The city is opening a second high school to a criminal justice pipeline that puts students on track to work as police officers in Dallas. The program, started at Oak Cliff’s Carter High School in 2015, aims to equip the short-staffed Dallas PD with more homegrown talent while diversifying the ranks.
As Carter’s first cohort of criminal justice students prepares to graduate after next school year, the program will now be available at Bryan Adams High School in Far East Dallas. At an event Tuesday afternoon, DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said Mayor Eric Johnson pushed for the expansion shortly after taking office. “It was an easy sell, because we believe in this,” Hinojosa said. “There are great careers in law enforcement.”
Councilman Adam Medrano first trumpeted the program in 2015, after seeing its successes in cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles. The criminal justice pathway at Carter has 96 enrollees today. At Bryan Adams, up to 125 students in each class can join DISD’s early college program known as P-TECH, although not all will choose criminal justice. Bryan Adams is also adding a teaching pathway next year.Read More