Houston police cases suspended: Chief Troy Finner expands internal review, reports 264K investigations put on hold due to staffing

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Days after airing his frustration over thousands of adult sex crime cases going unsolved due to staffing, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner revealed other divisions suspended tens of thousands more investigations for the same reason.

According to Finner, about 264,000 cases since 2016 were suspended with the “lack of personnel” coding department-wide. The total is 10% of the 2.8 million incidents filed with Houston police in the past eight years.

About 100,000 of the 264,000 cases were property crimes, Finner added.

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“We are also moving additional personnel to other investigative divisions to address these incident reports involving crimes against persons,” Finner wrote in a statement while also scheduling to go in front of reporters to expand on the findings.

The chief said more than 4,000 sexual assault cases were suspended due to personnel shortages during that same eight-year period.

Finner claimed the label was a code he first put a stop to in November 2021 but then recently discovered that it was still in use.

ABC13’s Neighborhood Safety Tracker reports on robbery, auto theft, and burglary data dating back to 2019, which covers five of the eight years police cited in their internal review.

You can review crime statistics down to your area of Houston through the Safety Tracker here.

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