HOUSTON -- The FBI, Houston Police Department, and the complete network of law enforcement agencies throughout Harris County announced enhancements to their anti-gang efforts Wednesday.
They hope the improvements will lead to even more cooperation from the public in rooting out gangs and gang violence.
On May 10, 2011, a 23-year-old and a 14-year-old were wounded by gunfire at Tidwell Park. After that shooting a northeast Houston resident sent one tip to the Stop Houston Gangs website, www.stophoustongangs.org. Police say that single tip eventually led to a total of 142 arrests.
To capitalize on the proven potential of the website, the Houston area Multi-Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF), used Tidwell Park as the location for a news conference to announce several new features for the anti-gang campaign.
The site now features the Top Ten Most Wanted Gang Fugitives in the Houston area. Each week one of them will appear as the "Featured Fugitive" in a profile of his or her crimes. And Clear Channel Outdoor is offering 26 billboards across the city to advertise the website and the featured fugitives.
"You know the gangs brag that they own the night. I want you to look at that splendid website because they are shining the light of day on these poisonous cockroaches," said Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos.
"I take pride in recognizing the fact that my guys know how to catch them and the madam DA knows how to cook 'em and fry 'em," said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. "And we will continue to do that all day long."
Police agencies have identified 223 gangs in the Houston area with more than 12,000 documented gang members.
For more information about criminal gang activity or to find out how to send an anonymous tip, visit www.stophoustongangs.org.