Texas DPS troopers to patrol in Austin amid city's police staffing crisis
The Texas Department of Public Safety is partnering with the City of Austin to provide law enforcement services after failed policing policies in the state's capital have resulted in fewer officers and increased crime.
Texas DPS has agreed to provide state troopers and agents to focus on traffic issues and violent crime.
The added law enforcement officers will also provide backup during emergency situations.
It’s a common-sense, practical response to a serious need and arose out of a positive working relationship between the Capital City and the Capitol of Texas."
Dan Patrick for helping to get a partnership in place, and DPS Director Steven McCraw for stepping in to help provide safety to the community.
"I'm looking forward to the collaboration between the City of Austin and the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is a step towards enhancing law enforcement presence on our streets," City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly told Fox News Digital.
I will continue working with the Mayor's office and the City Council to strengthen public safety in Austin."
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.
Mayor Steve Adler and then-Council Member Greg Casar led that vote on the council, which was unanimous.
Council Member Kelly, a volunteer firefighter and staunch public safety advocate, was elected to Austin's city council after the vote to gut APD's budget.
Texas DPS troopers have statewide jurisdiction and have provided support in the past to cities like San Antonio and Dallas to reduce crime rates.
Chacon will reallocate current resources, while also working with McCraw to position DPS troopers throughout the large and growing city.