HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (FOX 26) - Hundreds of arrests are made every day here in Houston so how did HPD determine if an arrest was Super Bowl related?
“We looked at different venues, the NFL Experience that’s obviously Super Bowl related, the big street party downtown NRG Stadium,” said Gene Buenik who was the executive public safety coordinator over the Super Bowl.
Officials attribute only 107 Super Bowl related arrests between Friday January 27th and game day to increased police visibility, people behaving themselves and more space for this Super Bowl than in 2004.
“The large venues the open spaces gave people a lot more room to not bump into each other,” Buenik said.
Only 5 arrests were made at NRG Stadium on game day.
In all police say they made 217 vice arrests during the 10 day period but they say only about 10 percent of those arrests were Super Bowl related.
“Only about 21 arrests that we can attribute to having anything to do with the Super Bowl,” said HPD vice Captain Dan Harris.
During the 10 day period about 80 local men were arrested for trying to buy sex from an undercover officer.
“We had several of them turn around and ask are you going to put my picture out on the media,” Harris said.
Among the men arrested were two Houston firefighters, Alprentice Blanks and Yeuy Teang.
Retired HPD Sergeant Wayne Jones was also handcuffed.
Meanwhile precinct 4 deputy constables say they arrested 32 Johns during Super Bowl week on F.M. 1960.
“This is the first time I can remember that we’ve made this many arrests in just a couple of days,” said Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman. “At one point in this operation we did not have enough transport vehicles to take these individuals to jail.”