Public Safety

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

County ready to consider options for designated behavioral health authority

After bouncing the idea around for several months, Travis County is ready to start exploring options to dedicate a local behavioral health authority as an overlay to its existing local mental health authority under Integral Care.The local behavioral health authority,…

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

APD investigates causes of traffic fatalities

As busy and congested as Austin streets have become, drivers have managed to keep the number of traffic fatalities from rising over the last few years.“We’re on a four-year downward trend,” Ron MacKay, Austin Police Department’s crime analysis division manager,…

Friday, March 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

APD racial profiling statistics hold steady despite dip in traffic stops

Each year, the Austin Police Department releases a report to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement detailing the number of traffic stops and searches it makes and categorizing them by race. Recently released statistics show that while the Austin Police Department…

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Council-mandated sexual assault process review comes before Public Safety Commission

After City Council ordered an independent review of the Austin Police Department’s handling of sexual assault cases, the city manager’s office went straight to work. Staffers requested proposals from non-governmental entities with expertise in the prosecution of the crime to…

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

In Austin, violent crime is down but hot spots persist

As Austin continues to experience explosive growth as it transforms into one of the nation’s larger metro areas, concerns about big-city-sized crime abound.However, despite meteoric growth, overall violent crime is down. Ron MacKay, the crime analysis division manager with APD,…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Sendero misses enrollment target but breaks even

After Central Health’s board of managers gave up on Sendero Health Plans with a vote to disband the health maintenance organization on Sept. 12, 2018, a final effort to leverage more federal dollars has managed to save the nonprofit from…

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