HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) - The Trump Administration's justice department is partnering with the Harris County Sheriff's Office to provide training and technical assistance in areas such as crime analytics, emerging technology and community engagement.
The three-year program will use Justice Department assets to help drive down violent crime.
Since 2017, the Justice Department has worked with more than 30 local jurisdictions under the nationwide PSP program. Many participating cities have already seen dramatic reductions in violent crime according to the U.S. Attorney's office. New Orleans ended 2018 with 146 murders, the lowest number of murders since the early 1970s. In Milwaukee, homicides declined in 2018 for a third straight year after hitting a deadly peak in 2015.
Attorney General William Barr announced the selection of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as one of 10 fiscal year 2019 Public Safety Partnership sites where the Justice Department will work collaboratively with local law enforcement.
Since 2017, the Justice Department has directed nearly $14.9 million in customized training and technical assistance to help build crime fighting capacity in selected areas. The program seeks to bring law enforcement together to work collaboratively in reducing violent crime attributed to firearms, drug trafficking and human trafficking.
“Adding unincorporated Harris County to the PSP program, which already includes the Houston Police Department, compliments the technical assistance and formal collaboration in the greater metro area,” said U.S. Attorney for Texas Ryan Patrick. “My office is committed to working with local law enforcement in reducing violent crime. HCSO is already a great law enforcement partner, and this new effort will make those ties stronger.”
“Combating violent crime requires strategic coordination among all the law enforcement agencies serving our community,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “The Justice Department’s National PSP gives front-line deputies the technical training and expertise they need to keep our neighborhoods safe.”