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City of Austin FY20 Budget

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 »

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Join the Neighborhood Network

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 »

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Opinion: We need more time to talk before acting on homeless laws

By Dewitt Peart, Pete Winstead and Brian Cassidy – Special to the American-Statesman Updated: 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Austin is normally a civically engaged city. Lengthy, meaningful and inclusive opportunities for community input routinely occur before votes of the City Council. So, what we face this month is definitely not normal. The City Council… Read more »

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Greater Austin Crime Commission alarmed by early city budget proposal

Police staffing plan recommends 56 new officers in 2019, but an early budget proposal includes funding for only 15 cops AUSTIN, Texas – The Greater Austin Crime Commission expressed alarm today that an early city budget proposal adds only 15 police officers, despite a five-year staffing plan that recommends 56 more positions in 2019. City Manager Spencer… Read more »

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Greater Austin Crime Commission supports Austin City Manager’s decision to name Brian Manley as police chief finalist

Business, community and faith leaders praise interim chief’s experience and leadership AUSTIN, TEXAS — April 30, 2018 — The Greater Austin Crime Commission announced its support today for City Manager Spencer Cronk’s decision to name Brian Manley as the finalist for chief of the Austin Police Department. Manley has served as interim chief of police… Read more »

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Commentary: Austin is growing. Shouldn’t our police force expand, too?

By Elizabeth Christian and David L. Roche – Special to the American-Statesman Updated: 5:18 p.m. Wednesday, September 06, 2017 The Austin City Council thinks we’re safe enough. Otherwise, how do you explain a reduction in public safety spending as a percentage of the city’s budget next year? Despite population growth, increases in violent crime, emergency… Read more »

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Austin Police Staffing Studies

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 »

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Fund Public Safety First

By David L. Roche – Special to the American-Statesman Posted: 11:51 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016 The Dallas shootings are a stark reminder of the risks police officers face every day to keep us safe. Our dedicated public safety professionals deserve the support of a thankful community and the resources to do their jobs. As… Read more »