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Crime, Oil Spill Update, ICE, & Kayaking Buffalo Bayou: Houston Matters for Wed., March 26, 2014

When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; nearly […]

When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; nearly two thousand were burglaries.

On Tuesday’s program we explored how crime is reported in the media. Today, we consider what’s being done to prevent crime, and how specific activity is monitored and investigated, from theft to DUI to more violent crimes like assault and homicide, to human trafficking – criminal activity that Houston has, sadly, become known for. That reputation was reaffirmed last week when 115 smuggled victims were found locked in a stash house.

We welcome your questions and comments for two officials tasked with leading law enforcement efforts in Greater Houston: Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Also on this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll get an update from Houston Public Media’s Dave Fehling on efforts to clean up last weekend’s oil spill in Galveston Bay.

Then: we’ll learn about ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – what used to be the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Customs Service, and Federal Protective Service, now all rolled into one. Amid recent news about some ICE detainees on a hunger strike in Conroe, we’ll learn more about what ICE does, how it operates, and the circumstances under which detainees are held.

And: on the heels of our recent discussion about what’s on your Houston “bucket list,” Houston Public Media Director of Content Capella Tucker and Houston Matters host Craig Cohen knock one item off the list, as they kayak along Buffalo Bayou, courtesy of Bayou City Adventures.

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