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Dallas police applications up 344 percent since ambush

Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday.
Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday. Dallas Morning News

Since the ambush of Dallas police on July 7, the number of people applying to be officers has soared by 344 percent.

From July 8 through Wednesday, 467 applications have been received — 39 per day — compared with 136 from June 8 through June 20, according to Dallas police.

From Oct. 1 through June 30, the department received 2,871 applications, according to a news release.

In an interview on CNN, Dallas police Chief David Brown said officers have been leaving because of low pay.

The starting salary in Dallas is $44,659, compared with $52,176 in Fort Worth.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Lee Williams: 817-390-7840, @leewatson

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