Watch live: Crime Stoppers, local law enforcement announce new plans to combat rising crime in Harris County – KPRC Click2Houston

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Nakia Cooper, Digital Managing Editor
Published: January 11, 2022, 10:54 AM
Updated: January 11, 2022, 6:39 PM
Nakia Cooper, Digital Managing Editor
HOUSTON – Crime Stoppers of Houston, along with local law enforcement agencies announced Tuesday additional resources to address the rising homicide rates compared to several years ago.
To date, over 600 murders have been recorded in Harris County in 2021 – a 70% increase compared to 2019 numbers.
As the leading public safety non-profit in Texas, Crime Stoppers has unveiled a new project launching in 2022 to address crime in Harris County.
At a press conference led by Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman on behalf of all Constable Offices, a gift of $10,000 was presented to Crime Stoppers of Houston to support the organization’s invaluable crime-solving efforts through the Tip Line Program and their critical work to address the rising homicide rates and ramifications of discretionary bond reform.
Watch full press conference here.
Speakers included Crime Stoppers of Houston CEO Rania Mankarious, Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Harris County Commissioner Tom Ramsey, Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle, and Crime Stoppers Safe Community Institute Director Sydney Zuiker. Others in attendance were Harris County Constables Ted Heap, Phil Sandlin, Silvia Trevino and Sherman Eagleton, as well as representatives from the Houston Police Department Central Station.
“For 41 years, Crime Stoppers of Houston has stood arm-in-arm with its partners – law enforcement, elected officials, community members and the media – with only one goal in mind: the public safety of all. Unfortunately, today, the very notion of “public safety” has become political and has created strain within our communities. There is no longer an absolute agreement on what “public safety” means and the real victims of crime are being forgotten,” said Mankarious. “Through it all, Crime Stoppers has remained focused on the victims and the safety of our community, and we will not stop. We are beyond thankful for the support of the Constable Offices that will allow us to keep working for the community.”
With this funding, Crime Stoppers is prepared to expand their work through their newly-established Safe Community Institute that will house a critically-needed research center. This research center is the first data reporting center of its kind and it has a clearly defined purpose: to accurately report on crime trends and public safety data to provide the public with a transparent view of the criminal justice system in Harris County. Its four main objectives include:
Crime Stoppers believes that every single community member is entitled to clear, accurate and unbiased data about the factors affecting their safety, and is aiming for the research center to provide exactly that.
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