Posted on November 30, 2012 at 8:12 AM
Friday, Nov 30 at 8:21 AM
AUSTIN -- The Austin Police Department is welcoming 64 new officers to the force. The latest cadet class will graduate Friday evening.
Earlier this week those cadets took part in the traditional Chief’s Run. They gathered at the Fallen Peace Officer’s Memorial on the Capitol Grounds and ran as one down Congress Avenue, alongside Chief Art Acevedo and other department leaders.
The APD is now gearing up for its next cadet class. The City of Austin recently approved a budget granting the department funding to hire an additional 22 officers.
Chief Acevedo requested the funding following the recommendations of an outside agency that studied the department and suggested adding more than 200 officers to the force.
“If you look at where we are at as an organization, I think this community knows that we have been very responsible stewards. We have reduced our overtime budget by some $2 million since I've been here and we've given back millions to the city. We're just hopeful that as the city continues to grow with more hotels being built and more visitors and more residents, as we expand our city, that the department really needs to grow with it to keep our community one of the safest in the nation,” said APD Chief Art Acevedo.
Currently there are about 2,300 on the force, including both sworn officers and personnel.