Public Safety

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

AFD aims to weigh in on developments sooner rather than later

The Austin Fire Department could soon start reviewing individual development plans much earlier in the process than it currently does.Fire Marshal Rob Vires told the Public Safety Commission at its Jan. 8 special called meeting about ongoing discussions to allow…

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

APD makes final push to get body cameras on all patrol officers

By March, all Austin patrol officers will be wearing body cameras, according to estimates by the Austin Police Department. Currently, 658 body cameras are in use; another 200 will be added.“After that, we’ll be looking to (give them to other)…

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by Nadia Hamdan

With labor dispute focused on police, Austin’s EMS union feels overlooked

Austin police officers aren’t the only public safety personnel without an employment contract with the city. For the first time in nearly 10 years, emergency medical service employees are without a contract, too.Tony Marquardt, president of the Austin-Travis County EMS…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Jack Craver

Most Austin police officers will soon have body cameras

It may not be long before every Austin police officer is wearing a body camera.Since October, the Austin Police Department has equipped officers at three of its four substations with body cameras, Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes told the Public…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Police decline further contract talks for now

The Austin Police Association on Tuesday resoundingly rejected the City Council’s request that it continue its current contract for a few months and return to the negotiating table.Groups that had urged Council to reject the new contract were apparently surprised…

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Advocates urge more assistance for sexual assault victims

A backlog of evidence going back to the 1990s is not the only major challenge the Austin Police Department has faced in prosecuting sex crimes and helping survivors of sexual assault heal. Advocates for survivors have also said the sex…

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