Category: Neighborhood Network

Neighborhood Network

June 15, 2021

Dear Neighbor, The community is invited to meet the Austin Police Department 144th Cadet Class today (Tuesday) from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. at Edward Rendon Sr. Park (2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street). Cadets started on June 7, 2021, and are expected to graduate on January 28, 2022.  The mass shooting on Sixth Street this past weekend was a stark… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

June 7, 2021

Dear Neighbor, The Austin Police Department’s 144th Cadet Class begins today. Nearly a hundred cadets will start the academy, which graduates early next year. The community is invited to meet the new cadet class on Tuesday, June 15, from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. at Edward Rendon Sr. Park (2101 Jesse E. Segovia Street). Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon reported to the… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

May 24, 2021

Dear Neighbor, The Austin Police Department faces a staffing crisis. Austin needs to fill vacancies and then adopt a new staffing model. What’s happening? The police department has 132 vacancies with at least seven more separations planned by the end of next month, on top of the 150 positions and cadet classes cut by the Austin City Council… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

May 11, 2021

Dear Neighbor, Last week, the Austin City Council voted to start a police cadet class next month. The training academy begins in early June. The 144th Cadet Class is tentatively scheduled to graduate on January 28, 2022. The Greater Austin Crime Commission and its public safety coalition partners have worked for more than a year to restart… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

May 3, 2021

Dear Neighbor, The Austin City Council will consider a resolution to restart a police cadet class next month on Thursday. Please email your council member and urge them to vote YES on Item 10. In response to community concerns and city council direction, the Austin Police Department has overhauled recruiting and training. Restarting cadet classes is the best opportunity to improve police… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

April 26, 2021

Dear Neighbor, On May 6, the Austin City Council will consider a resolution to authorize starting the next police cadet class. The city manager outlined the steps to restart the training academy in a blueprint adopted last month. A contract amendment with Kroll Associates Inc. to evaluate the training academy is also on the council agenda next week. In response to city council… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

April 14, 2021

Dear Neighbor, Public safety issues are a priority at the State Capitol this spring. With forty-six days left in the session, several high-profile bills are moving through the legislative process: HB 1900 (Goldman) and HB 2362 (Harris) prevent municipalities from cutting law enforcement budgets. Any local cuts in four areas (general budget, officer positions, overtime, or training budget) will result… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

April 7, 2021

Dear Neighbor, Gun violence in Austin increased by 47 percent in 2020, according to a report released last week by the Austin Police Department. There was a 69 percent spike in non-family aggravated assaults involving firearms, which is an indicator of violent crime trends. Gun violence in Austin is up 124 percent since 2015. Two weeks ago, the Austin… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

March 22, 2021

Dear Neighbor, After seven outside reviews and more than a year since the last cadet class started, Austin is ready to restart the police training academy. This Thursday, the Austin City Council will vote on a resolution (Item 37) to restart police cadet classes no later than June 7. The city manager provided an update and “blueprint” for a “reimagined cadet training academy” to the… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

March 15, 2021

Dear Neighbor Austin is ready to restart police cadet classes. On March 25, the Austin City Council will consider a resolution that restarts the police training academy no later than June 7. In response to community concerns and city council direction, the Austin Police Department has overhauled recruiting and training. Restarting cadet classes is the best opportunity to change police culture… Read more »