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City of Dallas, Dallas ISD expanding partnership for criminal justice P-TECH program

DALLAS — The Dallas Police Department is working with Dallas ISD to employ graduates of its criminal justice Pathways In Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program and to ensure the students are positioned to join the Dallas Police Academy after they reach the required age of 19 ½.

Dallas ISD’s P-TECH programs allow students to choose a career pathway and take courses that provide academic, technical, and workplace skills that are attractive to employers. Students in the pathways can graduate with 60 college credit hours, an industry certification, or an associate’s degree.

Along with Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, Mayor Eric Johnson has championed the expansion of the criminal justice pathway program to help create a homegrown talent pipeline for the Dallas Police Department.

“The criminal justice pathway program provides our students with opportunities for a career in public service, and it strengthens the ties between our police department and our communities,” said Mayor Johnson, who grew up in West Dallas and Oak Cliff. “We need more police officers who care deeply about our neighborhoods and understand our communities."

According to Dallas ISD, in total, 225 students are now enrolled in the criminal justice pathways program at three high schools: Carter, Bryan Adams, and Sunset. Bryan Adams has 164 of the students.

Now, with $100,000 allocated in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget, the Dallas Police Department plans to hire some recent P-TECH graduates at patrol stations on a part-time basis before they can apply for the police academy.

In addition, the University of North Texas at Dallas and Dallas College, which have partnered with Dallas ISD on P-TECH programs, are working together to offer a bachelor's degree program that would allow the criminal justice pathway graduates to continue their education until they can apply for the police academy.

Mayor Johnson has emphasized the need to enhance public safety and workforce development efforts during his time in office.

"This important partnership will improve our police department, our workforce, and our city for years to come," Mayor Johnson said.

For more information on Dallas ISD’s P-TECH programs, click here.

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