posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 8:57 PM by klehan

Dallas City Council Kills Verified Response Policy

By an 11-4 vote earlier today, the Dallas City Council repealed the verified response alarm program that was approved by the council a year ago and continued to be endorsed by Dallas police chief David Kunkle.

The change, which had been championed by Mayor Tom Leppert, means that beginning October 1, 2007, Dallas police must respond to all business alarms as opposed to requiring verification that an actual burglary is occurring.

Earlier this week, Leppert said the reason to repeal the ordinance was that Dallas was losing business relocations to other cities because of business' concern about the policy. “I think it's also important that we send a message that this is a council that is going to deal with decisions. We will continue to look at all the issues ... but at the same time we need to make a decision on this because this is not a good policy."