Dear Neighbor, The City-Community Task Force to “reimagine” public safety has met three times for more than seven hours and has yet to discuss any of the Austin Police Department programs and services under consideration to be cut or moved. The task force is scheduled to meet again this week to consider how to organize and structure its work. What is… Read more »
Greater Austin Crime Commission
The Greater Austin Crime Commission was established in 1997
to support Central Texas first responders
and promote public safety planning.
Law enforcement dogs risk their lives in service to the public every day. Many citizens and officers are alive today because of the actions of well-trained police dogs.
The Greater Austin Crime Commission and University of Texas School of Social Work developed the Longhorn Leaders youth outreach program in cooperation with the university’s Athletic Department and the Austin Independent School.
The Joe M. Kilgore Award was established by the Crime Commission to honor individuals for outstanding public service. Kilgore was a founding director and executive committee member.
In the News
Dear Neighbor, Not surprisingly, the community reacted strongly to police budget cuts by the Austin City Council a few weeks ago. More than $21 million and 150 police positions were cut. Another $128.8 million was placed in a “transition budget.” Did it make sense to cut cops when crime is rising and response times are slower? Decide for yourself.… Read more »
Dear Neighbor, We told the Austin City Council last month that a majority of likely voters didn’t support cutting cops when crime is on the rise and response times are slower. And they did it anyway. Cutting $21 million now and potentially $128 million more in six months. Council Member Greg Casar sent an email to supporters saying “We won!” after… Read more »