Houston Police Dropped 264,000 Criminal Cases Due to ‘Lack of Personnel’

The Houston Police Department has been found to have dropped a staggering 264,000 criminal cases due to a “lack of personnel,” according to the Texas city’s top law enforcement officials.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner admitted Monday that the cases were “suspended” over an eight-year period.

Last week, Finner initially revealed that “lack of personnel” administratively suspended 4,017 cases of alleged sexual assault.

However, a closer examination by the department identified that the code expanded to all other divisions of the department, Finner revealed in an update on Monday.

Across the department, about 264,000 incident reports were suspended with the “lack of personnel” code since 2016.

The figure accounts for around 10% of the 2.8 million incident reports filed with the Houston Police Department over the past eight years, Finner said in a statement.

Of the 264,000 reports, the chief said that about 100,000 are property crimes.

Finner said that police are stepping up efforts to review sexual assault incident reports.

Authorities will also contact potential victims, he added.

The department will now be moving additional personnel to other investigative divisions.

Finner said the HPD will be seeking to address any incident reports involving crimes against another person.

Last week, Finner said that he first became aware that a lack of manpower was suspending some sexual assault cases in 2021.

The police chief said he had ordered the department to stop using the code, FOX26 Houston reported.

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However, it appeared that the code was still used department-wide despite the order, the chief said.

“Am I proud about this?” Finner told reporters last week.

“No, I’m angry, okay, because I know we are better, and we are going to make it right, and we will make it right.”

He added that the department is still short of staff.

Following Monday’s revelation, Houston Mayor John Whitmire expressed his concern about the investigation into the department’s backlogged cases.

“I am very concerned,” the mayor said.

“It is unacceptable, and I have instructed Chief Finner to be transparent and continue his review as a top priority.

“Public safety continues to be my highest priority.”

Finner said he will hold a news briefing on the matter later in the week.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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