Commissioner Cagle Announces Victim Services and Support Center
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. attacked the recent violent crime surge with both barrels today, presenting a $25,000 check to the of Houston Safe Community Program while helping launch a new Victim Service and Support Center in northern Harris County.
The Crime Stoppers donation will help address the rising violent crime in Harris County by supporting crime-identification and prevention services across the region through education.
“For 41 years, Crime Stoppers of Houston has stood arm-in-arm with its partners – law enforcement, elected officials, community members and the media – with only one goal in mind: the public safety of all,” said Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious. “We are beyond thankful for this funding from the office of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle that will directly support educating citizens regarding crime prevention across the community, including addressing the rising homicide rates and ramifications of discretionary bond reform. Crime Stoppers has remained focused on the victims and the safety of our community. We hope the community joins us in our fight for a safer city and county.”
Cagle thanked the members of Crime Stoppers for their service and recognized their work over the past three years tracking violent crimes committed by those out of jail on bond.
“Crime Stoppers has been a valued crime-fighting resource for decades,” said Cagle. “I applaud their work shedding light on shameful bail revision practices that put violent criminals back on the streets.”
Cagle also announced the opening of a new Victim Service and Support Center at the Ponderosa Fire Department. The center will serve as a convenient location for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to meet with trauma nurses and staff of the district attorney’s and sheriff’s offices.
“This center enhances public safety by making it easier for victims to pursue charges against their attacker or abuser,” said Cagle. “I hope it serves as a model for improving victim services across the county.”
Precinct 4 thanks the following organizations for helping make the victims center a reality: Ponderosa Fire Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Forensic Nurse Examiners, Northwest Assistance Ministries, and TOMAGWA.