HPD Begins Task Force to Reduce Crime in Neighborhoods
December 26, 2005 -- In an effort
to reduce criminal activity and the fear of crime in certain areas
of the city experiencing problems, the Houston Police Department
will be implementing the Neighborhood Enforcement Team Taskforce
The taskforce will focus on the following problems:
-- Disorder hot spot locations targeting disturbances and fights.
-- Property crime hot spot locations targeting burglaries and
-- Violent crime hot spot locations targeting assaults, robberies,
gang activity and homicides.
-- Warrant sweeps targeting suspects wanted for misdemeanor or
Tactics to be used include, but are not limited to:
-- Increased foot patrols, bike patrol and auto patrols.
-- Increased intelligence gathering, as well as expanded undercover
-- Expedited follow-up criminal investigations.
With this planned initiative, the Houston Police
Department aims to decrease crime and reduce the fear citizens
have of becoming victims of crime in the targeted areas. These
areas will be selected based upon crime analysis information and
other factors causing crime, and increased numbers of calls for
Any effort to reduce crime cannot be successful
without active involvement from our citizens. The police department
depends heavily on citizens serving as additional “eyes
and ears” in the identification of crime and disorder problems
in the community.
We want to remind citizens that if a police or
fire emergency exists, they should immediately call 9-1-1. Non-emergency
requests for service should be reported by calling 713-884-3131.
Also, citizens are encouraged to anonymously report persons wanted
for involvement in criminal activity to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.