A head of the Dallas Police Bureau of Investigation is vying to become a police chief in Tacoma, Washington.
Avery Moore, 55, was named one of four finalists this month for best cop in the city of about 200,000 Pacific Northwest residents, according to The News Tribune. He is a 31-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, where he is the deputy head of the Bureau of Investigations.
Moore previously oversaw the Special Investigations Division and Tactical Unit of the Dallas Police Department, and prior to that, he headed approximately 700 officers of the East Patrol Bureau. He also worked as a SWAT commander and legislative affairs liaison.
If chosen, Moore would lead around 320 officers in a city grappling with an increase in violent crime and police recruiting struggles, according to The News Tribune.
Moore, who could not be reached for comment, told the Tacoma newspaper he was most proud to help implement Dallas’ new crime plan, which police here credited with the reduction in violence in the city this year compared to 2020. He said he had experience. in recruiting and could increase the number of departments and boost staff morale.
“My platform is community policing,” he said The News Tribune. “I don’t think you can be an effective police service and provide public safety, reduce crime without public support.”
Tacoma city officials are expected to make their decision in December.
Tacoma, which is about 30 miles south of Seattle, is also the city where Dallas City Manager TC Broadnax previously worked. Broadnax was managing director there about five years before taking up his duties in Dallas.
Moore also tried to become Dallas’ best cop last year after former boss Reneé Hall left.
He said in a television interview for the post last year that the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer led to deep mistrust of law enforcement, and he argued for police hot spots in high crime areas to curb the rise in violence last year. .
He also applied this summer to become a police chief in the cities of Austin and Columbus, Ohio. But these cities have hired others to run their departments.