Public Safety

As chair of the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee, John Whitmire has passed strong, anti-crime measures, while at the same time reforming our justice system to make it fairer and increasing its focus on rehabilitation.

As mayor, Whitmire will focus on:

  • Increasing the number of police officers on the street and strengthening Houston’s Community Policing Program
  • Keeping violent criminals behind bars and illegal guns off the streets
  • Equipping HPD to better address mental health situations and enhance de-escalation training
  • Providing“Second Chance” programs that integrate former offenders back into the community
  • Teaming with schools, nonprofits and businesses to provide after-school programs and summer opportunities