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Resource ID: #18273
Subject: Police
Source: Texas Monthly
Date: October


Texas Monthly reports on the difficulty of finding a new police chief for Austin, after the previous one retired following an internal audit. A lot is expected from police chiefs in the modern world; they must be "politically savvy, financially shrewd, charismatic leaders with a mastery of public relations and an ability to simultaneously reduce crime, instill confidence in minority groups, keep officers' loyalties and navigate dangerous political waters." Police chiefs are often no longer hired after moving up through the ranks, but imported from outside. And according to the Police Executive Research Forum the average tenure for chiefs is only two and a half years.

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