Public Safety

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 by Andrew Logan

Emergency alerts now available in American Sign Language

For the first time, community members who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind will be able to receive accessible emergency notifications. The city of Austin and Travis County launched the Accessible Hazard Alert System, or AHAS, on Oct. 4. The…

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 by Kali Bramble

Council postpones decision on City Marshal Office

Last Thursday, City Council considered the creation of a new municipal court division that would replace its use of sworn Austin Police Department officers. The ordinance would create a City Marshal Office, an agency separate from the Austin Police Department,…

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 by Amy Smith

Chacon gives progress report on making Sixth Street safer

After decades of discussion about the culture and safety of the Sixth Street entertainment district, a team of city staffers from multiple departments is making headway toward carrying out City Council-directed measures to ensure the public’s safety. Council adopted a…

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 by Seth Smalley

County votes to decommission 48 jail beds

Travis County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on Oct. 12 to decommission and remove 48 beds from Building 250 in the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. The building will continue to exist and be operated by the Travis County Sheriff’s…

Thursday, October 14, 2021 by Andrew Weber, KUT

APD should follow national best practices on use of force and make guidelines clearer, watchdog says

The Austin Police Department’s policies governing when an officer can and can’t use force don’t align with Austinites’ expectations, according to a new report from the city’s independent police monitor. The Office of Police Oversight collected feedback from 1,400 Austinites on APD’s…

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin moves down to Stage 3 of Covid-19 guidelines as local hospital admissions and cases slow

Lee esta historia en español. Austin Public Health is moving down to Stage 3 of its Covid-19 guidance, as cases and hospitalizations continue to decline. “We’ve had a decline in the number of cases, and we are seeing a gradual…

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