At an 11 am. news briefing Friday, March 1 in the Media room of Houston Police Headquarters atr 1200 Travis St, Houston Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez and Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Martha Montalvo discussed the police department’s annual “March on Crime/Lucha Contra El Crimen.”
Mayor Pro tem Gonzalez read a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Parker and presented it to Chief Montalvo on behalf of HPD.
The program was started in 1984 primarily focusing on violent crime in the African American community. Two years later, a Spanish equivalent (Lucha contra el crimen) was started. For a brief history of the program see the HPD document, “History of the March on Crime/Lucha contra el crimen”
Chief Montalvo highlighted specific efforts the Houston Police Department will employ to help in the “Keep Houston Safe” program. She stated that any crime requires a perpetrator, a victim, and an opportunity. Many crimes can be prevented if victims and their families are able to identify suspicious persons and reduce the likelihood that a crime will be committed.
The March on Crime is primarily a public education effort. Houston Police officers will present materials at many different locations including the Houston Rodeo to maximize public awareness. However, officers emphasized that prevention and public education are year-round police efforts.
For more information see the HPD web page explaining the March on Crime.