Public Safety

Monday, November 2, 2020 by Tara Phipps

Community Police Review Commission convenes

Austin’s new Community Police Review Commission kicked off its inaugural meeting the first week of October, setting guidelines for its activities and discussing how it can help city officials develop more transparent and effective public safety processes. The commission, which will…

Friday, October 30, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Anticipating election protests, Council members ask Austin police how they plan to avoid injuries

Four City Council members sent a letter Thursday to the chief of police asking him to explain how he plans to keep protesters safe during anticipated demonstrations following the results of the presidential election next week. “As we’re sure you…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin’s top doctor warns November Covid surge could be worse and last longer than the first

There is a 100 percent probability that the coronavirus epidemic is growing in the Austin metro area, according to modeling from the University of Texas Modeling Consortium. As other areas across Texas – most notably El Paso – experience new…

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

City prepares to implement new Wildland-Urban Interface fire code

Austin Fire Department officials gave the Environmental Commission an update on the new Wildland-Urban Interface Code Wednesday. City Council voted in April to adopt the new code, which regulates residential and commercial building requirements to protect structures against wildfires. With the…

Monday, October 26, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin Public Health launches coalition to prepare for future Covid-19 vaccine distribution

Austin Public Health is gearing up for when a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available. The health authority announced Friday the launch of the Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition, a group of health care and community partners that will help APH develop strategies…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Marisa Charpentier

Austin Public Health official says there’s a 96% chance the Covid-19 epidemic is growing in the area

Austin’s top doctor said Wednesday there’s a 96 percent chance the Covid-19 epidemic is growing in the area, up from about 90 percent the day before. “This is not an Election Day gimmick. This is real,” Dr. Mark Escott, interim…

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