DALLAS, July 27 (UPI) -- Dallas' new police chief Tuesday reorganized his command staff to restore confidence in the department racked by a fake drug scandal and low morale.
Chief David Kunkle demoted three deputy chiefs and moved officers associated with the scandal out of the narcotics bureau. He also promoted seven lieutenants to deputy chiefs to carry out his plan to put additional officers on the streets.
Kunkle said his new deputy chiefs would be held accountable for reducing crime in their areas of the city. He said his action in the narcotics bureau should not imply that any officer is guilty of any wrongdoing.
"From an operation prospective, we want to put the fake drug scandal behind us and move forward," Kunkle told reporters.
An independent state prosecutor is investigating allegations that fake drugs were planted on innocent Mexican immigrants. One Dallas officer was acquitted in a federal trial on charges related to the drug cases.