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Chief Hurtt Announces Results of HPD Effort in Operation Falcon

April 27, 2006 -- In conjunction with the United States Marshals Service and numerous local, state, and federal agencies, HPD participated in the FALCON II initiative to apprehend violent, wanted offenders in the Houston metropolitan area. HPD's participation in this effort is a continuation of the Houston Men Against
Family Violence Campaign that has been underway since March 2005.

HPD's efforts in the Falcon II operation, which occurred between April 17, 2006 and April 23, 2006, included:

  • A review of 211 warrants (120 felonies and 91 misdemeanors) for local offenders. Of those warrants, 65 were provided to the US Marshal for execution due to intelligence being developed indicating these suspects were out of the state or country. There were 54 additional warrants or charges filed on existing suspects, during the course of Operation Falcon II, bringing the total to 265 warrants generated by the Houston Police Department.
  • 207 warrant service attempts (119 felony suspects and 88 misdemeanor suspects).
  • The arrests of 86 persons (45 felonies and 41 misdemeanors) for a 32.7% arrest rate. There were a number of suspects who had multiple charges filed against them, resulting in a lower number of actual service attempts, when compared to the total number of warrants.

Chief Hurtt states, "I want to thank the U. S. Marshals Service for inviting the Houston Police Department to participate in Operation Falcon II. As we are all aware, crime is not specific to one jurisdiction, nor can just one organization address the impact that crime has on our society. Coordination and cooperation between the various Local, County, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies is essential for the safety of our citizens and preservation of our way of life."

The Houston Police Department will continue the pursuit of wanted offenders who are preying on their intimate partners and children. HPD is committed to bringing those offenders to justice and providing service and protection to their victims. Chief Hurtt states, "If you are wanted for family violence, you need to turn yourself in now. HPD will continue the search for you until you are located and placed in jail."


For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.