Public Safety

Friday, July 5, 2019 by Trey Shaar

New Texas law has Travis County dismissing marijuana cases

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said Wednesday her office is dismissing 32 felony cases involving possession or delivery of marijuana or THC, pending further investigation, as the result of a new Texas law legalizing hemp.The law, which took effect…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Andrew Weber

City audit says Austin police could be better about keeping track of body camera footage

The Austin Police Department is still working out the kinks in its body camera program, according to a new city audit.The report released today by the city auditor’s office looked at footage from 151 body cam videos from Aug. 1,…

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin police report shows a slight uptick in property crimes in 2018

A new report released Monday from the Austin Police Department shows crime overall increased in 2018, with property crimes up 9 percent. Violent crimes dropped slightly, however.The report also acknowledges controversy surrounding the way APD handles sexual assault cases, after…

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County changes course on electronic monitoring

The electronic monitoring business just got a little bit more competitive in Travis County. The Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to abandon its practice of allowing only a single company to provide tracking devices to those accused or convicted of…

Monday, June 10, 2019 by Jack Craver

Why does one company get all of Travis County’s electronic monitoring business?

In recent years, Travis County has seen an increase in the number of people released from jail on bail on condition that they wear some type of monitoring device, whether it tracks their location or detects the presence of alcohol.This…

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Public Safety Commission backs adoption of international wildfire code

The Public Safety Commission is again recommending tighter wildfire protection standards for structures built between the city’s wildlands and urban center.On Monday the commission endorsed adoption of a Wildland-Urban Interface Code that would expand ember protection and structure hardening regulations…

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