Public Safety

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Integral Care set to address most mental health emergency calls without involving APD

Last week, City Council approved an additional $1.3 million for the Integral Care-EMCOT program next fiscal year, increasing the budget for the Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team by about 75 percent. With those extra dollars, Integral Care, the mental health…

Friday, August 7, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

UT incubator takes the lead in health care consortium targeting Covid-19 and future pandemics

The University of Texas’ Austin Technology Incubator is leading a new consortium of more than 50 health care organizations from around the state working to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for future widespread disease outbreaks.The Texas Global Health Security…

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Travis County expands public health orders to unincorporated areas, fines up to $500

The Commissioners Court unanimously approved an order Tuesday making Austin Public Health’s Health Authority Rules enforceable in unincorporated areas of Travis County. Individuals who do not abide by the local health authority’s pandemic mitigation plan may face fines of up…

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

SAFE Alliance reports escalating domestic violence is ‘another public health pandemic’

Between April and June, the SAFE Alliance recorded a 25 percent increase in calls to its 24/7 SAFEline compared to the same time period in 2019. This spike in calls coincides with a reduction in visits from survivors of sexual…

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin police release video footage showing fatal shooting of Mike Ramos

Lee esta historia en español. Video footage released Monday of the shooting of Mike Ramos shows the 42-year-old pleading with Austin police officers to put their guns down, telling them he doesn’t have a weapon and that they are scaring…

Monday, July 27, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Report recommends major changes to 911 procedures

Last week, City Council’s Public Safety Committee heard a presentation on a report from AH Datalytics, paid for by the Austin Justice Coalition, assessing the Austin Police Department’s 911 calls for service. Overall, the report asserts that many of the calls…

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