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The DRT within the division presently consists of one sergeant and four officers with plans for expansion. The purpose of the Differential Response Team is to work with the Central Business District Community to reduce crime and improve the quality of life. Additionally, the DRT proactively works with the community using traditional and non- traditional innovative forms of problem solving to impact crime, calls for service, safety issues and quality of life within the Central Business District.
In addition, the DRT addresses diverse problems such as un-kept lots, residential improprieties, apartment complex ordinance violations, environmental lawlessness and business licensing regulations, as well as responding to crime problems as identified through crime analysis. On a routine basis, the DRT also meets with the community members, encouraging the involvement of the community in the problem solving process. Ultimately, the goal is to have an overall impact benefiting the City of Houston as a whole.