Police Chief Hurtt Releases Results of Crime Initiative
December 19, 2005 -- Houston
Police Chief Harold Hurtt announced today (Dec. 19) that a recent
six-month long violent crime initiative led to the arrests of
580 suspects and seizure of 104 guns from the streets in west
and southwest Houston.
The Violent Crime Impact Team (V.C.I.T.) is an
initiative developed nationwide through the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms as an integrated federal, state and local
strategy to identify, disrupt, arrest and prosecute the most violent
criminals in 20 U.S. cities. This initiative was implemented in
the City of Houston on June 6, 2005.
This initiative utilized a number of strategies
in an attempt to reduce violent, gang and firearm-related crime
in targeted areas identified through local crime analysis. Houston
police officers utilized zero tolerance, surveillance activities,
vehicle checks, and informant/citizen information as their major
strategies in identifying suspects perpetrating crimes in the
targeted area. Fugitive databases were also utilized to identify
wanted suspects in the target areas.
The Houston Police Department's resources were
committed to street-level enforcement in the targeted areas related
to violent crime, gang crime and firearms-related incidents. The
HPD units were comprised of members of the Major Offenders Division,
the Fondren Patrol Division, the Westside Patrol Division, the
Narcotics Division, and the Robbery Division.
The V.C.I.T. Houston initiative ended on November
23, 2005 with the following results:
* 580 persons arrested, 104 guns recovered, 207
gang members arrested, 369 documented gang incidents investigated,
$63,606 currency recovered, 32 vehicles were recovered at a value
* The Narcotics Division seized 3358 grams of
cocaine, 117 grams of crack cocaine, 36.6 grams of methamphetamine,
37,364 hits of ecstasy and 80,689.02 grams of marijuana.
* V.C.I.T. Houston officers were committed to
the intense investigation involving the murder of Houston Police
Officer Rueben De Leon. Information obtained during their comprehensive
canvass of potential suspects was instrumental in assisting the
* Individual robberies accounted for the greatest
number of violent crimes in the target areas. Several groups of
serial robbery suspects were identified. Thirteen cases were identified
as serial cases (linking them to other similar robberies). An
additional 20-30 cases are attributed to one group of robbery
suspects that were identified and arrested by V.C.I.T. personnel.
Two additional sets of these robbers were identified as gang members,
who committed 15 robberies in seven days.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.