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Austin Police Emphasize Staffing Needs in Budget Requests

Austin police have underscored some of their department's staffing needs in their first budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Austin police representatives asked the Public Safety Commission on Monday to fund the hiring of 48 additional civilian employees as a way to address the department's staffing shortage.

The proposed budget also asks for 71 additional police officers, $1 million in additional overtime money and 26 additional forensics employees.

Chief of Staff Brian Manley says there are current more than 170 vacant officer positions. That's a 20 percent increase in vacancies from the 145 open positions Austin police officials cited in February.

Manley says hiring more civilians could allow more officers to be on the street.

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