Governor Abbott Debuts New Texas Anti-Gang Center In Laredo

~ Today, Governor Greg Abbott unveiled the Laredo Police Department's (LPD) new Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Laredo. The ninth of its kind in Texas, the TAG Center will collaborate with other law enforcement agencies to investigate and arrest criminal gangs, organized crime such as Mexican drug cartels, and violent crime in the area.

"Laredo is a vibrant city and a hub of international commerce," said Governor Abbott. "This new anti-gang center will help us achieve the goal of keeping Laredo a safe city. Gang activity is not unique to Laredo—it spans across Texas and is growing more dangerous by the day. Our job is to find these criminal elements, arrest them, and put them out of business."

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The Governor was joined at the ribbon cutting ceremony by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw and LPD Acting Chief Steve Landin, as well as other federal, state, and local officials. Following his remarks, Governor Abbott presented LPD Acting Chief Landin with a proclamation in recognition of today's event.

Funded by the Governor's Public Safety Office, TAG Centers bring together local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutor offices through strategic partnerships and targeted investigative efforts that act as a force multiplier in joint gang enforcement operations. The Laredo TAG Center joins others located in Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio, Tyler, and Waco.

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