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after the discussion.
Martin said she was pleased that so many
people turned out for the meeting. The room
holds 75 people, and there were people stand-
ing in the hallway listening to the discussion.
"It was a very friendly meeting," Martin
"We all remarked at the end that it was a
pleasant meeting. People had a lot of ques-
tions, and we answered them to the best of our
Martin said several people never had the
chance to ask their questions because the
event ended before they could be called on.
"We will have to have more of these meet-
ings in the future," Martin said.
People in the audience asked about high
crime rates in Oak Lawn, the possibility of
crime moving from the entertainment district
to residential areas and the possibility of
installing cameras in the entertainment dis-
Some people objected to the idea of cam-
eras being installed.
"That's kind of a controversial topic with a
lot of people* especially in the Cedar Springs
entertainment area where people don't neces-
sarily want to be seen," Martin said.
Moore said the audience responded well to
the law enforcement and elected officials and
was particularly interested in Martin's role.
Martin, who is a lesbian, was appointed by
Kunkle in an effort to improve relations with
the GLBT community and increase the report-
ing of crimes by gay people.
"I think they are intrigued at this point/'
Moore said. "They don't really know how it is
going to work and what benefit she will pro-
vide. But they are glad someone is addressing
Martin said her supervisor has advised her
to make her role as GLBT liaison officer a pri-
ority over her other work as a patrol officer.
"I'm the point of contact for the communi-
ty for people are uncomfortable with or don't
feel like they've had the response they wanted
from the police department," Martin said.
Martin, who has a phone number and e-mail
address at the community center, said she has
received several messages from members of
the community. One was a three-page, anony-
mous letter sent to her at the police station
with information about a drug dealer operat-
ing in nightclubs in Oak Lawn and Deep
Martin said she hopes the letter writer will
contact her again because the information was
"People are starting to come forward with
information so that is good," Martin said.
Martin said police officials are striving to
reduce crime with the limited resources at
"We simply do not have enough police on
the streets now to do everything we would like
to do." Martin said.
To contact Martin through the community
center, call 214-540-4470 or e-mail.
Police arrest 2 suspects in theft
of constable's campaign signs
Dupree notes suspects are neighbors of his opponent; Cortes
denies knowledge of repeated thefts of Dupree's campaign signs
Dallas Police Department patrol officers
issued citations for theft Monday to two men
suspected of stealing campaign signs promot-
ing the re-election of gay Precinct 5 Dallas
County Constable Mike Dupree.
Two signs allegedly were stolen from a
business on Colorado Avenue, and three other
Dupree signs were in their possession of the
two men when police stopped them as they
walked in Oak Cliff.
The two men were stopped by Dallas police
officers after the business owner reported the
theft to Dupree, and the constable contacted
Dupree, who has filed
several complaints about
his campaign signs being
stolen in recent weeks,
joined police officers at
Dupree said the men
were neighbors of Jaime
Cortes, his opponent in the
Democratic Party primary.
Cortes said recently in an interview he had
no knowledge of campaign signs being stolen
and would not condone the practice if his
campaign workers were involved.
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