Austin Police Department Staffing ProjectPatrol Model and Community SurveyJanuary 2022 Austin is the first city to use machine learning to model police staffing. The Greater Austin Crime Commission funded research at the University of New Haven and Texas State University to develop a patrol model and conduct a community survey for the Austin Police Department.… Read more »
Dear Neighbor, Joseph Chacon will be the next chief of the Austin Police Department. City Manager Spencer Cronk announced the decision today after a national search to replace former Chief Brian Manley, who retired in March. The Austin City Council is expected to ratify the choice at its regular meeting on September 30. Joe is the police… Read more »
The Greater Austin Crime Commission 19th Annual 9/11 Memorial honored Central Texas first responders. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA (Ret), was the featured speaker.
At the Austin City Council’s direction, City Manager Spencer Cronk released a proposed budget this week that cuts 100 police officers. What does that mean for the community? Download our Crime in Austin report. It details crime by council district, response times, traffic fatalities, and other public safety information. Please read it for yourself and decide. Can we afford to cut cops?
A detailed spreadsheet analysis of the proposed FY20 public safety budget for EMS, Fire, and Police is available to download here. The proposal includes thirty more police officers as part of a four-year staffing plan, thirty-eight firefighters, and twelve paramedics.
Media Statement “The Greater Austin Crime Commission is encouraged by the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget that includes 30 more police officers as part of a four-year staffing plan, 32 firefighters for a new Del Valle station and 12 paramedics. We commend City Manager Spencer Cronk for his commitment to the community’s priorities and public… Read more »
Warning signs show Austin is falling further behind when it comes to public safety resources. Despite increases in auto theft and homicides, lagging emergency response times, population growth, and the recommendations of taxpayer-funded staffing studies, the Austin Police Department is hundreds of officers short. Click HERE to join the Neighborhood Network and urge city leaders… Read more »
Since 2012, three Austin Police Department staffing studies have recommended adding patrol positions. Copies of the reports (2012 PERF, 2015 GACC, and 2016 Matrix) and a transcript of the 2016 Matrix Group presentation to the Austin City Council are available below. A complete copy of the 2016 Matrix analysis and recommendations (12MB) is available here. 2012 PERF… Read more »
The Greater Austin Crime Commission was established in 1997 to support Central Texas law enforcement, raise public awareness about crime prevention programs, and promote a cooperative and coordinated community anti-crime effort. The Crime Commission promotes public safety programs that improve the community’s quality of life.
Traditional police staffing formulas based on a population ratio are outdated. Police force strength should be based on community engagement time. That’s the time patrol officers have for community policing when not responding to calls for service.