Join the conversation about Reimagining Public Safety in Austin
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As the City explores ways to transform the public safety experience in Austin, your input is critically important to ensuring that policing meets the needs of all our residents.
UPDATE: Austin's Next Police Chief - Candidate Forum Recordings Available
The Candidate Forums concluded on 8/19/21 and the input opportunity ended on 8/22/21, but you may still view recorded versions of both forums on the City's Facebook page (no account needed) by clicking here.
Background: City of Austin identifies top three finalists for Austin’s next Chief of Police
Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has announced the top three finalists for the Chief of Police position out of a field of 46 applicants.
In July, seven candidates were interviewed by three panels which included Community Stakeholders, Law Enforcement Partners, and City of Austin Executives. After consideration and feedback from the panels, City Manager Cronk has identified the following finalists:
- Joseph Chacon, Interim Chief of Police, Austin Police Department
- Avery L. Moore, Assistant Chief, Dallas Police Department
- Emada E. Tingirides, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
“I am confident these finalists will help the City of Austin cultivate relationships with our community, accomplish the City Council’s goals, and continue the progress of reimagining public safety in Austin,” said Cronk.
The City Manager hopes to announce a new Chief of Police before the end of September.
You can view the complete press release which includes candidate bios by clicking here.
Initial Results of Community Engagement Now Available
Since September 2020, RPS has offered residents a variety of ways to provide their thoughts, ranging from online surveys to community conversations. 311 provided a phone option as well. Nearly 1,000 residents and community members have provided feedback up to now. The initial data has been analyzed, and the results are available.
Ongoing ways to share your thoughts and ideas
While the first round of community conversations has ended, you can still provide feedback directly to your council district office or the RPS team. We’ll continue to gather input throughout the Reimagining Public Safety process and will include that feedback in future updates to City leadership.