Public Safety

Monday, July 26, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Austin announces new policy to release video footage of police shootings within 10 business days

The Austin Police Department says it will try to release video footage of incidents where police seriously injure or kill someone more quickly than in the past. Previously, the department’s policy was to release this footage within 60 days; the…

Thursday, July 22, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Council members seek better system to help troubled officers

In response to an audit that found Austin Police Department is using an outdated system to identify police officers in need of help, interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon told the City Council Audit & Finance Committee Wednesday that while his…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds APD failing officers who need help

The Austin Police Department’s system for identifying officers in need of help and connecting them with support or wellness services is failing both the officers and the department, according to an audit released Tuesday. The audit, which was conducted by…

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by Jerry Quijano, KUT

Austin health officials recommend masking up indoors as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations spike

Austin Public Health is recommending everyone – including those who are vaccinated – wear a face covering indoors as Covid-19 cases continue rising in Austin and Travis County. Local Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes told a joint session of Travis…

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 by Amy Smith

EMS leader recounts medics’ harrowing week during freeze

First responders are still in recovery mode as they plan for the next severe weather event, such as the freeze that gripped Austin in mid-February, and any other unforeseen disaster that may occur. “Our medics’ stories should be heard,” Austin…

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Fire/EMS station construction on pace despite pandemic

In 2017, a service needs analysis of the Austin Fire Department led to the City Council-sanctioned creation of a six-year plan to construct and staff five fire/EMS stations in the areas of most need: Del Valle/Moore’s Crossing, Travis Country, Loop…

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