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Census award at Safety meeting

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia became a Proud Partner of U. S. 2020 Census. Melissa Allala, U. S. Census Partnership Specialist presents Proud Partnership certificate. (PHOTO BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – May 29, 2019 at the Houston Police Department’s East Freeway storefront office, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia brought together governmental agencies, law enforcement and citizens together for her regular Neighborhood Safety meeting.

Harris County Sheriff Deputy Sergeant E. Rivera said, “The crooks and bad guys crisscross back and forth from law enforcement jurisdictions so the sheriff’s department and Houston’s police department work closely together on solving and preventing crime.”

He said gun and cell phone is highly sought after by criminals.

“Criminals don’t buy their guns legally, they steal them from citizens who are careless with their guns,” Rivera said. “Cemeteries is a place citizens usually get careless, they leave purses, cell phones and guns unlocked in their vehicles while walking away to visit graves.”

Houston Police Sergeant T. Schmidt reported crime statistics along the East Corridor from downtown Houston eastward to Beltway 8 along the East Freeway (IH-10) including Pleasantville and Clinton Park. Reports of breaking into vehicles was high with 64 cases, 77 cases of thefts, 27 cases of robbery, 28 auto thefts and 23 cases of aggravated assault.

Deputy Constable of Pct. 2, Lt. C. W. Brown from Constable Chris Diaz’s office, said the constable’s office is available to anyone needing their help.

Deputy Charlotte Jackson, RUOK Coordinator from Pct 3, and Constable Sherman Eagleton said their free senior program, RUOK (are you okay), is available to seniors who live alone or don’t have someone to check in on them can sign up for the program. To participate, seniors will fill out a form designating what days they would like to be called. Should the senior not answer the call a deputy will be sent to their home checking on the welfare of the senior. For more information you can call (713) 274-2500.

Congresswoman Garcia will carry on the Community Cleanup Day program started by retired Congressman Gene Green. This year’s event will be on Saturday, June 22nd at 9 AM at the HPD East Freeway Store Front, 12001-A East Freeway (next to Burlington’s). For more information call District Director Yuroba Harris at 832-325- 3150.

Melissa Allala, Census Partnership Specialist with the U. S. Department of Commerce-Bureau of Census said, “Citizens shouldn’t be concerned about their information they provide. The information gathered is only for producing statistical data and will not be shared with anyone or any other agency