Governor pledges to fight high crime rate

PHOTO: Office Of the Governor. Governor Abbott at the time of the press conference in Houston.

AUSTIN– April 10, 2017 – Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Houston where he announced a new operation to crack down on the alarming rise and brutality of gang-related violent crime in Houston and Harris County.

During the press conference, the Governor expressed concern about the double-digit growth in the violent crime rate in Houston and in Harris County and laid out his plan to take action in collaboration with the FBI and other local law enforcement agencies.

“This recent wave of senseless violence cannot continue,” said Governor Abbott. “Government’s foremost responsibility is to keep our citizens safe and secure. Texas will take action and use all lawful means to put an end to this lawlessness.”

To help combat this wave of gang-related violence, Governor Abbott is immediately directing state resources to a violent crime reduction operation in Harris County.

• Establish a Tactical Operations Center in Houston to enhance and coordinate operations around the clock.

• Provide $500,000 in new funding from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to increase Texas Anti-Gang Center resources in the Houston area.

• Deploy additional Texas Rangers and DPS Special Agents to support local law enforcement.

• Deploy added technology, including air assets and patrol unit tracking, to enhance timely collection and analysis of intelligence