Austin police chief sets goals for 2014


by KVUE News

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Leaders within the Austin Police Department meet weekly to discuss how to improve the department and the city.

The chief asks his staff to figure out what the city needs and report back. They also record crime statistics.

This year, the department plans to reduce violent crime and property crime, as well as better manage special events.

The chief also wants to improve traffic and reduce DWI arrests.

The department says violent crime is significantly lower, and property crime downtown has been significantly reduced by providing a strong law enforcement presence in the Sixth Street and entertainment district area.

They're also asking for the public's help.

"We're never going to have enough police officers to do the kind of policing we want to do," said APD chief of staff Raul Munguia. "We have to turn to the community to help us. Those are those extra set of eyes. People who live in the neighborhood know what's normal [and] what's not normal."

The chief posts monthly reports online. Go here to view the reports.


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