The first Information Exchange presentation of the year (2018) coordinated by the Houston Police Department’s Senior Community Liaison Dr. Tim Dang was held recently at the Sunrise Adult Activity & Health Center, 9525 Wilcrest Drive.
The Houston Police Department personnel listed below shared helpful crime prevention information with the Vietnamese community:
Willie Anthony, Sergeant, HPD Public Affairs
Tracy Hicks, Sergeant, HPD Auto Theft Division
Presentation Topic: Auto Theft and Burglary of a Motor Vehicle Prevention
Jeremy Lahar, Senior Police Officer, HPD Public Affairs
Presentation Topic: Personal Safety
Patrick LeBlanc, Lieutenant, HPD Special Victims Division
Presentation Topic: Elder Abuse
Phan Thanh, Sergeant, HPD Burglary and Theft Division
Presentation Topic: Burglary and Theft Prevention
Alma Gonzalez, Counselor, HPD Criminal Investigation Command, Family Violence Unit
Presentation Topic: Domestic Violence
There were over 100 citizens in attendance. The discussion included the following: Auto Theft; Burglary of a Motor Vehicle; Personal Safety; Elder Abuse; Burglary and Theft; and Domestic Violence. The exchange concluded with questions and answers. An interpreter was present to translate from English to Vietnamese.
The purpose of the Information Exchange Initiative is to enhance communications between police officers and citizens throughout various areas of the city. The goal is to educate the high concentration of Vietnamese immigrants by providing them with crime prevention literature, and discussing crime prevention strategies and concerns. These citizens historically are not very comfortable with interacting with police officers within the department. This exchange promotes the department’s community policing and let’s citizens from this community know that we care and are available.