MAYOR ANNISE PARKER’S RESPONSE: HPD has created a new organization called the Police and Clergy Alliance that will be officially affiliated with HPD and open to any minister who wants to participate. In the past, there were as many as 10 different ministers against crime organizations operating individually and representing different religions and ethnic groups. Some had exclusive qualifications for membership, including the exclusion of women, that were not in line with the city’s commitment to inclusiveness. Having one umbrella organization is a more unifying approach that recognizes Houston’s diversity and sends a clear message that HPD is open to working with all groups. It will also allow for better coordination of volunteer efforts by HPD’s clergy liaison team.