United States. Congress. House. Committee on the J.

Taking Back Our Streets Act of 1995 : hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, on H.R. 3 ... January 19 and 20, 1995 online

. (page 51 of 51)
Online LibraryUnited States. Congress. House. Committee on the JTaking Back Our Streets Act of 1995 : hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, on H.R. 3 ... January 19 and 20, 1995 → online text (page 51 of 51)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


be done to prevent these behaviors from developing in the first
place .

Thank you for your time and consideration of the issues I have
outlined today.





602



CITY OF HOUSTON

Houilon tone* D«partm«nt

61 Riesner Street Houston. Texas 77C»2 713/247-1000
Bob Lanier, Mayor

cirv COUNCa. MCMMIS: Hbhti Hubv MlehoM J yaib>«ugn Martha J. Wong KUwi J. CalowBy Jo* Hooen Roy F. OiIk^ Jenn KMIsy taai ^rsgB
Bvi T RvTM Sraels Cuonon Soant ElMnoi nnilav novo K«iay Shato Jocloon Ua JudKsn W. RoMvon U OTV CONWOUfB:

JamiMy 30,1995

I

0>«f of Police

Congresswoman SheQa Jackson Lee
1S20 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20S15

Dear Congrestwonan Jackson Lee:

I tegret that local commicmenu prevent me from speaJdng with members of yotir committee in person.
However, I would like to convey my support for the Crime Bill and its plan to add more police officers
to the streets of cities across America As you know. Houston has already recognized that hiring more
police officers and deploying them in an intelligent, well organized manner is critical to the safety of our
citizens. Coupling this with a teamwork approach that involves the grass roots organizations in our
neighborhoods, we have achieved marvelous results But, there is more that can be done if we have the
resources available at the local levelt

Along with other large city chiefs. I recognize that in addition to a strong commitment to adequately staff
police on the local level, there must be a significant effort to offer community based programs which will
provide the young people in our communities with alternatives to involvement in crime. The nationwide
trend of increased violent crime committed by juveniles must be addressed. While I am a Strong advocate
of law and order, aivd believe we must protect ourselves while w« address the massive problem of
juvenile crime, I am convinced we cannot arrest our way out of this situation. It is my belief that
adequately fimded, community based progratns are an important component of the American goal of
achieving a healthier, safer society. There are aspects of the Crime BUI which could be helpfUl in this
area. They should not be treated lightly.

It appears to me that the Omnibus Crime Bill of 1994 is one of the most beneficial programs the federal
government has ever undertaken to assist local governments.

Please ask your colleagues to carefully consider the effects of changing any aspect of the bill. I would
be pleased to give my analysis of the potential impact of any specific pans of the bill should you or your
colleagues feel it will assist you.




iNuchia
Chief of Police
sn/tsq



o



BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY



3 9999 05984 061 9



ISBN 0-16-053925-0




90000






Online LibraryUnited States. Congress. House. Committee on the JTaking Back Our Streets Act of 1995 : hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, on H.R. 3 ... January 19 and 20, 1995 → online text (page 51 of 51)