Public Safety

Monday, December 19, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin/Travis County Central Health

Travis County Central Health president and CEO Patricia Young Brown joins Austin Monitor reporter Caleb Pritchard to chat about her organization, the University of Texas Dell Medical School and the organizations’ role in the community. Post is embedded below.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Travis County Commissioners consider spending up to $14 million on legal review of DNA cases

The Travis County Commissioners Court considered options for how to handle a review of criminal cases potentially compromised by the local DNA lab. Run by the Austin Police Department, the lab shuttered its doors in June following an audit from…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court considers next steps in DNA lab catastrophe

The Travis County Commissioners Court is moving forward with its version of damage control in the wake of revelations about the Austin Police Department’s DNA testing lab. On Tuesday, County Judge Sarah Eckhardt explained to the court how her plans…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

APD updates commission on DNA backlog

The Austin Police Department hopes to have the backlog of sexual assault kits eliminated within the next year, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told the Public Safety Commission on Monday. APD will soon begin sending 100 batches of evidence every two…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Medical school seeks solutions to boost community health

The Dell Medical School is on the lookout for ideas big and small that may improve the health of Austin’s vulnerable communities concentrated in East Austin. The school’s Center for Place-Based Initiatives (CPBI) put out the call for ideas and…

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Monday, December 5, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Travis County Sheriff-elect Sally Hernandez

Incoming Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez joins Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to chat about her goals for the office, including those that cover its immigration policy. Show is embedded below.

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Friday, December 2, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves Manley to head police department

City Council voted unanimously Thursday to hire Brian Manley, the chief of staff to outgoing Police Chief Art Acevedo, to be the Austin Police Department’s interim chief. Manley said he was “honored, proud and humbled” by both Council’s support and…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Little known on when public safety contract negotiations will start

Two of the city’s three public safety unions are willing to consider a one-year extension of their contracts with the city – but it might not be as simple as giving the go-ahead. Although negotiations for new contracts are set…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Sheriff’s Office works to recruit more women

This month, voters elected the second woman in history to serve as Travis County sheriff. Now, the department is working to recruit more female deputies and corrections officers to its ranks. Tracy Westbrook never saw herself working as a police…

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