HPD Announces Results of Crime Initiative
March 22, 2005 -- The Houston
Police Department's Major Offenders Division coordinated the first
Violent Crimes Tactical Response (VCTR) initiative in cooperation
with state and federal authorities. The initiative, undertaken
between June 1, 2004 and October 31, 2004, was proposed by the
ATF as a joint operation involving their
Houston office and units of the Houston Police Department with
the goal of targeting crimes that involved firearms and other
violent gang related offenses. Two police beats in southwest Houston
met the parameters of the program and were selected as the targets
for the initiative.
Implementation of the program involved HPD officers
assigned to the Westside, Fondren, Narcotics, Major Offenders,
Robbery, and Crime Analysis Divisions. The Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms (ATF) was integral to the operation. In addition, administrative
support was obtained from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
The initiative resulted in (129) traffic related
charges, (429) misdemeanor charges, and (190) felony charges filed.
Additionally, a substantial amount of narcotics, a 1998 Ford truck,
(29) firearms, and $18, 955 were recovered and/or seized. More
importantly, a comparative analysis of the two target police beats
found that violent crime rates decreased more than 15% during
the time that the initiative was in operation.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.