HPD’s new record-keeping system aims to improve crime tracking

One person died after a wrong-way driver crashed into their vehicle on Saturday in southeast Houston, the Houston Police Department said. (KPRC)

HOUSTONKPRC 2 Investigates first told you on ‘Pop-Off Politics’ that the Houston Police Department will be receiving a new computer system to input calls and track crime.

Recently, law enforcement saw a small spike in road rage shootings and made a few arrests while cracking down on aggressive driving on the highways.

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Since the beginning of 2023, KPRC 2 reported at least 23 shootings on our roadways, where police mentioned road rage as “aggravating facts.”

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Officials at HPD and with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office told KPRC 2 Investigates that there is no charge for road rage shootings. Typically, these calls are logged under an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or homicide.

Then, under the “aggravating facts,” if a witness says it’s a road rage shooting, it will be listed there. This is similar to drive-by shootings.

HPD’s new Versaterm Public Safety System is expected to total $31.1 million.

They hope to have the system live by March of 2025, but will be utilizing it as they work out the kinks.

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