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Edgardo Garcia is the new Dallas Police Chief

  • Edgardo García was appointed as chief of the Dallas Police Department
  • García, 50, will take office next Wednesday, February 3, 2021
  • Dallas had one of its most violent years in 2020, with a total of 251 homicides

Edgardo ‘Eddie’ García is the new head of the Dallas Police Department (DPD), in Texas.

Garcia, a 50-year-old immigrant from Puerto Rico, will become the first Hispanic to lead the Dallas Police Department in the corporation’s 140 years, after being appointed by Mayor Eric Johnson.

Edgardo García will formally take up his post at the head of the DPD next Wednesday, February 3, 2021, in a ceremony at the mayor’s office before the members of the Dallas Council.

García’s challenges at the head of the DPD are enormous, since Dallas it ended the year with unprecedented numbers in violent homicides, with a total of 251 people shot to death according to the corporation’s own figures.

García will be the second Hispanic to assume as head of a police department in Texas, after the appointment of Arturo Acevedo to the head of the Houston Police Department (HPD), designated in 2016.

According to a statement from the Dallas Mayor’s Office, Garcia’s selection was achieved after interviewing seven potential candidates for nearly a year.

Mayor Johnson enlisted the assistance of 55 community organizations in Dallas in the panel selection process to find the ideal candidate to take on the challenge of reducing violent crime in the city.

Edgardo García, according to his resume, began his career as a patrolman in the San José Police Department (SJPD) in California in 1992 and from there he rose to head of the corporation.

Edgardo Garcia, 50, will be chief of the Dallas Police Department. (PHOTO San José Police Department)

That Garcia is a Hispanic immigrant in the United States is not a small matter, since Dallas has a population of one million 500 thousand inhabitants and of which, 42 out of 100 are Hispanic.

Edgardo García studied Criminal Justice at the Union Institute University, in Cincinnati, Ohio, specialized in serving adult distance students who have to combine their work with their studies.

At the same time that he was studying, Garcia was a patrolman for the SJPD and rose through the ranks as a detective in the Drug Division, sergeant in Special Operations, Homicide Division, and Special Investigations Division.

From 2016 until he resigned last year, Garcia led the SJPD before accepting the challenge as head of the DPD in Texas.

One of García’s most important achievements at the head of the SJPD, according to the Dallas Mayor’s Office, was the creation of ties with the Hispanic community and even ordered the creation of a Facebook page of the corporation in Spanish.

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“My story began when I was a child who moved to a new city, learning to speak English, in a community that later promoted me to boss,” Garcia said in a statement about his experience as an immigrant in California.

García assured that it is “a honor to be received in one of the largest cities in the United States, for the second time, as head of the police department ”.

He explained that he is ready to wear the uniform of the DPD and “working alongside such an incredible group of committed men and women. Together, in partnership and collaboration with the Dallas community, we will face all the challenges. ”

Garcia’s appointment was called by Mayor Eric Johnson a “historic moment” for the city of Dallas, with the first Hispanic in history to lead the DPD.

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René Martínez, spokesperson for the organization Unity League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC, for its acronym in English) in Dallas, through a statement expressed its joy at the appointment of Garcia as head of the DPD.

“This is historical. We needed someone (in charge of the police) to connect with the community, but also with the immigrant community, ”Martinez said about the relevance of the new police chief for Dallas.

One of García’s achievements at the head of the SJPD was the creation of a unit with specialized officers to deal with crimes against the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual (LGBT) community.

In addition, to the delight of American football fans, García himself already revealed that since childhood he has been a fan of the Los Angeles team. Dallas Cowboys, which has earned him extra points in his new city.

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