Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon will discuss public safety in Austin

Join The Texas Tribune at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches in Austin for a live, in-person conversation with Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon. Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith will moderate a discussion on public safety, police reform and funding in Austin.

On Sept. 1, a new Texas law went into effect punishing cities that cut police budgets. In November, Austin voters rejected a ballot proposition that sought to add hundreds of officers to Austin’s police force. Join us to learn what state legislation and local measures like these mean for Austin.

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About our speaker

Chacon has served as Austin police chief since September 2021. Previously, he served as interim chief of police and assistant chief of police in Austin, where he managed the department’s Central Patrol Bureau. Chacon was also the former director of the Austin Regional Intelligence Center.

This conversation is presented by Loewy Law Firm and supported by TEXAS 2036.

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