Harris County launches new website to document public safety investments

Harris County officials announced the launch of https://safeharris.com—a website to track county investments in public safety—at a news conference on Aug. 17.

The site filters investments into four categories: community, courts, law enforcement and youth safety. It includes links to dashboards tracking the jail population, data on defendants in criminal courts and approved bail bonds.

A one-pager detailing the dollar amounts behind the four investment categories is available on the homepage of the site.

Perrye Turner, deputy county administrator for justice and safety, said the website will be consistently updated to keep the public informed.

“Safeharris.com is a living, breathing, ever-evolving document,” Turner said. “An educated community is a safe community. It is also about transparency … and keeping law enforcement and elected officials accountable.”

According to County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the website gives the community a way to understand different pieces of the public safety investments made by the county over time.

“Our work is not done,” Hidalgo said. “Everyone has a right to public safety [and] to feel safe in their homes. And that’s why we continue to invest in these smart initiatives.”

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