Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, HPD’s Troy Finner among area officials launching programs designed to reduce crime

HOUSTON – Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner and other public safety and health officials introduced two programs to reduce crime and improve community safety at an event on Monday.

The county launched the Holistic Alternative Responder Team (HART) and Gun Violence Interruption Programs.

“The items presented to commissioners court by Commissioner Ellis support Harris County’s commitment to advancing innovative and effective approaches to reducing crime and improving community safety,” a news release about the event read.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Edison Toquica and Barbie Robinson, executive director of Harris County Public Health, also attended the event.

KPRC 2 carried a livestream of the event and you can watch it in full in the video player at the top of this article as soon as it can be processed. This story will be updated with more details about the programs as they become available.

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