Push for harsher prison sentences as HPD crackdowns on gang violence

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HOUSTON — The Houston Police Department and other Texas law enforcement agencies are partnering with the federal government in a new initiative targeting violent crime, officials announced during a news conference Thursday.

To all the violent criminals in Houston, law enforcement is not playing around.

"We're coming after the worst of the worst" HPD Chief Art Acevedo said.

The partnership includes a total of 10 law enforcement agencies that will be combing their resources and increasing personnel to ramp up investigative and prosecutorial efforts, along with better community outreach.

Officials said the days of short jail sentences are over.

"There aren't going to be anymore slaps on the wrists here in Harris County," Acevedo said. "You're not going to do a year in prison. You're not going to do two years in prison. You're looking at growing old in prison."

The FBI is asking the Greater Houston community to speak up.

FBI Special Agent in charge Perrye K. Turner encourages residents to report gang tips and familiarize themselves with the list of most wanted fugitives here.

Watch out bad guys,  H-Town is coming for you!

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