Council Member Thomas Announces Increased Public Safety, Community Enhancements

HPD Chief Troy Finner Joins Town Hall on June 22

City Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas is announcing several initiatives led by her office to increase safety and improve the quality of life for the residents of District F. These projects include a street light initiative for added lighting in dark  areas; a bus shelter program for added protection at METRO bus stops without coverings, and the installation of security cameras to capture surveillance in potentially dangerous areas.

Council Member Thomas is inviting the District F community members to the District F Public Safety Town Hall Meeting, on June 22 at Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter Dr., where she will share details on these and other public safety and community projects for District F and conduct a forum with Houston Police Chief Troy Finner. Thomas has made a commitment to fund up to 100  streetlights to be added throughout District F in areas of complete darkness within the district posing potential danger. In addition to poorly lit streets, her office discovered areas of darkness due to extreme tree canopy coverage and poor tree maintenance in residential neighborhoods.  As part of the remedy, she is working with the City to implement a tree maintenance program.

Under Thomas’ leadership, the District F office has worked with METRO since 2020 to construct 15 additional bus stop shelters throughout the district. The $132,000 project will provide bus riders with an added layer of protection from weather elements and on-coming traffic.  The project is set for completion this July. 

To crack down on criminal activity in District F, Council Member Thomas is dedicating $110,000 to the installation of 40 Flock security surveillance cameras throughout her district.  The cameras are designed to capture license plates, vehicle details and send real-time alerts to assist with criminal investigations.

 Council Member Thomas has been especially vocal about elevating public safety as a measure to instill a greater sense of pride and security in the District F community.  In last week’s City Council public session, she raised brows when she directly addressed a commercial property offender in the Alief area for perpetually staining the Alief community with an inoperative trailer that has become a burning eyesore at Alief Clodine Road and West Houston Center Boulevard.

 “The residents of District F deserve to be able to take pride in this amazing and diverse community,” she stated.  “When our families don’t feel safe taking a walk, waiting to board public transit, or when they are surrounded by blight, the perception becomes that we aren’t valued, and we aren’t protected. When you devalue your community, you increase the opportunity for crime, and I am working every day to change that for our neighborhoods.”

Tiffany D. Thomas is the Houston City Council Member for District F, representing Alief, Westchase, Tanglewilde, Briarmeadow, Westmont, and the historic Piney Point.  She is the first Black woman and member under 40 to serve in this role. As Chair of Housing and Community Affairs for the City of Houston, she oversees priorities related to Housing, Veteran Affairs, Homelessness, and Solid Waste. Thomas won her seat on City Council in the general runoff election in December 2019 and assumed office on January 2, 2020. She is a proud and long-time resident of District F and attended public school.

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