Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed December 10, 2009 as Sheriff Adrian Garcia Day for the sheriff’s work and contribution to fighting crime, especially through his support of Crime Stoppers.
According to the proclamation, presented Thursday by Council Member Edward Gonzalez, Sheriff Garcia “is maintaining a pivotal role in helping ensure the success of Crime Stoppers. Cooperation as both the sheriff and as a concerned citizen has greatly assisted not only the organization, but also the countless number of people Crime Stoppers helps.”
The presentation was made at a news conference announcing Sheriff Garcia’s allocation of half a million dollars of seized funds to Crime Stoppers. The money will be used to further Crime Stoppers’ mission to solve and prevent crime in the Greater Houston Area. “We’re doing some big time recycling today. My payment to Crime Stoppers is being made with assets seized from criminals. Their ill-gotten gains will be used to catch OTHER criminals just like them. We’re recycling crime money,” the sheriff said.
Through October of this year, tips to Crime Stoppers helped arrest 673 felons in the Greater Houston Area, including 9 capital murderers. That’s more arrests than all of last year. “These numbers are thanks to Sheriff Garcia’s commitment to double the number of his deputies assigned to the Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Detail,” said Katherine Cabannis, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston.
“Crime Stoppers is an essential tool to fighting crime,” said Garcia. “The allocation of the $500,000 is in recognition of the organization’s work and to significantly increase the number of arrests and solved crimes they assist with,” he added.