Austin is the only major Texas city which does not have statistics included in an FBI midyear report because police officials did not submit the data, citing a lack of personnel.massive pay hikes for officers have soaked up funding for civilian personnel responsible for APD data entry - another self-inflicted wound created by irresponsible decisions by the Austin city council.
Austin police spokeswoman Anna Sabana said Monday that departments are only required to submit crime data — the information is sent to the FBI through the Texas Department of Public Safety — for the annual report, which is generally made public each June.
Sabana said that verifying crime statistics before sending them to the FBI is an involved process and that the department hasn't been able to submit data for midyear reports because of "staffing cutbacks over the past eight years," Sabana said she did not know how many positions have been lost since then.
She said 2008 statistics will be given to the FBI by the deadline in early March.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Austin PD failed to report FBI crime data
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