he Austin City Council will hold its first public hearing today about the proposed FY15 bTudget.
The Greater Austin Crime Commission is urging the city council to support public safety agency budget requests, including fifty-nine new police officers and twenty-one additional 911 call center staff. Please take the time to communicate with the mayor and council members to voice your support. Contact information is listed below, or you can click here to send an e-mail message to the mayor and all council members.
Despite the fifty-nine additional police officers in the proposed FY15 budget,serious concerns remain about adequate force strength as our community struggles with the demands of rapid growth, increasing property crime, special events, and the threat of transnational narcotics organizations. More important than the traditional standard of two officers per thousand residents, is the "uncommitted time" available for officers to participate in community-oriented policing activities, such as crime prevention and neighborhood programs. According to recent analysis, uncommitted patrol time has dropped to 14 percent and is well below the range (30 to 45 percent) recommended for effective community policing. The Crime Commission and its public safety coalition partners are committed to a much-needed discussion about police force strength to keep our families and neighborhoods safe.
Your participation and support help keep Austin one of the nations safest cities.
Paul J. Bury III
- Total proposed City of Austin FY15 budget is $850.6 million
- Public safety agency expenditures comprise 69.9 percent of FY15 budget