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Underfunding Law Enforcement Will Put The Woodlands At Risk

What does it look like when you underfund a police department? 
Our state’s Capital City is finding out. Beginning October 1, 2021, in Austin, law enforcement will no longer respond to crimes, including:

  • theft
  • attempted theft of property
  • burglary of a residence, vehicle or business
  • certain auto crashes
  • verbal disturbances
  • a suspicious person or vehicles

Instead, residents and businesses can only hope a civilian will be dispatched, though the police chief warns even that will be limited based on staffing considerations.

Meanwhile, The Woodlands has the finest, most reliable law enforcement provided by Montgomery and Harris Counties.  

However, law enforcement experts warn incorporation would put that at risk. 

The incorporation law enforcement plan, which has been endorsed by The Woodlands Board of Directors as a blueprint for creating a new police department, drastically understates (by many millions of dollars) the costs of providing law enforcement services, neglects to plan for many vital police operations, and fails to address costly compliance and liability issues.

If The Woodlands were to incorporate, the only choice would be raising taxes dramatically or severe cuts to public safety.

“I have examined The Township’s law enforcement incorporation plan and share the concerns of law enforcement experts who have identified critical deficiencies. At a time when crime is rising across America, now is not the time to dismantle your law enforcement.” 
– Rand Henderson, Montgomery County Sheriff
“I stand behind the recently released assessment showing a lack of funding for law enforcement by a future city of The Woodlands and do not see a valid reason to incorporate as a city. We offer great law enforcement services through my agency and the Sheriff’s Department, making The Woodlands, Texas, one of the safest places to live, work and play.”
– Ryan Gable, Montgomery County Constable Precinct 3