Praise For Governor Abbott’s Call To Prioritize Public Safety

February 5, 2019 | Austin, Texas | Press Release | Legislative

Department Of Public Safety Officers Association’s Richard Jankovsky: “Governor Abbott continues his strong leadership on public safety issues.  The Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association (DPSOA) applauds his bold plan and commitment to keeping Texans safe.” (Richard Jankovsky, President, Department Of Public Safety Officers Association, 2/5/19).

Houston Police Officers Union’s Joe Gamaldi: “The Houston Police Officers Union is grateful to Governor Abbott for prioritizing public safety this session – including cracking down on violent gangs and human traffickers. During the 86th session, our lawmakers have the opportunity to pass meaningful legislation that keeps Texans safe while punishing the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Through a coordinated effort between the Governor’s leadership and the legislature’s lawmaking power, we can create a safer and more secure Texas for all.” (Joe Gamaldi, President, Houston Police Officers Union, 2/5/19)

Operation Texas Shield's John Clark: “The Governor is clearly listening to the community, collaborating on ideas, and leading to make the necessary changes.” “The member organizations of Operation Texas Shield enthusiastically support Governor Abbott’s public safety proposals. Two of the highest priorities identified by our members involve requiring mandatory jail time for human traffickers, and establishing dedicated human trafficking teams in each of Texas’ six DPS regions. The Governor is clearly listening to the community, collaborating on ideas, and leading to make the necessary changes.” (John Clark, Founder, Operation Texas Shield, 2/5/19)

UnBound Houston's Kerri Taylor: “I am encouraged that the Governor supports reform that will mandate jail time for traffickers and eliminate the possibility of deferred adjudication or community supervision.” “I am encouraged that the Governor supports reform that will mandate jail time for traffickers and eliminate the possibility of deferred adjudication or community supervision. Such a light sentence for such a heinous crime is simply unacceptable. Our children are more valuable than that. There is no disagreement among Texans on that particular value. Rich, poor, young, old, Democrat or Republican, we all share it. Let's make sure that this value is communicated in the statutes that deal with those who would prey upon the youngest and most vulnerable among us.” (Kerri Taylor, Executive Director, UnBound Houston, 2/5/19)

Dallas Police Association's Michale Mata : “We are confident Senators and Representatives will rally around the Governor to help make Texas a safer place for everyone.” “Families across Texas should be grateful for Governor Abbott's continued commitment to protecting families from violent crime. His agenda for the 86th legislative session will help crack down on violent gangs, catch human traffickers who prey on children, and help stop drug dealers from targeting our most vulnerable communities. We are confident Senators and Representatives will rally around the Governor to help make Texas a safer place for everyone.” (Michale Mata, President, Dallas Police Association, 2/5/19)