Austin police add 43 new officers to force

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin chief of police will be leading a new group of cadets on his annual Chief’s Run Tuesday morning. It’s part of the celebration of new officers joining the force. The group meets at the Texas Peace Officers Memorial on the state Capitol grounds and runs around it.

This year it’s a group of 43 cadets that will graduate and join the force next week, but this is a much smaller group than Chief Art Acevado had hoped for. Earlier this year, he asked city council if he could add 102 officers to the force. He said it was needed in order to keep up with the population growth. But due to the budget, he was only approved for 59 new officers.

Austin councilwoman Kathie Tovo, the lone incumbent who will be keeping her seat when the new council convenes, said she believes public safety involves all departments of city government.

“We typically regard the issue of public safety as just our police, but we really have a lot of different departments throughout the city that can work together at achieving safer neighborhoods,” said Tovo.

Tovo said examples include the parks department working with the police department on safety or programs to help high-risk teens stay out of trouble. The Chief’s Run gets underway at 7 a.m.

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