Now, by the end of this month, Mata says 72 Dallas Police officers will leave: 70 percent of them are retiring and the other 30 percent are going to make more money at other departments. "We're losing some of our most experienced detectives: The investigator you want to come out and solve that homicide, that you need to come out and solve that sexual assault."
Adam McGough, chairman of the Dallas city council's public safety committee, is also expressing concern. "That's the first of this number I heard of it. Anytime we have large numbers of officers leaving, it's concerning."
Most officers are leaving as a result of a crisis at the police and fire pension fund.
In addition, the city also has to pay an additional $40 million into the pension fund in the next year.
To pay for that added cost, City Manager T.C. Broadnax is proposing to slash the number of funded positions in the police department from 3,613 during the 2016-17 budget year, to 3,094 during 2017-18, and 3,144 during 2018-19.