Dallas Police officers flooded an Oak Cliff neighborhood Saturday morning, trying to connect with the community.
"When was the last time you spoke with an officer?" Sgt.. Felicia Thornton asks a woman standing on her porch on O Bannon Drive.
Thornton is wearing her Dallas Police uniform, but other officers are not.
The department says the uniform can sometimes intimidate residents so several officers are in plain clothes. Like Sr. Cpl.. Steven Brown.
"Do you know your neighborhood police officer?" Brown asks a woman on her doorstep.
He has been conducting these surveys for years, and says people have been more welcoming today. He believes the t-shirt, hat and jeans make him seem less intimidating.
The operation is called the 10-70-20 project. Named because the department breaks down the community into three categories. 10% are active members, who call 911 and attend crime watch meetings. 70% are the residents who don't get involved but are aware of the issues, and 20% are the ones responsible for many of the problems.
The project targets the 70%, like Walter Sasser. He lives near O Bannon and Polk Streets and says he appreciates officers coming to his home.
"If they come door to door ... makes you feel comfortable, a little better," says Sasser who spent about five minutes with Corporal Brown.
The data collected is organized by complaint and then forwarded to the DPD unit affected within 3 days.