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Voices of Austin is dedicated to educating the public, so Austinites can make informed decisions. Here are some important facts.
Despite the lockdown, our community experienced a crime wave during the first half of this year:

Murder increased by 64%
Statutory rape is up 50%
Auto theft increased by 30%
Building thefts are up 24%
Robberies increased by 16%
Aggravated assaults are up 14%
Arson increased by 9%
Burglaries are up 8%

The Greater Austin Crime Commission released a Crime in Austin report. Citywide, aggravated assaults and individual robberies were up last year. Response times are slower, and traffic fatalities increased. Does it make sense to cut cops in a rapidly growing city?
Despite these statistics, our city council voted to cut $150 million from the Austin Police Department’s budget.

Spending less on public safety does not equate to keeping our city safe.

  • 911 Call Center – $17.7 million
  • Forensic Sciences – $12.7 million
  • Support Services – $14.1 million
  • Community Partnerships – $2.5 million
  • Victims Services – $3.1 million
  • Internal Affairs – $4.5 million
  • Special Investigations – $1.8 million
  • Special Events – $4.4 million
  • Mounted Patrol – $2.1 million
  • Traffic Enforcement – $18.4 million
  • Austin Regional Intelligence Center – $2 million
  • Park Police – $5.8 million
  • Lake Patrol – $1.4 million
  • Organized Crime/K-9 – $1.2 million
  • Nuisance Abatement – $312,000
  • Canceling 3 Cadet Classes – $2.2 million this year
  • Officer Overtime – $2.8 million
  • License Plate Readers – $133,000

Source: KVUE: “City council votes to slash $150 million from Austin Police Department, approves city budget”





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