Tarrant Reginal Auto Crimes Task Force
The Task Force began in 1993 and focuses on enforcement, prevention and technology to fight auto crimes. The unit is grant-funded through the Texas Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), a department of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and through local support. It is comprised of personnel from 11 agencies operating under the umbrella of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office. The multi-agency teamwork has proven effective. Tarrant County's motor vehicle theft rate declined 77 percent between the creation of the ABTPA and 2012 . The successful joint C.O.B.R.A. bait car program has logged over 1,000 arrests since 2006.The unit has been recognized twice by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the Vehicle Theft Award of Merit and the Webber Seavey Award Program noting excellence in law enforcement worldwide. It was also named by the ABTPA as one of the top three auto crimes task forces in 2013.
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