Dallas police academy recruits line up in formation. They’ll complete a nine-month training course before going out on patrol.
Dallas police academy recruits line up in formation. They’ll complete a nine-month training course before going out on patrol.

How a "perfect storm" of problems shrunk Texas' largest city police forces

Texas' two biggest city police departments are losing officers because of troubled pension funds and low pay. The shrinking ranks have paired with rising violent crime rates, longer call response times and fewer solved crimes. 

 
 

Colonias on the border struggle with decades-old water issues

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Cristina Morales and her husband, Rafael Martinez, said they don’t plan on moving from Horizon View Estates, a colonia in El Paso County. The colonia has no sewage treatment, and they said the tap water occasionally comes out brown. 
<p>Cristina Morales and her husband, Rafael Martinez, said they don&rsquo;t plan on moving from Horizon View Estates, a colonia in El Paso County. The colonia has no sewage treatment, and they said the tap water occasionally comes out brown.&nbsp;</p>

All along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 840,000 mostly low-income, immigrant Latinos have settled in colonias – cheap plots of land outside city limits without basic infrastructure such as water and sewage systems, electricity and paved roads.