“The Greater Austin Crime Commission recognized early on that public safety is a community concern. That’s why programs like the Longhorn Leaders are successful. It’s a public and private sector partnership that utilizes the best available resources and improves the quality of life for Central Texans.”
Roy Butler, Past President
The Greater Austin Crime Commission promotes public safety programs that improve the community’s quality of life. These programs have been done with private financial support and without concern for public fanfare. The Crime Commission and its members care about Central Texas.
- Providing Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services with specially-equipped motorcycles to improve downtown, highway, and special event response
- Partnering with the University of Texas at Austin to sponsor the Longhorn Leaders program, which encourages seventh graders to “make good choices” by staying in school, off drugs, and out of trouble
- Sponsoring a Public Safety Series that features public safety and policy experts, such as Attorney General Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret), Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), former New York Police Department Commissioner Howard Safir, and State Senator Kirk Watson
- Working with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to provide protective vests and tactical equipment to twenty-five area law enforcement agencies
- Providing the technology to support the Austin Police Department’s Amber Alert program
- Marketing the police department’s 3-1-1 response systems, which significantly reduces emergency calls
- Providing life-saving trauma kits for patrol vehicles
- Offering specialized DNA collection, homeland security, WMD, and K-9 medical training for regional law enforcement
- Supplying equipment to create the nation’s first K-9 chembio and radiation detection programs
- Starting the state’s first 401K-9 program to assist with medical expenses for retired law enforcement animals
- Sponsoring other youth outreach programs, including the “Do the Write Thing” national middle school essay contest, Kids and CopsTM, and Safe Schools Week.