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Houston’s police chief has invited law enforcement officers laid off by defunded departments throughout the country to transfer to his department.

Chief Art Acevedo offered the invitation during a police academy graduation ceremony Monday.

“People of Houston, they don’t want less policing, they want better policing and well-trained police officers,” Chief Art Acevedo told a crowd that included 44 graduating cadets, according to Fox 26 Houston.

As local governments in other parts of the country, like Austin, Texas, have considered cutting budgets and defunding departments to reform police, Acevedo noted Houston’s decision to hire. He wants to implement a new program making it easier for out-of-state officers to take positions on Houston's force.