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Dallas chief looks to stem rise in robberies

Published On: Nov 09 2013 03:11:23 PM CST

DALLAS -

(AP) - Police Chief David Brown has increased the number of detectives investigating robberies in Dallas as the city sees an increase in the crime.
    
The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/1bfz8C8 ) the reassignments by Brown is a departure from a decision last year to reduce the number of robbery detectives.
    
Police statistics show robberies have increased about 5 percent from last year, with business robberies up by more than 20 percent.
    
Officials say as many as 10 detectives will be added to the robbery unit. Another five will be transferred to the family violence unit.
    
Critics of the plan say the move will weaken other units, such as financial crimes, as detectives are shuffled elsewhere.
    
The number of detectives investigating the city's most violent crimes dropped by 46 percent from 2010 to 2012.