Three years ago, Austin was one of 15 cities to receive $1 million of federal funding for community policing programs to lower crime rates. The three-year program focused on the Rundberg area and, as the program wraps up, those involved with the Restore Rundberg initiative hope it becomes a template for crime-reduction throughout Austin.

When the funding first started back in 2012, the Rundberg neighborhood made up five percent of the city’s population but was responsible for 11 percent of Austin’s violent crime.

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