Chief Art Acevedo talks about 100 open officer positions

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo stands with other members of law enforcement from around Texas to oppose a provision barring officers from asking someone carrying a handgun if they are licensed to have it, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Law enforcement groups from across Texas are demanding Gov. Greg Abbott veto a handgun open carry bill if they can't strip out a restriction on police powers to question people carrying weapons. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo stands with other members of law enforcement from around Texas to oppose a provision barring officers from asking someone carrying a handgun if they are licensed to have it, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Law enforcement groups from across Texas are demanding Gov. Greg Abbott veto a handgun open carry bill if they can't strip out a restriction on police powers to question people carrying weapons. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss the force’s need for more officers policing the streets.

Currently there are 140 officer positions open. Many questions officer’s ability to keep the streets safe with a lack of law enforcement in the community.

“If you know somebody that has a good character and integrity and wants to make a difference, now is a great time to apply,” said Acevedo.

He goes on to discuss the difficult week after the homicide of 18-year-old UT student Haruka Weiser. Acevedo talks about his moment almost in tears on the phone with Haruka’s mother.

“I just believe when kids fall through the cracks we end up having these kinds of issues,” said Acevedo. “Any time we can help young people, I think it’s the patriotic thing to do.”

The Austin Police Department is also actively recruiting in the Dallas-area.

For more information or to fill out an application click here. 

 

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