June 6, 2018


Anti-Gang Center To Open This Summer


AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) applauds the opening of the new South Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Center. The TAG Centers are an integral part of a larger network of anti-gang agencies and initiatives cooperating across the state to combat organized crime and make communities safer.


"Directly confronting violence on the border with coordinated anti-cartel efforts is essential to securing our communities." said Guillen. "These Anti-Gang Centers have already shown their value and utility in uncovering and stopping gang violence in the state. I'm happy that we'll have another one here in South Texas."


The first Texas Anti-Gang (TAG) Tactical Operations Center was established in 2012 in Houston through a $1.7 million grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office. Since then, 4 other TAG centers have been established in Texas. Each center houses local, state and federal officials under the same roof, all of whom collaborate to both research gang activity and implement action to stop it. Both the research and action teams have been instrumental; the research team has uncovered greater depth of criminal gang activity, while the action arm has made moves to terminate it.


Representative Guillen has made a strong commitment to keeping our community and our law enforcement officers safe. In the recent legislative session, Guillen helped secure $25 million in funding for bullet proof vests for local police departments, which are home to many officers that deal first-hand with gang violence.


"Providing funding for these centers has been a priority of mine," Guillen continued. "We need to do everything we can to keep our communities safe and these centers are a valuable tool in our fight against organized crime."


The South Texas TAG center's grand opening was scheduled for the end of May and was to be attended by Rep. Guillen and Governor Abbott, but was postponed so that officials could respond to the tragic shooting in Santa Fe. The re-scheduled grand opening will be later this summer.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and