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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?

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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 »


Opinion: We need more time to talk before acting on homeless laws

By Dewitt Peart, Pete Winstead and Brian Cassidy – Special to the American-Statesman Updated: 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Austin is normally a civically engaged city. Lengthy, meaningful and inclusive opportunities for community input routinely occur before votes of the City Council. So, what we face this month is definitely not normal. The City Council… Read more »


Central Texas Public Safety Commission supports Austin City Manager’s decision to name Brian Manley as police chief finalist

Business, community and faith leaders praise interim chief’s experience and leadership AUSTIN, TEXAS — April 30, 2018 — The Central Texas Public Safety Commission announced its support today for City Manager Spencer Cronk’s decision to name Brian Manley as the finalist for chief of the Austin Police Department. Manley has served as interim chief of… Read more »


Commentary: Austin is growing. Shouldn’t our police force expand, too?

By Elizabeth Christian and David L. Roche – Special to the American-Statesman Updated: 5:18 p.m. Wednesday, September 06, 2017 The Austin City Council thinks we’re safe enough. Otherwise, how do you explain a reduction in public safety spending as a percentage of the city’s budget next year? Despite population growth, increases in violent crime, emergency… 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 »