APD launches Enforcement Initiative this weekend in North Austin

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist DOUG NAUGLE

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Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin police will be out in force, this weekend, in one of the most crime-infested parts of the city.

Last year, the department received a $1 million grant from the Department of Justice to address crime in the Rundberg area.

Starting 9 p.m. Friday, those in the Rundberg Lane area in Northeast Austin can expect to see six additional officers monitoring the streets. 

“The '100 Percent Enforcement Initiative' will focus primarily on violent and property crimes,” said Lt. Allen McClure of the Austin Police Department. “Other areas of focus will include narcotics, prostitution and gang-related offenses."

The area bordered by Braker Lane, I-35, Powell Lane and Lamar is where enforcement is happening now.

There are about 35,000 people living in the area being targeted by this initiative. And APD says the Rundberg area accounts for about 11 percent of all crime citywide.

McClure says this is the third time APD has done the 100 Percent Enforcement Initiative in this part of town. 

The first two crackdowns netted 34 arrests, 37 field observations where officers stopped someone to see what they're up to, 23 hazardous traffic citations, and 17 non-hazardous traffic citations.

“We believe our enforcement efforts will be the first step in the process of building trust between the department and the community, and will further aid us as we seek to improve living conditions in the area and reduce crime,” McClure said.

APD has not heard complaints that due to increased enforcement in Northeast Austin, crime is spiking in other parts of the city. However, McClure says they’re keeping a close eye on what's happening beyond Rundberg.

“As crime moves within the area we want to move with it, to make sure we're addressing it for everyone,” he said.

Throughout the weekend, officers will also be looking for unsafe drivers and speeders along the frontage roads at Rundberg and I-35.

 

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