Defund Police Leftovers: Austin police shortages leave city with zero patrol coverage for shift

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Austin, Texas faces a critical police staffing shortage, leaving sectors of the city dangerously under-policed. The Austin Police Association President, Michael Bullock, highlighted a recent Saturday when an entire East Austin sector had no patrol officers available – a stark decline from the usual 10-14 officers. This shortage is attributed to a growing population and stagnant police numbers: Austin’s population increased by over 250,000 since 2006, but police staffing remains nearly unchanged. The department is approximately 500 officers short, despite ongoing recruitment efforts, including two cadet classes. Bullock emphasizes the urgent need for a long-term contract with the city to aid in recruitment and retention. The situation reflects a broader trend of police shortages across the U.S., especially in cities that have faced criticism of law enforcement practices. This alarming scenario poses significant public safety challenges, with officers stretched thin, covering emergencies without the capacity for proactive community policing.

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