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Hamilton Park Guns and Drugs Community Meeting Recap

The Dallas Police Department held a community meeting at Hamilton Park United Methodist Church last night following a gun and drug seizure days earlier.

The bust saw the arrest of 21 people with guns, counterfeit pills and books of cocaine.

Several police majors addressed the community and answered questions about the status of plans and programs for the community.

Community members and city officials, including North Dallas United Bobcats coach Tevar Watson and City Councilman Adam McGough, also spoke about community status and crime reduction.

The police said they wanted to increase transparency in the communities through these meetings, as they were not as transparent or open about organizing these discussions.

Maj. Leroy Quigg says it’s not enough to jail people to keep order in the community, they want to bring in resources to help.

“I learned that after 30 years of policing, we need to do something more. The commitment is to try to do something different so that we don’t feel like kids are getting shot trying to play football,” he says.

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The young people of Hamilton Park were repeatedly stressed and referred to recreational programs to deter them from committing crimes. Office of Community Affairs Director Robert Munoz offered ideas for implementing boxing, jiu-jitsu and basketball and asked for input on other police commitments Hamilton Park would like to see.

“We want to give these kids an outlet, we want to show the value of the Dallas Police Department,” Munoz said.

Watson also added to this point by sharing that the community can restore its status by starting with the young.

“The way to clean up the neighborhood is to start with the young ones, because once you grab them at an early age, you plant a seed in them,” says Watson. “There’s a lot going on here, but we’re still a great community to be part of.”

McGough said there was still progress to be made in Hamilton Park that needed better communication between police, the community and the city.

“There’s still a lot of work to do,” says McGough. “We need more communication, we need everyone to work together.”