AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing its presence in Downtown Austin and the University of Texas in response to a directive by the governor following recent stabbings.
Last week Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to the director of DPS ordering troopers to do extra patrols around state facilities after a homeless man stabbed and killed an employee at a Freebirds World Burrito on South Congress.
There are now patrols within two blocks of any state building in Austin, including the Texas State Capitol complex and the University of Texas campus.
On Monday, UT Police tweeted photos of officers biking on the streets in an effort to keep students safe on and off-campus.
SafeHorns, an organization of parents, students, and stakeholders committed to improving safety on and off campus at UT sent a statement:
"First we are thankful to Governor Abbott for taking action, second we'd like to see this longterm with improved safety infrastructure added to West Campus. We need longterm safety improvements. Students don't officially start back until next week so how long will DPS be on patrol?"
FOX 7 Austin has reached out to Texas DPS asking how long these measures will be in place but has received no response yet.