Governor Abbott designates Soward to Texas Violent Gang Task Force



David Soward Atascosa County Sheriff

David Soward Atascosa County Sheriff

Governor Greg Abbott has designated David Soward to the Texas Violent Gang Task Force for a term at the pleasure of the Governor. The task force forms strategic partnerships among local, state, and federal criminal justice, juvenile justice, and correctional agencies to better enable those agencies to take a proactive stance towards tracking gang activity and the growth and spread of gangs statewide.

David Soward of Jourdanton is Atascosa County Sheriff with over 45 years of experience in law enforcement. He has been the Sheriff for the past seven years. He is past president and current member of the Atascosa County Law Enforcement Officer Association and former law enforcement coordinator for the Atascosa County Crime Stoppers, Inc. He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff’s Association of Texas, and the Texas Municipal Police Association. He previously volunteered as past president of both the Jourdanton Athletic Booster Club and the Jourdanton Little League and is a current member of the Pleasanton Lions Club. Soward graduated from the Texas Engineering Extension Service Law Enforcement Academy and holds a Master Peace Officer license and a Master Jailer’s license from the State of Texas.

The TVGTF (CCP, Chapter 67, Subchapter G) was created to establish a statewide gang networking system among local, state and federal criminal and juvenile justice professionals. Central to the TVGTF mission is sharing information about gangs and gang activity, which is achieved primarily through regional intelligence meetings, training, and the timely dissemination of gangrelated information. The TVGTF has long contributed to the success of gang investigations and intelligence sharing around the state by promoting interagency collaboration with the common goals of prevention, intervention, suppression, and prosecution of gangs. Per statute, advisory board members are either appointed by the Governor, or designees of participating state agencies, and required to facilitate gang intelligence meetings in designated regions of the state. The OAG designee, is responsible for organizing and facilitating four regional Intel meetings per year.

The TVGTF Gang Training Initiative, funded by a grant through the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office, enabled the Office of the Attorney General to work with the TVGTF to provide regional gang training to underserved areas within the state. From 2014 through 2018, the TVGTF has facilitated 25 tuition-free gang trainings, benefitting close to 4,000 criminal and juvenile justice agency personnel representing over 1,000 agencies in multiple counties throughout Texas. Working in conjunction with the established Texas Anti-Gang centers, grant funds for 2017-2018 are being used to facilitate gang intelligence sharing meetings in the six TVGTF regions and one advanced, specialized training focusing on the top-tiered gangs in Texas.

For information about a future training, please contact JCI at 512-463-4024 or jci@oag.texas.gov.

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