The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is expected to resume helping the City of Austin’s police department on July 2, after stepping away in May to tend to the expiration of Title 42.
In a statement obtained by FOX 7 in Austin, Austin Police Department (APD) Chief Joseph Chacon said the partnership with DPS already proved to be valuable in reducing crime and shortening response times.
“This new iteration will ensure we continue that while taking Council direction into account and pivoting the deployment strategy,” Chacon said.
Austin partnered with DPS in March after failed policies in the state’s capital resulted in fewer officers and increased crime.
Upon their return, troopers will be deployed at Chacon’s direction, the station reported, and his strategy will be based on traffic, violent crime and staffing levels.
Texas DPS criminal investigators will also work with APD’s violent crime investigation units to help decrease gun violence.
A member of the Austin, Texas police department stands watch during the Gold Cup semifinal match between the United States and Qatar on Thursday July 29th, 2021 at Q2 stadium in Austin,TX. (Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
In February, Austin police officers, past and present, warned Fox News Digital that the police force was struggling because of defunding during the riots in 2020. In fact, a source told Fox News Digital that 30 officers filed retirement papers after the City Council voted to scrap a four-year contract that the city previously agreed to, and instead pursue a 1-year contract that the police union’s board had rejected.
The department suffered massive budget cuts from city council during the George Floyd unrest in 2020, which slashed police cadet classes and sent staffing in a downward spiral that could take more than 10 years to recover from. Mayor Steve Adler and then-Council Member Greg Casar led that vote on the council, which was unanimous. The vote to slash APD’s budget forced the department to reduce or jettison several specialist anti-crime units.