Dallas police chief announces retirement

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle says he's retiring as Big D's top cop after more than five years in the position.

The 59-year-old Kunkle announced at a Thursday morning news
conference that he will leave office April 30. He told reporters that he decided his departure about a year ago after 38 years in law enforcement, saying he's leaving on his own terms.

City officials say that since Kunkle took office, the city's violent crime rate has fallen by 32 percent, response times have dropped by 27 percent and the department has added 700 officers to the force.

He says he had originally planned to retire in February but held off when asked to do so.

City Manager Mary Suhm says she's sorry to see him go. She says
the nationwide search for his replacement has begun with internal
candidates expected to apply.


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