AUSTIN (KXAN) - An independent study by the Police Executive Research Forum shows that Austin does not have enough police officers patrolling their streets.
That conclusion comes as no surprise to Austin Police Department which has consistently said they are pushed to the limits with their current staffing numbers.
"It tells us what we already knew," said Assistant Chief Sean Mannix. "That is that APD is a lean and efficient organization."
The study calls for 257 officers to be added to the department by 2017 when Austin's population is expected to be just short of one million people.
Even if those recommendations are met, Austin would still only be at 2.1 officers per thousand residents, short of the national average of 2.4.
Specifically, the study said APD is lacking enough officers on patrol as well as detectives devoted to investigating criminal crimes.
"You can look at some investigators who are drawing 150 or 200 cases a month," said Austin Police Association President Wayne Vincent.
While both Vincent and Mannix agreed with most everything in the report, they did disagree with the assertion that civilians could fill some positions in the Real Time Crime Center.
The RTCC monitors the crime cameras downtown and in the Rundberg area.
"I would be hesitant to use civilians for that service unless it is retired police officers," said Mannix who does think civilians can help the department in other capacities.
Chief Art Acevedo is currently en route to London, but tweeted about the study during an airport stopover .
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.