DA Writes More Checks to Law Enforcement

The holiday season is still a few months away but summertime has been the season of giving for one Houston official. District Attorney Ken Magidson handed out two more large checks Wednesday. Bill Stamps followed the money trail.
Call it drug money, money from crime...whatever you want. The District Attorney's office has a special bank account filled with it. But lately, DA Ken Magidson has been giving it away. Tuesday he dropped off two checks, starting off with fifty thousand dollars for Precinct Six law enforcement. Constable Victor Trevino was ecstatic and plans to order more bullet-proof vests and radios for his officers.

"This one right here. This radio...take it off. This is what you call a hand-held. All the patrol cars have radios but when you leave the patrol car you need to have this with you. And these are the ones that are about two thousand dollars each."

Fifty thousand dollars may not sound like much for a large department, especially since police equipment is so expensive, but Trevino says: "It's tax payer's money. And if you ask a hard working family out there 'how much is 56 thousand dollars to you?' It's a lot. It's a lot to them and that's how I look at the tax payer's money. Any amount that I get is significant."

Next stop for The DA was the Galleria area where he gave a check for 250 thousand dollars to Crime Stoppers. The program that gives cash rewards to people who call in information on crimes. Their Director Katherine Cabaniss was also ecstatic.

"It's just perfect poetry that funds that are forfeited from criminals, as a result of their criminal activity, are being donated to Crime Stoppers to help take bad guys off the street."

As for the man responsible for handing out the checks, Ken Magidson had this to say about all that money he and his department is giving out.

"It's gonna lead to the apprehension of fugitives from justice, and it's gonna lead to providing information that gonna lead to solving crime."

Bill Stamps, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.