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DPD Chief reiterates domestic violence among cops is unacceptable following arrests of 2

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has launched an all-out war against domestic violence, even asking men at high school football games to sign a pledge not to hit a woman.

But in the last week, two Dallas Police officers have been arrested for domestic violence.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown says he's concerned about cops being aggressors in abusive relationships.

"We just have to be at a higher standard," said Brown. "We fully accept any police officer worth their salt fully accepts that high standard of professional conduct that the law enforcement community is held to."

Nearly 13,000 times a year, Dallas Police respond to domestic violence calls, and sometimes, the calls involve their own.

Dallas has 3,500 sworn police officers.

Since August 2010, 10 Dallas Police officers, including female officers, have been arrested, allegedly involved in domestic violence assaults. That's less than one percent who wear the badge.

"There's been a certain outcome on those with an employment action leading to termination," said Brown. "We've been firm on that, and we're gonna insist on continuing that firm stance against family violence."

Brown says there is some research that suggests why police, who are expected to better control their emotions, get caught up in domestic violence.

"Now I understand there's research that shows the stress of the job may play out at home, but that's just not an excuse to ever hit a woman or be involved in a domestic violence situation, whether it's a female, male or whatever it be the family issue is that may play out as violence," Brown said.

Brown says the best police officers are the ones who have a life outside of the department – the ones who have balance, and learn how to handle what he calls the incredible stress of urban policing.

"It's my job to ensure the integrity of the organization stays intact, and that the public maintains their trust and confidence in us," said Brown. "And what that means is, you just can't do this job and commit family violence, period."         

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