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From The Sanctuary Cities Law To Catching Dangerous Drivers, HPD Chief Art Acevedo Takes Your Questions

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo takes your questions and comments.

On today's edition of Houston Matters, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo takes your questions and comments about law enforcement-related issues in the city, from the recent "sanctuary cities" bill (and the lawsuits against it), to the implementation of HPD's new overnight investigative unit, to creative new ways to catch dangerous drivers on roads and highways.

Conversation Highlights:

  • Chief Acevedo says he’s still opposed to SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” law, saying he feels it will discourage people from reporting crime and cooperating with law enforcement.
  • Acevedo says HPD is still understaffed, citing a study that says the department is 1,400-1,500 officers short.
  • He talked about addressing issues such as speeding and road safety by having HPD officers ride in non-HPD vehicles (such as METRO buses) to watch for and report dangerous drivers.
  • He discussed the department’s new overnight detective unit, which he has dubbed “The Lucky 13.”

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