime battle plan. The panel, composed of citizen volunteers in the civic, law enforcement, judicial, and business communities, examined every part of the local criminal justice system. Charles T. Terrell was the committee chair.
The Task Force approached its research, responsibilities, and recommendations with the fundamental belief that "the first function of government is to protect and safeguard the lives and property of its citizens." (p. 11)
In addition to creating a legislative package, the Task Force identified over 50 local issues to implement. Local recommendations focused on enhancing existing programs in the Dallas area and implementing new initiatives. The Task Force also recommended that an increased number of police officers be provided for the City of Dallas. Under the leadership of Mayor Taylor and the Dallas City Council, that recommendation was successfully implemented.
Mayor Austin Starke Taylor, Jr. was born in Paris, Texas, in 1922 and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1939 and Rice University in 1943. He ran a cotton investing firm in Dallas and in 1977, became president of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.
Taylor resigned from the Park Board to run for mayor and served two two-year terms from 1983 to 1987. As mayor, Taylor appointed 20-citizen task forces to tackle civic issues from crime to economic development. His achievements include gaining final approval for the widening of North Central Expressway, a project which began in the late 1980s, and leading the initiative to create the Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail system. He also worked for better public housing, development in southern Dallas, and lead contamination cleanup in east Oak Cliff and West Dallas.
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Mayor's Criminal Justice Task Force Report, 1986 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
Crime -- Texas -- Periodicals
Dallas -- Texas -- History
The report provides information on a legislative package related to the Texas War on Crime, committee reports, combating crime through education, and supporting statistics.