Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

Riverfront Park Bank Stabilization, $1,750,000
Sponsor: City of Beaumont, TX, P.O. Box 3827, Beaumont, TX 77704

Riverfront Park in downtown Beaumont stretches along the Neches River past the Museum District, the Beaumont Civic Center, Beaumont City Hall, up to the Port of Beaumont. While the park has been an asset to the community for many years, its importance has grown significantly in recent years as it becomes a vital piece of the citys downtown revitalization efforts. Due to river currents, several sections of the park are experiencing erosion, with the most significant occurring in the northern section, and as a result, the city is seeking federal assistance with a project to provide bank stabilization along the length of the park.

Houston Police Department LiveScan Equipment, $755,000
Sponsor: City of Houston, TX, 1200 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

The Houston Police Department is in need of more funds to purchase more LiveScan equipment, enabling them to capture electronic fingerprints at booking and be part of the IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System) program which enables them to determine in seconds as opposed to days an individuals legal status and criminal history of those they apprehend through the federal Law Enforcement Support Center.

Houston Police Department Mobile AFIS Equipment, $158,000
Sponsor: City of Houston, TX, 1200 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Funds would help the Houston Police Department purchase 50 additional handheld devices that would be given to police officers to quickly capture biometric information of suspects and quickly determine their criminal histories, outstanding warrants, whether they have an order of removal or bench warrant for a failure to appear for an immigration proceeding from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, etc. from ICEs Office of Detention and Removals deportable felon database.

Preventing Violence Against Women, $150,000
Sponsor: Harris County Constable Precinct 4, 16000 Stuebner Airline Road, Suite 520, Spring, TX 77379

Funding will used to provide a uniform manner of handling violent crimes against woman with-in this precinct by supporting an investigating deputy for the precinct. This way cases will be worked on 24 hours a day and have a faster completion time. The investigating deputy shall make the scene when a incident is reported and interview all victim(s), suspects(s), and witness(s) while at the scene. Collect all evidence at scene and provide the victim(s) with a written notification of their " Victim Rights" found in the departmental issued Victim Assistance pamphlet. The investigator shall initiate a case report and post the case on the office information board so that all patrol deputies may be informed of the case.

Police Department Property Building, $1,300,000
Sponsor: City of Beaumont, TX, P.O. Box 3827, Beaumont, TX 77704

In addition to paying for storage at a non-city facility off site, the Beaumont Police Department is currently operating and maintaining two locations for the storage of property and evidence from crimes. With those sites approaching capacity, the city has a need to purchase a building that would house all property, evidence, and files at a central location. Beaumont residents will benefit from the project form the improved efficiency of the Police Department. The project will also provide long-term savings for the city by eliminating the need for rented space.

Dismantling and Disrupting Drug Trafficking Organizations by the Targeted Narcotics Enforcement Team, $500,000
Sponsor: City of Houston, TX, P.O. Box 1562, Houston, TX 77251

The Houston Police Narcotics Division is requesting funds to be used towards enforcement of the illegal possession and distribution of Methamphetamine/ICE, Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuan