HOUSTON - In an effort to stop the spread of gangs and graffiti in Northwest Houston, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) and Houston City Council Member Toni Lawrence will co-host an informational round-table discussion with gang and graffiti experts in law enforcement to educate stakeholders about the efforts of state and local authorities in combating gangs and graffiti.
“Communities must stand together to combat graffiti blight and gang activity which frightens residents,” Rep. Bohac said. “Both Council Member Lawrence and I want to make sure these gangs do not operate in our neighborhoods or deface the walls of our homes and businesses with graffiti.”
Along with Rep. Bohac and Council Member Lawrence, Houston Police Sgt. Hank Hernandez with the city’s Differential Response Team (DRT) will be on hand to give a boots-on-the-ground presentation to residents. In addition, Mike Knox, a fifteen-year Houston Police Department veteran and author of Gangsta in the House, will speak on understanding and recognizing gang culture. Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin, who heads up Neighborhood Protection, will also be in attendance and serve as a panelist.
“Representative Bohac and I feel it is imperative to stay ahead of gang activity and for our neighborhoods to remain vigilant,” Council Member Lawrence said. “Letting our guard down, for even a moment, allows the gang culture to get a foothold in our community. We simply cannot allow this to happen.”
All members of the public are invited to attend the informational meeting which will take place Wednesday, October 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Spring Woods High School.