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Dallas police say task force helping fight violent crime

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DALLAS (AP) - The police chief in Dallas says recent numbers show an increase in homicides but he thinks a task force has helped address the spike in violent crime. The Dallas Morning News reports Chief David Brown says there were 17 slayings in May, including 10 people killed in one week. March remains the most deadly month of the year so far in Dallas, with 20 victims. Brown in March formed the 170-officer task force after a drastic increase in slayings, aggravated assaults and robberies. The department last week released details on task force activities between June 2-9. Officers targeting high-crime areas arrested 41 people, seized five guns and recovered two stolen vehicles. Brown has said many of this year's assaults and deaths were related to drugs or domestic violence.

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