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Dallas Police Department-Texas Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "DPD is not the police department it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Commander in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Commander in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    job security....have to have a police department.

    Cons

    HORRIBLE, non-supportive, ultra-liberal, City of Dallas government/ City Hall.

    Advice to Management

    Too many problems to start....


  2. "Hiring Process"

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    Former Employee - Self Employed in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Self Employed in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice Office personnel at headquarters.

    Cons

    Very strange with what they are looking for?

    Advice to Management

    Why deny someone with no record?, highest grade in the academy?, raised by strict Hispanic parents? Lie detector officer, SHOOK my hand becuase of highes score he's ever seen in his carrer!! 3 class mates who would have been incredible officers, DENIED! for simple drug issues as early teens. NOW do you know why you have issues...

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Dallas Police"

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    Former Employee - Public Service Officer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Public Service Officer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training at the academy

    Cons

    Pension, Pay and Benefits are not up to par


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Political correctness over effectiveness"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    always get paid on time
    training

    Cons

    some of the administrators will through you under the bus if you are put in a situation that requires you to act in order to protect the public.

    Advice to Management

    do what is necessary to fight crime. Dont worry about what the media says.


  5. "It's not a bad career Depending on your living expenses, but has the best training."

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open over time, great team work environment, great pension and has one of the best training academies, a real brotherhood.

    Cons

    Starting Base pay, lack of raises, hard to advance, lack of employee involvement with the counsel about pay and/or lack there of.


  6. "Office Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Have the ability to work with great detectives. aid the clients with their service case number to a detective, and manage police reports and open records.

    Cons

    A customer gets upset not getting contact with a detective in a faster pace. I would stay calm in a professional matter to find the detective supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    I have the ability to organize work, set priorities, perform mathematical calculations, and have the ability to work in a fast pace environment and perform under stress.


  7. "Veteran advice"

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The one and only reason to be a part of this department has sailed. The Dallas police and fire pension system is falling apart, and there is no clear future for any sort of defined plan.

    Cons

    Dangerous. Poorly trained. Terrible management. Understaffed. Over worked. Working in this department you not only have to worry about the crimi,ald trying to kill you, but the command staff as well. A word of advice, read a few newspaper articles, then choose.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.

  8. "Low pay and clueless leadership"

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    Current Employee - Detective in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Detective in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time

    Pros

    Some of the hardest working and most professional officers in the country. Even with failed policies many officers work day to day to prevent violent offenses. The Investigative units are often overloaded, but still remain focused to filed and complete their cases.

    Cons

    Failed policies and ineffective crime fighting tactics create an atmosphere that complicates almost every aspect of the officer's job. This coupled with one of the lowest salaries in the metroplex, terrible benefits, a failing retirement system have caused many officers to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your officers, empower them with trust and let them do their jobs. Workers will stay even when pay and benefits are lacking, if they feel valued and appriciated


  9. "Detective of Police"

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    Current Employee - Detective of Police in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Detective of Police in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Job security. Excellent pension system.

    Cons

    Pay increases and work-life balance score a need for improvement.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not the place to be a cop"

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    Current Employee - Police Officer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Police Officer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Police Department-Texas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The department's big enough that there are lots of different things you could potentially do. You'll experience lots of interesting and exciting things in a very short time. Some cops in smaller cities or counties may go years without ever working a murder. You'll probably work one or two before you're off training in Dallas.

    Cons

    Dallas pays it's cops the least amount of money of anyone in the area and they do twice as much work. The health insurance plan is so atrocious that many officers opt out and just go through an independent third party because they save money in the long run.

    The equipment is horrible, most of the squad cars have damaged interior, keys missing from the keyboards on your in-car computer, etc. The equipment problem isn't just the cars either, it's literally a problem everywhere. Example: they're so cheap that instead of replacing soap dispensers in the bathroom they just add 1 part soap with 99 parts water so that you have what appears to be soap but if you try to lather up with it you can't find a single sud anywhere. It's basically pink water. That's how cheap the city is on EVERYTHING.

    As of 2015 morale is at an all time low. Not only are we grossly underpaid but we're also under staffed which means an extremely high call load for patrol officers. Lunch break? Forget it, you won't have time for that 95% of the time, better pack your lunch or you won't eat.

    There's little incentive to promote because if you promote from police officer to corporal your seniority starts all over and you'll likely be stuck working in a division you don't want on a shift you don't want until you can build your seniority up again which will take years. But if you don't promote you're stuck in patrol, there's almost nothing else you can do but answer 911 calls. Lose/lose.

    The command staff are a bunch of politicians. They'll throw you under the bus at the drop of a hat if it means saving face for the media or the public. Several times officers get fired and then win their job back on an appeal because Chief David Brown is trigger happy when it comes to firing people without cause. It feels like they're just looking for a reason to nail you to the wall instead of looking for a way to support you or even coach you if you're doing something wrong.

    Politics are rampant. You can be the smartest, hardest working cop on the department but if you don't know the right people, kiss the right back sides and quite frankly, if you aren't the right gender (female) or skin color (anything but white) you're going to find it hard to advance your career. Most of the higher ranking positions are filled by females and minorities. If you're a white male, you're a dime a dozen and you'll have to fight tooth and nail to get recognized only to lose out on a potential position to a female or minority because the ones making the hiring decisions are looking out for their people.

    Arrests can take several hours. When you take someone to county jail, the prisoners must see a nurse first and the nurses are disgruntled rejects that the hospitals got tired of putting up with so they contract them out to the county jail. They have no incentive to work fast so the lines to get approved by the nurse can end up being 2-3 hours sometimes. Imagine standing in a crowded room full of inmates that smells like stinky feet and body odor for HOURS each time you make an arrest. Yeah, kind of takes away the incentive to do your job.

    Speaking of taking away incentive to do your job, the city will likely punish you any time you try to work hard. The harder you work, the more you open yourself up to the possibility of breaking a rule and getting in trouble. There's literally more incentive to do nothing than there is to work hard at catching bad guys. Hard to violate one of a million obscure rules when you do the bare minimum.

    Since most of the officers are disgruntled and burned out, they tend to pass the buck and try to make other officers pick up the slack. There's almost always a game officers play of trying to only answer easy calls and dodge the hard or annoying or time consuming ones. If you don't like to play that game chances are they're going to take advantage of you and stick you with a bad call while they answer an easy one. So your options are: throw away your integrity so you don't have to answer every crappy call that comes out, or spend all day answering crappy calls while the other officers answer the easy ones.

    I could go on for hours but I've said enough and I've hit the high (or low) points.

    Advice to Management

    Make the morale of your troops your top priority. Happy employees are productive employees. You can crack the whip and threaten punishment all day long but that will only drive an employee to do the bare minimum or just enough that they don't get fired. It's terrible leadership.

    Find a way to make the pay competitive. It doesn't have to be top notch but somewhere in the middle would be nice. The best candidates will go to other departments when there's no incentive to work for Dallas.

    Give employees incentive to work hard and promote. Stop dropping the hammer on them if they just barely break 1 obscure rule while actually doing good police work and putting bad guys in jail. Do more to show your appreciation when they do good work.

    Stop being politicians and be police officers. Go to bat for your troops instead of throwing them under the bus to look good for the cameras or advance your own personal agenda.


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