A message from Paul Bury, president of the Greater Austin Crime Commission
The Greater Austin Crime Commission and its business and community coalition partners are urging the Austin City Council to support FY16 public safety budget requests, including eighty-two additional police officers as part of an improved staffing model based on community engagement time.
Please contact the Austin City Council today and ask them to support the proposed FY16 budget for EMS, Fire, and Police. Public hearings are scheduled for August 20 ( ) and 27 ( ) at City Hall, and the council is expected to vote . Contact information for the mayor and council is listed below.
Key messages ("focus points") and budget highlights are attached. You can also read and download the police force strength analysis and assessment study here.
Thanks for helping Keep Austin Safe!
Paul J. Bury III
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> Austin is one of the nation's safest large cities, but rapid growth strains public safety resources.
> New metro resident estimates range from 110-158 net arrivals daily. That's as many as sixty new families moving here each day that need a safe place to live and work.
> While the violent crime rate is lower than cities of comparable size, property crime is 8 percent higher and theft is 28 percent higher.
> Traditional police staffing formulas based upon a population ratio are outdated.
> Police force strength should be based on community engagement time. That's the time patrol officers have for community policing when not responding to calls for service.
> During the past five years, the Austin Police Department's total community engagement (or "uncommitted") time for patrol officers citywide declined from 33 to 19 percent.
> Studies of best practices show community engagement time goals of up to 50 percent.
> Hiring eighty-two additional officers per year between FY 2016-2020 will make it possible for the Austin Police Department to reach a goal of 30 percent community engagement time over five years.
Austin City Council
Click here to send an e-mail message to the mayor and city council.
Mayor Steve Adler
Council Member Ora Houston (District 1)
Council Member Delia Garza (District 2)
Council Member Sabino "Pio" Renteria (District 3)
Council Member Gregorio "Greg" Casar (District 4)
Council Member Ann Kitchen (District 5)
Council Member Don Zimmerman (District 6)
Council Member Leslie Pool (District 7)
Council Member Ellen Troxclair (District 8)
Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo (District 9)
Council Member Sheri Gallo (District 10)
City of Austin
Post Office Box 1088
Austin, Texas 78767-1088
Greater Austin Crime Commission
Post Office Box 27016
Austin, Texas 78755
Note: the 2016 APD budget also includes recommendations from the Justice Department - to give APD a training budget (they have been depending on state funds for training) and enough personnel to be able to rotate officers into training.