Harold Hurtt, the new Houston police chief, has pledged increased patrols to nab speeders and task force checks on clubs deemed neighborhood nuisances. The Houston Chronicle reports that in his first crime summit last Saturday, Hurtt said, “We are full partners and we need to be willing to reach out.” Hurtt wants $3.6 million to purchase Tasers for 3,600 officers known as “first responders.” “When we used them in Phoenix, deadly force decreased by 50 percent,” he said.
One local community group president told the chief: “There are more guns, more knives. You’re almost afraid to get out of your house.” Tana McCoy of the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center reported an increase in drug and weapon use in crimes among juveniles. She found a shift in the gender and race of juvenile offenders. Assaults and thefts are on the rise among white and Hispanic females. “White females are becoming more malelike in their delinquencies,” McCoy said. “These are possibly brought on from sexual and emotional abuse issues.”