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In Houston, police say there are solvable property crime cases with no one to solve them. Dallas officers are taking more time to respond to fewer emergency calls, and both cities are slower to get to non-emergency situations.

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One of the most difficult challenges for police after traumatic events, like the July 7 shootings, is getting officers the counseling and mental health services they need. Many have to be convinced to seek out help. But that “tough-guy” attitude of police departments in the past might slowly be melting away. 

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Dallas police officers have been leaving the force in droves in recent years, most of them going to other North Texas departments. 

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Several police associations want Dallas Chief David Brown out. Dozens of local, state and national representatives and officers held a press conference Wednesday, where they said the department needs to change its leadership and philosophy to fix what they called a “broken system.”