HOUSTON (KXAN) — Art Acevedo is officially the top police officer in Houston.
He was sworn in as police chief Wednesday morning during a city council meeting. Tuesday was his last day as Austin Police Chief.
Acevedo left after 10 years on the APD force. Under Chief Acevedo’s watch crime rates have dropped significantly over the last nine years.
According to APD data, robbery burglary and theft cases are down from 2007-2015. Robbery and burglary cases are down close to 40 percent; despite a population growth of close to 200,000.
“It’s hard to say goodbye. I love my cops. I’m going to miss them and I love this community. They get mad at me but, I have to make a call. We don’t make calls based on the way the wind’s blowing,” said Acevedo at his final farewell to the Austin Police Department.
During his time in Austin, Acevedo worked alongside activists and grassroots organizations to address racial issues in the city. Alan-Michael Johnson, with the Austin Justice Coalition, says Acevedo worked closely with the organization, even doing ‘Response to Resistance’ training with them.
The interim chief in Austin is Brian Manley, who was previously the chief of staff for the Austin Police Department. He will take over Acevedo’s job on Dec. 1. Manley has been with the department for the past 26 years.