As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Ed deals with matters related to public safety and law enforcement, including police, fire and emergency medical services; Homeland Security and emergency preparedness; and the Houston Emergency Center.
Ed has hosted the well-received ‘Public Safety 101′ Symposium where leaders meet with citizens to educate communities about law enforcement. He has also held a series of community meetings in the Melrose and Airline areas to discuss what people can to to tackle crime.
As a former Houston Police Officer, CrimeStoppers board member, and a current member of the Houston City Council, Ed has learned the great value of collaboration – between law enforcement, the community, and government - when it comes to improving public safety. He has spearheaded such collaborations to address illegal dumping, human trafficking, and creation of a sobering center.
Current Public Safety initiatives of the Council Member include reviewing regulation of Group Homes, the opening of the Sobering Center, and the establishment of the Forensic Science LGC – which has created the path to a truly independent crime lab.
In addition, he has participated in the March On Crime Parade in Near Northside with Block Organized Neighborhood Defense (BOND). Residents patrol streets in their free time and each year invite city leaders and HPD to join them in a parade through the neighborhood. The event brings families together and shows them how to protect themselves.