Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now supporting the Houston Police Department (HPD) in their efforts to address an increase in road rage-related shootings in the states largest city.
DPS are deploying marked and unmarked patrol units to provide assistance in specific areas identified by the HPD.
Abbott also directed the Texas DPS to deploy multiple resources to support Houston police and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crime Prevention operations.
These resources include a team of DPS Intelligence Analysts, DPS Special Agents, and State Troopers who will conduct gang and drug investigative operations.
DPS is also providing a helicopter and two patrol planes to provide direct air support in Houston.
“The State of Texas is working closely with HPD to provide the necessary resources that will effectively combat violence in the Houston community,” Abbott said. “The support that DPS is providing to HPD will protect Houstonians and crack down on illegal and violent activity, including road rage-related shootings, within the city.”