|September 30, 2009 - Houston City Council Member and Candidate for Mayor Peter Brown yesterday released his expanded public safety blueprint for Houston at a press conference with local law enforcement officers and experts. Brown’s plan outlines a comprehensive policing strategy, with real solutions to cut crime in Houston.|
As a Council Member, Brown has been a long-time champion for improved public safety, and was an initial advocate for the creation of the city’s Real Time Crime Center.
“Keeping Houston safe is the first responsibility of city government, and it’s got to be our focus,” said Brown. “It isn’t enough to talk about being tough on crime, we’ve also got to be smart about it, and we’ve got to focus on results-oriented tactics and proven strategies. That’s what I’ll do as Mayor.”
Brown was joined at the press conference by local law enforcement officer Luis Figuero who praised Brown for his common sense public safety solutions.
“We need a mayor who will be tough on crime but also smart about improving public safety,” said Luis Figueroa, a local law enforcement officer with more than thirteen years of experience. “I’m supporting Peter Brown for Mayor because I believe his common sense solutions will reduce crime and empower law enforcement with the tools and tactics we need to do the job right.”
Brown’s plan, “Get Tough, Get Smart: A Public Safety Blueprint for An Even Better Houston” has three main elements:
* Decentralized Neighborhood Policing, with Officers Where They’re Needed, When They’re Needed. Brown’s plan will bring public safety resources closer to the neighborhoods where they are needed, cutting crime and reducing response times. He’ll get officers out from behind desks and back on the beat, and keep experienced officers working the neighborhoods they know to maintain institutional knowledge and valuable relationships. He’ll improve accountability. And he’ll make substations fully-functional operational outposts, with specialized resources and enhanced capabilities.
* Empower Law Enforcement With the Tools They Need To Keep Houston Safe. As Mayor, Peter Brown will ensure local law enforcement agencies communicate and coordinate to expand our resources, maintain Houston’s investment in the Real Time Crime Center, and expand the use of new technologies to track and predict patterns of crime. He’ll also expand communications between the police department and residents to improve public safety awareness.
* Stop Crime Before It Happens With A Practical, Proactive Approach. Peter Brown will work to prevent crime before it happens with after-school programs and drug and alcohol prevention efforts. And he’ll work to address the root causes of crime, cleaning up neighborhoods, strengthening communities, and preventing crime from taking hold.
Brown’s call for safer, stronger neighborhoods was echoed by Pastor Robert Gilmore, a member of Ministers Against Crime, who spoke about the importance of preventing crime in the community.
“Peter Brown has a strong record when it comes to responding to community concerns and delivering results,” said Gilmore. “I know we can count on Peter to find real solutions with policies that prevent crime, protect our youth from gangs and drugs, and keep our communities safe and strong.”
In recent weeks, Brown has released detailed blueprints to grow our economy and create new jobs, make city government more efficient, reduce traffic congestion and provide real transportation choices, prevent flooding, and improve our energy infrastructure. Brown’s policy proposals have been acknowledged as the most substantive and thoughtful of any of the major candidates. All of these policies are available on his website, at www.PeterBrownforMayor.com/Blueprint.
As a successful businessman, Peter Brown has the experience Houston needs in our next mayor. A U.S. Army Veteran born and raised in Houston, Peter built his own small business into a successful national firm. He knows how to make a business thrive, and he knows how to get results. As Mayor, he’ll use those skills to improve our city – protecting our tax dollars with a more effective, efficient and accountable approach to government. He’ll make smart investments to reduce crime, improve the quality of life, and attract more businesses and more jobs to Houston. As a City Council Member, Brown saved taxpayers millions by reworking city building plans, cutting government waste, and championing conservation efforts. Brown has the experience and vision to build an even better Houston. We need a Mayor who will get results, and Peter Brown is that leader.