HOUSTON – On Tuesday afternoon, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo and local law enforcement officials announced that 164 parolee offenders were arrested on charges including theft, home invasion and murder in a two-week parole violators operation.
"We're happy to announce that 164 parole offenders, 164 offenders, have been taken off the streets," Acevedo said.
At the news briefing, officials released mug shots of some of the suspects taken into custody.
Acevedo said his goal for the operation began after Jose Gilberto Rodriguez cut off his ankle monitor last summer and gunned down three people.
“That’s what gave rise to the regional approach, and as a result of the commitment of all these agencies here, I think we’re much safer, I don’t think, I know we are," Acevedo said.
Sixteen agencies met in September to plan the new initiative, and nine departments took part in this first operation. Acevedo said all 16 will eventually participate, and carry out one operation every quarter.
The agencies involved include sheriff's departments from Harris, Montgomery, Galveston, and Waller Counties, HPD, Texas City PD, Galveston PD and Harris County Constables Precinct's three, six and eight.
“Team effort is what matters, making the community safer, and really you get right down to it it’s a quality of life issue, taking these bad guys of the neighborhoods, it’s a better place for our families,” said Chief Kirk Bonsal, of Precinct 4 Constable Office.