The @houstonpolice Department is committed to having the right leadership and officers on the frontline, men and women, to protect and serve our community.
Unfortunately, major cities across the nation, including Houston, are experiencing an increase in homicides, shootings and other crimes during the #COVID19 pandemic.
We have worked to help people holistically. For example, there @HoustonHealth Dept. launched a mental health hotline. I expanded my anti-trafficking division to include domestic violence because domestic violence calls are up.
🚨 Today I am announcing that to combat crime and decrease the numbers, I have approved a COVID-19 Related Crime Reduction Program. We will put $4.1 million of CARES Act funding into an overtime initiative for the Houston Police Department.
Overall, Violent Crime is up 11% in the City of Houston.

There are 6 hot spots that are driving our violent crime numbers. Those spots are the Westside, South Gessner, North Belt, Southeast, South Central, and Midwest.
Beginning today, through the end of the year, there will be an additional 110 officers deployed each day to saturate those areas with the objective of reducing crime.
Throughout those areas, HPD officers will be on proactive patrols to reduce crime.

The overall goal of this initiative is to drive down violent crime by promoting safer neighborhoods through enforcement strategies.
Police cannot do it alone. HPD will coordinate its efforts with the business districts, business owners and local leaders in conducting this overtime initiative.
Each crime victim is a more than a number. It is someone’s family member, a father, mother or child.
This is our city and we must work together. As mayor, I will not tolerate lawlessness or indifference.

Together, we must make our community safer.

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19 Oct
Today’s milestone – students returning to the classroom as we confront a global pandemic - is one of the many steps towards moving into a sense of normalcy. And I’m thrilled to see the children of Highland Heights– on campus today. #ReturnStrong #ReconnectSafely
I commend Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan for her leadership in navigating this unprecedented challenge in the @HoustonISD.
As you transition thousands of students from a virtual platform to the classroom, you must focus on their education, along with the health and safety protocols designed to prevent the virus from spreading.
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24 Sep
Today, I want to highlight the @HoustonHealth's wastewater monitoring project, an initiative currently proving itself as a potentially faster method of containing this dreadful disease. #COVID19
The City of Houston and our partners have taken innovative steps to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, so that we are better prepared to provide resources to communities that are vulnerable and high-risk.
This innovative project is a collaboration between @HoustonHealth and leading wastewater and data scientists from @RiceUniversity and Baylor College of Medicine.
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23 Sep
Overnight and this morning we are experiencing the last remnants of Tropical Storm #Beta. It has cleared the area & emergency operations for the city have been deactivated.

Some of the bayous are still full & streets are wet. So, I ask people to be careful this morning. 1/5
As of this morning, @houstonpolice have conducted 33 high-water rescues. @HoustonFire responded to 56 water rescues. 164 vehicles were towed as of midnight. Houstonians can find information about their towed vehicles at 2/5

Houstonians can report flood-related road debris, flashing traffic lights, & high-water spots by calling 311 at 713.837.0311 or email Traffic light & power outages can be reported to CenterPoint at 713.207.2222.

METRO has resumed its normal operations. 3/5
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22 Sep
We are going to be in this weather pattern for the next 24 hours. #Beta is moving very slowly at 2mph. The rain bands are producing 2-3 inches of rain.
You can help us out by just staying home. We've had several high water rescues already. Please don't drive into high water. #TurnAroundDontDrown
We do expect these rain bands to intensify tonight, so please stay off the roads.

We are monitoring freeways like 288 and shutting them down as needed. #Beta
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17 Sep
Today, @HoustonHealth reports 267* cases of #COVID19 today, bringing Houston’s total to 70,064.

We also have seven newly reported deaths, bringing the city’s total to 998. We are only two deaths shy of reaching a grim milestone with 1,000 COVID-19 related deaths in Houston.
I also want to share the sad news of another city of Houston employee who passed away of #COVID19. Richard Sable was a City of Houston employee, who started in 2010. Please keep his family and former colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.
Since the start of the global pandemic, the city has lost seven municipal employees and three firefighters. The virus continues to be a threat to people in our city.

We will continue to monitor the numbers for this month and next month in October.
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14 Sep
🚨 Today, I'm pleased to announce that we're expanding the Mayor's Office of Human Trafficking to include domestic violence. The office, which was created in 2015, will now be called the Mayor's Office of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.
Recognized as a leader, the office has been asked to train mayors' offices across the U.S. and some international governments on Houston's unique municipal response to human trafficking.
We are adding domestic violence to this office's responsible because both domestic violence and human trafficking are forms of gender-based violence.
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