From City Council Member Greg Casar (District 4): Online survey and community meeting on Public Safety
"We have worked hard to address some critical public safety needs in District 4 with a breadth of initiatives," wrote City Council Member Greg Casar in his latest newsletter, refering to "changing our public safety plan for South By Southwest season to ensure our officers are not pulled away from our neighborhoods for downtown, modernizing our technology so that police officers can spend time in our communities instead of on the side of the road managing tow truck services, investing resources to transform vacant lots with high crime rates into safer public park space for neighbors to enjoy, and giving folks with conviction histories a second chance at employment to reduce the chance of reoffending and reincarceration."
"But there’s much more to do," recognized the elected official. "We hear from our police department that an expanded community policing program is critical for the safety of our neighborhoods. Which is why last year during the City budget process, Council Member Ann Kitchen and I worked to dedicate funding for an independent review of the way that we do policing in Austin, with a particular focus on community policing and community engagement. Matrix Consulting has been hired to conduct this study, and they are asking for your input to help them evaluate the current services provided by the Austin Police Department."
The survey is available in:
- English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HM9DTJW
- Spanish – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PT6FLDV
- and Vietnamese -- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6R6HX86
Moreover, "Matrix Consulting and the District 4 team are hosting a community meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 PM at the Virginia Brown Recreation Center at 7500 Blessing Avenue," announced Greg Casar.
"We hope you can join us to provide your feedback on the service provided by the Austin Police Department. Please e-mail Outreach Director Braden Latham-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-978-2161 to let us know if you can join us."