Shaw, who has been with the DA’s Office more than 13 years and is chief of the Juvenile Unit, was among four members named to the Task Force – which is devoted to suppressing gang activity through the collection and dissemination of gang intelligence. Their terms expire at the pleasure of the governor.
“I’m honored to have been appointed by Governor Perry and look forward to serving on behalf of the citizens of the State of Texas,” Shaw said. “I hope that, in cooperation with local, state, and federal partners on the Task Force, our efforts result in safer, empowered communities with decreased gang membership and a reduction in gang-related crime and violence – not just in Tarrant County but throughout the State of Texas.”
Lawmakers created the Texas Violent Gang Task Force more than a decade ago to establish partnerships between various agencies to provide timely access to gang activity information. In addition to sharing information, the Task Force is also devoted to training law enforcement officials in the prevention, intervention, and prosecution of gangs.
In addition to Shaw, the governor also appointed:
• Albert “AJ” Bonner Jr., a lieutenant jail administrator for the Hale County Sheriff’s Department
• Tim Flores, a gang intelligence officer in Harlingen
• Patrick Natividad, a sergeant in the El Paso Police Department
- Melody McDonald, Public Information Officer