City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15
Part II Crime Rate Per 1,000 Population
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) organizes crime into two types: Part I and Part II. Part I crimes include offenses such as murder, robbery, and theft. Part II crimes include offenses such as simple assault, drug offenses, driving under the influence (DUI), forgery, fraud, gambling, public-drunkenness, prostitution, vagrancy, and vandalism. Although law enforcement reporting typically concentrates on Part I offenses, it is important to consider Part II offenses because Part II crimes are often considered “quality of life” measures.
The Part II crime rate is calculated for the current fiscal year by dividing the Part II crime count by a population factor (Austin full-purpose population divided by 1,000). For previous years, the Part II crime rate is calculated by dividing the Part II crime count for the calendar year by a population factor (US census population divided by 1,000). This allows for comparison between the Part II crime rate and the Part I crime rates (violent and property).
FY 2014-15 Results
This measure has an established goal of 116 for FY 2014-15. The result in FY 2014-15 was 90 crimes per 1,000 population – 22% lower than the goal.
Assessment of Results
The FY 2014-15 result was 1% lower than FY 2013-14 result and 14% lower than the average of the last four years. Disorderly conduct made up 24% of the total Part II offenses. Simple assault was 16% of the total, vandalism was 10%, and drug offenses and DUI were each 9% of the total.
In FY 2014-15, APD's Downtown Area Command (DTAC) continued its "Top 5 Needy" program to identify people in daily, severe, mental health crisis who are also chronically homeless. These individuals are at higher risk for becoming victims of all crime types. DTAC district representatives work with several organizations to find proper care for these individuals.
In order to better serve mentally ill citizens and reduce the impact of mental health calls on limited resources, APD and Austin Travis County Integral Care’s Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team have continued their partnership in FY 2014-15 to intercept citizens at the point of the mental health crisis. The goal continues to be reducing the number of mentally ill citizens who are arrested for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses and to allow for the intervention of mental health services.
In FY 2014-15, the DTAC Metro Tactical units ran initiatives to curb underage drinking in the entertainment district. They cited over 120 minors using fake IDs, and successfully investigated to identify two suppliers of counterfeit documents.
In FY 2014-15, APD was selected by the Department of Public Safety to participate in the Crimes Against Children Patrol Operations in collaboration with 11 state agencies and one international partner.
Officers leveraged training in the Interdiction of Protection for Children to increase awareness of opportunities to recover and protect children. Specific activities included identifying missing, exploited, and at-risk children; identifying individuals who may be high-risk threats to children; and identifying registered sex offenders who may be out of compliance. This work will continue in FY 2015-16.
For more information contact Art Acevedo, Chief of Police (512) 974-5030.