By David Webb Staff Writer

Dallas Police respond quickly to increase presence in Oak Lawn following murder

Police responded quickly to Cedar Springs Road business owners’ concerns last week about the April 16 robbery and murder of a 31-year-old man in the center of the Oak Lawn entertainment district.

City Councilwoman Pauline Medrano said Assistant City Manager Ryan S. Evans advised her that police would be moving the Central Business District Skywatch Tower to the old Tom Thumb store site on Cedar Springs Road to enhance the police department’s presence on the street.

Additionally, extra police officers have been assigned to patrol on foot and in squad cars along Cedar Springs Road and on other streets in the neighborhood, Medrano said. SWAT officer will be included in the assignments, she said.

Medrano said she was assured that police officers would be communicating with patrons in the entertainment district to ensure their safety concerns are being addressed.

In a letter to Medrano, Evans said police officers would be taking a “low tolerance approach to quality of life issues,” such as panhandling, prostitution and drug activity.

Medrano said police are considering adding patrols by officers on horseback as well.

“They will continue to monitor the area indefinitely,” Medrano said.

Medrano said that she was committed to ensuring that the Oak Lawn entertainment district is safe.
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