On Monday, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said that she plans to significantly reduce the number of assistant chiefs and deputy chiefs who oversee the department.
She is also considering reducing the number of detectives in investigative units and officers serving on task forces in order to place more officers on the street.
Her plan may mean that some officers serving as assistant chief could be demoted to lieutenant and that some detectives could be put in patrol, which Hall called the “backbone” of the department.
The last 12 months have seen almost 500 officers resign or retired.
The department is down to 3,072 officers while budgeted at 3,600.