Crime hotspots the new EPIC initiative will target. (From DPD)

A new Dallas initiative will bring community leaders and police together to improve crime hotspots across the city.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas police Chief David Brown launched EPIC (Economic Partners Investing in Communities) today as a partnership between the city and growth and crime programs.

The goal is to target several TAAGs, or Target Area Action Grids, that have a high concentration of crime, as shown in a Dallas police photo above. The areas include the Wycliff-Lemmon TAAG, which encompasses the Cedar Springs gay entertainment district.

Crime in the Wycliff-Lemmon TAAG has decreased immensely over the last few years. Hopefully, this new partnership will help it decrease even more.

On a related note, Oak Lawn crime watch leader Nancy Weinberger sent over the below map showing where offenses occurred in April. The Oak Lawn crime watch group holds its regular monthly meeting at noon on Wednesday at the Oak Lawn library.

Oaklawn Stakeholders Apr 2013