Harris County Constable Ron Hickman's Patrol Back to School Initiative has been in full swing for the past week, all around Harris County Precinct 4.
This initiative is in direct response to criminal activity the area has experienced and tracked through crime analysis in years past.
"Through our experience, we know there have been increases in property crimes such as burglaries to motor vehicles and other thefts in communities," assistant chief Mark Herman said. "Therefore, we have strategized our patrol resources and placed more patrol deputies on the streets during our nightshifts. This proactive approach has yielded arrests and provided a much higher police presence during the projected times of these crimes from years past."
This planned patrol initiative has allowed the department to increase overall nightshift patrols by more than 50 percent. Herman explained that increasing law enforcement presence in neighborhoods during these times, has kept the targeted activity in check.
Herman said that the initiative has resulted in the arrest of six individuals, with two more arrests for prior warrants. The deputies have issued 154 warnings and 166 citations as well.
"The second phase of our Back to School Initiative will be to incorporate our Driving While Intoxicated STEP patrol units into the initiative," Herman said. "As an effort to keep our roadways safe, it is important that law enforcement take a pro-active stance in preventing those who wish to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired from endangering others and themselves by doing so."