Austin Police Chief Brian Manley speaking to defendants of Judge Mueller's teen court.

Chief Brian Manley spoke to the defendants of Judge Mueller's teen court October 25th. He wasn't there to testify in a case or in response to a subpoena. This time he wasn't there to support fellow law enforcement.

Today Chief Manley came to offer support to the forty-five probationers in Project Engage. It's fair to say that his message wasn't necessarily what the teen youth offenders expected to hear from APD's top Cop, perhaps that's one of the reasons it was so powerful. The Chief applauded his teen youth offender audience for choosing the harder, more rigorous probation of Project Engage over a standard sentence and sure conviction.

Lawyers, probation officers and court personnel all agreed that what the Chief said that seemed to resonate most, was when he encouraged his probationer audience to "finish" what they started. He urged them to complete the terms of their probation and closed by thanking them warmly for the hundreds of hours of community service they were giving back to the community.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley speaking to defendants of Judge Mueller's teen court.
Judge Brandy Mueller and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley