Austin Police Officials Work to Make the City Safer

Posted by Crystal Olenbush on Monday, July 21st, 2008 at 10:29pm.

Austin police officials are going the extra mile in order to make certain the streets stay safe.  In fact, officials are gearing up to launch the Compstat program, which will help them look at daily crime statistics while also determining methods of implementing more aggressive law enforcement tactics in areas that receive a higher rate of crime.  By looking for the crime “hot spots,” the city plans to more efficiently and effectively assign  offers to patrol.

"I think it will have a tremendously positive impact in terms of efficiency and responsiveness of the organization," Police Chief Art Acevedo said in the Statesman. "It will also be a tool for organizational accountability. If we are going to provide commanders with data, we expect them to be creative and reactive and proactive in terms of policing."

The new program has been in development for the past 6 months and will be started on July 16.  Although the city doesn’t have a specific goal in mind for crime reduction, other cities that have used similar programs have seen a sharp reduction in crime within a short period of time after implementing their programs. 

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