Public Safety

Monday, February 8, 2021 by Jo Clifton

After OK by Austin, ESD vote goes to Travis County

City Council voted unanimously Thursday to allow voters in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction within Emergency Services District 2 to vote on whether to create Travis County Emergency Services District 17. If approved by voters, the vote would authorize creation of…

Thursday, February 4, 2021 by Marisa Charpentier

Waiting for a vaccine appointment from Austin Public Health? Here’s what we know so far.

Austin Public Health’s vaccine registration process has caused a bit of confusion. People have told KUT they’re experiencing technical difficulties with the signup portal or they’re frustrated because they’ve signed up but haven’t been able to snag an appointment yet.…

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 by Seth Smalley

City, county partner up to launch Covid vaccine call center

Travis County is teaming up with the city of Austin to support a bilingual Covid-19 call center aimed at helping registered residents make appointments to get vaccinated. Stephanie Hayden-Howard, the director of Austin Public Health, told Tuesday’s special joint session…

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Racial inequity at APD front and center at Public Safety Commission

Public Safety commissioners took a closer look at racial issues in the Austin Police Department, diving into a recent report on the subject at their Monday meeting. A survey of over 1,000 APD officers and staff about their attitudes toward…

Monday, February 1, 2021 by Ramon Rodriguez

Central Health moves forward with Eastern Travis County developments

The Central Health Board of Managers approved the expansion of its Eastern Travis County health and wellness centers at a virtual meeting Wednesday night. Central Health Vice Presidents Stephanie McDonald and Mike Knodel presented a slideshow on the proposed expansions.…

Friday, January 22, 2021 by Sumaiya Malik

Reimagining Public Safety task force asks for hold on cadet classes

A public meeting of the task force for Reimagining Public Safety reviewed a report Wednesday about the presence of racial and gender bias and the use of unnecessary force in training cadets at the Austin Police Academy. The task force…

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