Don’t think of this as a full blow police department. It is more of a skeleton form Police Department. The Lake Highlands Police is almost all police officers and nothing more. It is not a multi level set up like a flow blow police department. The LHP are performing the simplest duties; patrols and public safely.Originally Posted by R. Mbala
It would cost millions and millions of dollars for LH to have a full scale police department. The area does not want to duplicate what DPD does, but have one agency instead of the 15 plus security firms and ENP. Also a police office has the power to do things where as security does not. The LHP will aid the DPD by doing what DPD can not do. There are a lot of things DPD does that LHP will not do. I really don’t know how to explain it; they are just police officers and nothing more.
The Lake Highlands Public Improvement District would be the body that set this up. The LHPID will work out an agreement and contract with DPD in how the LHP will be set up. The direct oversight will be from the LHPID, but the PID Board will have members from the City of Dallas, DPD, LHAIA and other groups in LH. The LHP will work very close with the DPD.
I think Las Colinas has its own police. http://lascolinastexas.com/sub_pages/safety.htm
The other PIDs in Dallas could do this, but they do not make enough money nor is it much of priority to them as it us the LH. Crime is a problem and LH wants to fix this problem. Vickery Meadows PID has a program set up with Crime Strike and Crime Strike can write a citations that goes on resident’s rents. We need something with real authority to make a difference in LH. Crime Strike won’t cut it.
From what I was told the plan was for the LHPID to originally go to DPD and City of Dallas and pay them 5 to 7 million a year for extra police coverage in LH.
Can you take a guess at to what they said? “We can’t, we don’t have the man power, we can’t find that many recruits, we can’t guarantee we might not have to pull them if something else happen in the city, we might get into legal trouble (poor areas can’t pay for more police), and on and on. THE SAME OLD SONG from the City. So instead LH has to do it this way. All they want are more patrol officers and police to come when residents call.
Originally Posted by R. Mbala
Are you aware of what a PID can do? I have included it so everyone can see. A PID has the ability to do A LOT. Do you live in Lake Highlands? This is up to Lake Highlands residents and LH residents alone. LH as an area already spends millions of dollars on ENP and Security Services. I know most people here are tired of the crime and many more things that should not take place but do because our city government is overwhelmed.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE
CHAPTER 372. IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS IN MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES
SUBCHAPTER A. PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS
§ 372.001. SHORT TITLE. This subchapter may be cited as
the Public Improvement District Assessment Act.
Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. . .
. . . § 372.003. AUTHORIZED IMPROVEMENTS. (a) If the
governing body of a municipality or county finds that it promotes
the interests of the municipality or county, the governing body may
undertake an improvement project that confers a special benefit on
a definable part of the municipality or county or the
municipality's extraterritorial jurisdiction. A project may be
undertaken in the municipality or county or the municipality's
[(b) A public improvement project may include:
(2) erection of fountains, distinctive lighting, and signs;
(3) acquiring, constructing, improving, widening, narrowing, closing, or rerouting of sidewalks or of streets, any other roadways, or their rights-of-way;
(4) construction or improvement of pedestrian malls;
(5) acquisition and installation of pieces of art;
(6) acquisition, construction, or improvement of libraries;
(7) acquisition, construction, or improvement of off-street parking facilities;
(8) acquisition, construction, improvement, or rerouting of mass transportation facilities;
(9) acquisition, construction, or improvement of water, wastewater, or drainage facilities or improvements;
10) the establishment or improvement of parks;
(11) projects similar to those listed in Subdivisions (1)-(10);
(12) acquisition, by purchase or otherwise, of real property in connection with an authorized improvement;
(13) special supplemental services for improvement and promotion of the district, including services relating to advertising, promotion, health and sanitation, water and wastewater, public safety, security, business recruitment, development, recreation, and cultural enhancement; and(14) payment of expenses incurred in the establishment, administration, and operation of the district.
Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987. Amended
by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1, § 76(c), eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts
2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1341, § 3, eff. June 16, 2001.