Statement Addressing Civil Unrest in Surrounding Communities
Message from the City Manager
June 1, 2020
The civil unrest seen in Fort Worth the evening of May 31, 2020 has understandably caused concerns for our region and especially for Haltom City, due to our shared border with Fort Worth. Our Police Chief has been in close contact with the Fort Worth Police Chief to share information and criminal intelligence as it relates to those who are ill-intended. Of course we are not concerned with peaceful protesters...we encourage peaceful protests.
The City of Fort Worth has imposed an 8:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. curfew June 1 - 4, 2020 due to a necessity to protect citizens and property. With this current situation, it seems the larger cities are experiencing the criminal activity (rioting, burglary, theft, vandalism, arson and violence). The larger cities are obviously more densely populated with consolidated downtown areas. Most suburbs are not as densely populated and the amenities, shopping and government facilities are more spread out, which may be less conducive for large crowds to gather.
However, we are not naïve in thinking our city cannot also be victim to this type of criminal activity or riots. Our Public Safety Operations has significantly increased the on-duty manpower and has implemented other strategic precautions. These actions will be in effect until the threat to our communities has diminished. We are monitoring the situation closely and stand ready to activate our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) if it becomes necessary. We will be ready to rapidly respond to any criminal activity. If a curfew becomes necessary our Mayor and Public Safety Officials will impose the curfew to protect citizens and property.
It should be understood that we currently have in place an Inter-local agreement of mutual aid with other Law Enforcement agencies and, if necessary, can use that agreement to multiply our public safety response.
I want to thank the Mayor, who I met with first thing this morning, for his input regarding this situation. I also want to thank the Council Members for their continued support and for sharing the concerns of the citizens.
Rex Phelps - City Manager