Public safety is the #1 responsibility of any local government. Deborah strongly supports the men and women of the Garland Police Department.
GPD has long been doing most of the community-oriented things other police departments across the nation only started considering in the last few years, including fostering a culture that focuses primarily on service rather than enforcement.
GPD continues to offer a multitude of community resources, including School Resource Officers, Neighborhood Police Officers, Citizens Police Academy, the Police (Youth) Boxing Gym Program, UNIDOS, Homeless Liaisons, Mental Health Specialists and more.
The Garland Police Department meets regularly to receive direct feedback from our multicultural community leaders group.
Garland recently ranked in the Top 10 of the "Most Diverse Places to Live in Texas" based on ethnic and economic diversity statistics from the U.S. Census.
Deborah believes that's one of the strengths that make this city so engaging, and she has worked to encourage Garland residents to celebrate it.
It's a constant balancing act to create enough population density to provide the "rooftops" needed to attract the new development citizens request (like quality shopping, grocery stores and restaurants) -- while not overwhelming surrounding neighborhoods, streets and available amenities.
Few sizable vacant tracts remain available in the city for large new single-family developments, but Garland is also out of line with neighboring cities in the number of tax credit apartments approved over the years--a total of 17 in Garland compared with Plano (9) and Mesquite (7). To Deborah, that says no additional tax credit developments should be approved for some years in favor of allowing other mid-density options like single-family townhomes and similar developments.
Garland's Community Development Department and the Garland Housing Finance Corporation (GHFC) have also been very successful in building and redeveloping single-family homes for affordable purchase by qualified families.
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