WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CRIME FOR HOUSTON: ADDED RESOURCES!

MORE FOCUS ON HOUSTON’S PUBLIC SAFETY!
Houston Mayor Bill White announced Tuesday that the city expects to spend an additional estimated $52 million on public safety, including $24 million on police overtime pay.”Violent crime is down, but we are never satisfied,” White said. “Voters for Proposition H last year said they wanted to increase public safety. With this plan, we will do just that. We will have more officers on the streets fighting crime.”The plan includes:

$24 million in overtime, starting now through the end of fiscal year 2010. This funding will allow the city more than half a million extra Houston Police Department hours.
Approximately 190 additional police officers, from three academy classes added to the four already planned in the next fiscal year. When combined with new academy classes last year and this year, along with next year’s classes previously planned, the city expects to have increased the number of uniformed officers on the force by more than 500. That will be more than a 10 percent increase in HPD personnel over the next three years.
In the next nine months the city will implement a program to permanently replace 78 police officers now serving on jail duty with civilian jailers. This will result in more uniformed officers being available for patrol and investigations.The city also will proceed with a request for proposal for a new citywide radio system, which will cost in excess of $100 million. Radios for first responders, including police, fire and EMS, will be among the first to be replaced.