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APD Staffing Project

Austin Police Department Staffing ProjectPatrol Model and Community SurveyJanuary 2022 Austin is the first city to use machine learning to model police staffing. The Central Texas Public Safety Commission funded research at the University of New Haven and Texas State University to develop a patrol model and conduct a community survey for the Austin Police… Read more »

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19th Annual 9/11 Memorial

The Central Texas Public Safety Commission 19th Annual 9/11 Memorial honored Central Texas first responders. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, USA (Ret), was the featured speaker.

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Crime in Austin Summer 2020

At the Austin City Council’s direction, City Manager Spencer Cronk released a proposed budget this week that cuts 100 police officers. What does that mean for the community? Download our Crime in Austin report. It details crime by council district, response times, traffic fatalities, and other public safety information. Please read it for yourself and decide. Can we afford to cut cops?


FY20 Public Safety Budget

A detailed spreadsheet analysis of the proposed FY20 public safety budget for EMS, Fire, and Police is available to download here. The proposal includes thirty more police officers as part of a four-year staffing plan, thirty-eight firefighters, and twelve paramedics.

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City of Austin FY20 Budget

Media Statement “The Central Texas Public Safety 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… 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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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 »


Central Texas Public Safety Commission

The Central Texas Public Safety Commission was established in 1997 to support Central Texas law enforcement, raise public awareness about crime prevention programs, and promote a cooperative and coordinated community anti-crime effort. The Crime Commission promotes public safety programs that improve the community’s quality of life.


Police force strength analysis

Traditional police staffing formulas based on 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.


18th Anniversary Luncheon

The Board of Directors invite you to attend the Central Texas Public Safety Commission’s 18th Anniversary Luncheon on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Chancellor William H. McRaven of The University of Texas System is the featured speaker for the event, which begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center (2110 San Jacinto Boulevard) at The University of Texas at Austin.