In my time on the City Council, I've seen over and over and over again how much Austinites care about public safety. We are fortunate to live in one of America's safest large cities, and people want to keep it that way. I've consistently voted, led and supported efforts to maintain the performance and integrity of our police, fire and EMS departments.
Austin's enviable safety record doesn't happen by accident. It takes money and the hard work of thousands of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and support staff. I'm proud to have the support of the professional organizations representing those employees. I've endeavored to make decisions that give them the resources they need and help them do the best jobs possible.
It's true that we have to carefully manage our resources and make sure we're getting the most for our public safety dollars. We can do that by listening to the people who know best -- the professionals who keep Austin safe -- and translating their best ideas into action to benefit the city. That approach has earned me their support even though I have not always sided with them on specific issues. It's the same approach I've taken across the board - getting the facts, keeping an open mind, and aiming to do the right thing.
Some of the efforts I've championed to keep Austin safe include: