Houston Police Announce Crime Reduction Initiative
April 27, 2006 -- The Houston
Police Department along with the Harris County District Attorney
and federal law enforcement agencies joined on Wednesday (Apr.
26) to announce measures aimed at reducing crime in Houston.
Among the measures, the Houston Police Department
will establish a new mobile command post to direct logistics for
more efficient investigation and crime suppression in three southwest
Houston police districts that have experienced the largest rise
in violent crime.
U-Net, which stands for Unified Neighborhood
Enhancement Team, will consist of Houston police officers from
various divisions. HPD along with agents from the Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission (TABC), the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), U.S. Marshal's
office and others will share communications with officers working
in "the field", and in the Mobile Command unit ("U-NET").
This mobile command post will be operated 24 hours a day by HPD
Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt was among
city, county, state and federal officials announcing deployment
of the "U.N.E.T" vehicle at the Fondren Patrol Division.
Chief Hurtt emphasized the importance of bringing more visibility
into areas where criminals feel that they can prey on law-abiding
citizens. "With this effort we will empower residents to
exhibit a `take back our neighborhood' mentality," said Chief
Hurtt. "We will be asking our religious and community leaders
to visit the command post and help spread this message through
walking and talking with residents," said the Chief.
"We are focusing this effort on an area
of Houston where we can get the most arrests of the predators
who are taking what is most important from our law abiding citizens,
that is their sense of security," said Mayor Bill White.
"The increase in crime in these three police districts accounts
for nearly all, if not all, of the increase in crime in the whole
City of Houston."
In addition to seeking violent criminals, officers
will be conducting public intoxication sweeps, DWI traffic enforcement,
civility ordinance enforcement and use of bike and foot patrols.
HPD will also use the command post as a crime prevention and awareness
tool, conducting various community programs during daytime hours,
encouraging residents to visit the "U-NET" to fingerprint
their children and learn more about graffiti and gangs.
The initiative will be funded making use of
"Weed and Seed" and criminal initiative federal funds,
and the NETT (Neighborhood Enforcement Task Force Team) and on-duty
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at