Federal, state, local law enforcement announce violent crime crackdown

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Top law enforcement officials from 13 federal, state and local agencies shared a podium at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston Thursday to announce a coordinated effort to investigate, arrest and convict violent criminals with a renewed focus on cooperation.

The announcement stems from a recent summit held at the FBI field office in Houston and another gathering in Washington, D.C., where agencies agreed to share intelligence and resources to prosecute violent offenders through the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office using the strongest laws possible.


Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo offered a pointed summary of the new Houston Law Enforcement Violent Crime Initiative.

 “There ain’t gonna be any more slap on the wrist in Harris County,” he said. “You’re going to grow old in prison.”

Tom Berg, first assistant to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, said Ogg is dedicated to allocating better resources to bring local, national and international crime organizations to justice.

“We’re committed to the containment and eradication of violent crime,” Berg said.

As a result of recent roundtable discussions among agencies, Acevedo said the region is singularly focused on arresting and prosecuting violent criminals through the most appropriate courts, whether at the state or federal level, with the goal of putting away violent criminals for significantly longer time periods.

The Houston police have added two new squads, a nine-person violent offenders squad, which will investigate who is committing the worst serial robberies and gang crimes, and a nine-member crime apprehension team, or CAT,  which will use multi-agency intelligence to arrest suspects in violent crimes.

He offered the example of suspects identified in serial bank robberies in Katy. Using information from the robbery division, the CAT squad made arrests on three robberies.


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