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19 Feb
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Billboard Campaign Targets Missing Children

Next time you pass a billboard, pay attention. You may just change someone’s life.

The Texas Center for the Missing and Clear Channel Outdoor launched a new billboard campaign in February to generate leads in the cases of missing Texans. Every month, billboards across the state will feature the photo and information of a different missing person.

This month’s campaign will focus on Alexandria (Ali) Lowitzer, who disappeared in 2010 at the age of 16. Lowitzer’s photo will be broadcast on digital billboards throughout the state more than 1,200 times per day for a month.

This effort is part of a longtime partnership between the Texas Center for the Missing and the outdoor advertising industry. The Texas Department of Public Safety Missing Persons Clearinghouse received 55,346 missing person reports in 2017, 41,893 of which were juveniles.

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19 Feb
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New Joint Processing Center Opens

Harris County and the City of Houston recently opened the Harris County/City of Houston Joint Processing Center (JPC), a facility that combines four different jail operations under one roof.

The new facility will expedite inmate booking and allow officers with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to share resources.

Previously, Houston police booked suspects at two city jails and then transferred them within 48 hours to the Harris County Jail. The new facility frees up to 100 officers from jail duty and is projected to save more than $4 million in operating costs, according to a 2013 report on the JPC by Harris County and the City of Houston.

“This streamlined, expedited booking process is a true game-changer for Harris County law enforcement families,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Every minute an officer spends escorting a prisoner through the intake process is another minute that they’re off the street keeping our neighborhood safe.”

During the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that many people brought into the processing center need services such as mental health care, medical treatment, or detox, not jail. The new facility will provide the resources necessary to assess and divert these individuals to the appropriate service, he said.

The three-story facility spans 246,000 square feet and includes a digital booking system, county and municipal courtrooms, inmate holding cells, dormitories, and a clinic. Additionally, the facility will include diversion and re-entry programs that provide alternatives to incarceration.

The city and county both contributed to the facility’s construction. Bond funds for the $82 million facility were approved by county voters in 2013. The facility is located north of Buffalo Bayou downtown and near the county’s Baker Street Jail.

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19 Feb
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C-SPAN Bus Tour Makes Stop in Precinct 4

How do you communicate the American political process to the next generation? From aboard a 45-foot bus!

The C-SPAN Bus recently visited Spring ISD’s Twin Creeks Middle School as part of its eight-state Southern Swing tour to connect students with online educational resources, local speakers, and digital technology.

“I was asked to come here not to talk about what a good government group I am a part of, but to talk about what it is to be an American,” Cagle told students during his two-hour visit to Twin Creeks.

Cagle has served as county commissioner for Harris County Precinct 4 since 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. He currently represents almost 1.3 million residents. During his two-hour visit, Cagle spoke to students about his role as a county commissioner and on what it means to be an American.

“If you go back to the Declaration of Independence and what was going on during that time period, you’ll find some really cool things that were there,” said Cagle. “For me, it encapsulates why I’m proud to be an American.”

The C-SPAN Bus program was created in 1993 and has traveled throughout the country visiting schools, political events, book festivals, and state capitals. Spring ISD is one of the first stops for the program this year.

“It is important for students to know about the nation they live in and their responsibilities as citizens when they grow up,” said Twin Creeks social studies teacher Eboni Jenerette. “This gives them exposure to how the government works and functions beyond the classroom.”

Students also used their time on the bus to learn more about how C-SPAN functions through its programming, including hands-on interactive stations and 360-degree videos with a variety of subjects relating to public affairs.

“This visit to Twin Creeks is very relevant and hands-on for our students,” said Twin Creeks Principal Kenisha Williams. “With history, it’s a lot of facts to remember, so for students that are engaged and able to have these hands-on experiences, it is very powerful. History unfolds daily, and our students will be able to make those connections to the things they are learning in the classroom.”

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01 Feb
By: Communications 0

Help4Hunger Food Distribution Event

Individuals and families needing food assistance are invited to a special food distribution event Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road in Houston.

“We stand ready to distribute food to whoever needs assistance,” said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “Although the food drive will help those affected by the government shutdown, I invite everyone in need to apply.”

Registration is required at https://bit.ly/2WlD9l0 or by calling 713-274-4050.

Mangum-Howell Center is a Precinct 4 community center located in Doss Park, 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-591-7830 or visit www.hcp4.net/ccenters. Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents.

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01 Feb
By: HCP4 Admin 0

Help4Hunger Food Distribution Event

Individuals and families needing food assistance are invited to a special food distribution event Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road in Houston.

“We stand ready to distribute food to whoever needs assistance,” said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. “Although the food drive will help those affected by the government shutdown, I invite everyone in need to apply.”

Registration is required at https://bit.ly/2WlD9l0 or by calling 713-274-4050.

Mangum-Howell Center is a Precinct 4 community center located in Doss Park, 2500 Frick Road, Houston 77038. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding classes or other Center programs, please call 281-591-7830 or visit www.hcp4.net/ccenters. Mangum-Howell Center’s free intergenerational programs are part of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle’s educational and recreational commitment to Harris County residents.

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