Category: Neighborhood Network

Neighborhood Network

July 18, 2022

Dear Neighbor, After two rewarding years, my term as the twelfth president of the Greater Austin Crime Commission recently ended. Board members elected Eddie Margain to lead the organization in its twenty-fifth year, and a future focused on public safety training resources. Eddie and his family have made Austin their home for more than a decade. He… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

March 23, 2022

Dear Neighbor, The Austin Police Department’s 145th cadet class starts Monday. More than eighty are expected to begin the training academy. A transitional training program for current police officers is scheduled for July and another regular academy for the fall. The Austin Police Department has 195 operational vacancies. The first phase of an Austin Police Department staffing research project… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

February 22, 2022

Dear Neighbor, Last week, Travis County District Attorney José Garza announced felony indictments against nineteen Austin police officers related to the riots during the summer of 2020. The charges carry prison sentences of five to ninety-nine years or life. There are legitimate questions about what evidence was presented to the grand jury. To ensure public confidence in the… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

February 16, 2022

Dear Neighbor, Since the Austin Police Department patrol staffing model was released last month, the Greater Austin Crime Commission has met with city council members and community groups to review the research. The Austin Chamber of Commerce board voted unanimously to support the patrol staffing model recommendations. The second research phase is underway to model administrative and specialized units, including… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

January 28, 2022

Dear Neighbor, The Austin Police Department’s 144th Cadet Class graduates today. The ceremony will be broadcast and livestreamed on ATXN beginning at 2:00 p.m. Admiral Bob Inman (USN, Ret), a former Crime Commission president, is the featured speaker, and I will present the Honor Cadet award. Media coverage of the Austin Police Department patrol staffing model funded by the Greater… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

January 11, 2022

Dear Neighbor, The Greater Austin Crime Commission turns twenty-five this year. Since 1997, we’ve supported Central Texas first responders and promoted public safety planning. Our silver anniversary begins with a groundbreaking police staffing project announced today by Police Chief Joseph Chacon. Austin is the first city to use machine learning to model police staffing. The Greater Austin Crime Commission… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

November 17, 2021

Dear Neighbor, I’m thankful for the dedicated first responders that keep our businesses, churches, neighborhoods, and schools safe. As we look ahead to a new year, the Greater Austin Crime Commission is focused on the future. We’ll work on patrol staffing, long-term budget planning, and EMS, fire, and police contracts. When the Austin City Council voted… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

September 22, 2021

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 »

Neighborhood Network

August 16, 2021

Dear Neighbor, Last week, the Austin City Council unanimously approved the fiscal year 2022 budget that includes funding for two police cadet classes. A budget rider sponsored by Council Member Mackenzie Kelly was also adopted that authorizes the city manager to schedule a third modified class for currently licensed peace officers if funding is available. A commitment to future cadet classes… Read more »

Neighborhood Network

August 9, 2021

Dear Neighbor, Austin City Council will begin fiscal year 2021-22 budget adoption on Wednesday. City Manager Spencer Cronk proposed a budget that includes two police cadet classes next year. Restarting the training academy this summer and funding two cadet classes next year are necessary steps to improve the police staffing crisis. At least 174 vacancies are expected by… Read more »