Thursday, July 14, 2022 by Emma Freer
than two years after a series of mass protests triggered budget cuts
for the Austin Police Department, and nearly a year after voters
rejected a proposition to expand the department’s ranks, Austinites
remain split in their perceptions of law enforcement.
Seventeen percent believe the city is
spending the right amount on policing, compared to 25 percent who feel
the city spends too much, 38 percent who feel it spends too little and
20 percent who aren’t sure, according to a June survey of 507 likely
voters commissioned by Notley and conducted by national pollster Change
Research for the Austin Monitor.