Public Safety

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Council members call for Manley to be made permanent police chief after Austin bombings

Members of City Council want to formally appoint Interim Police Chief Brian Manley as the city’s permanent chief. If a resolution is approved, City Manager Spencer Cronk would need to make the final hiring decision.Shortly after the announcement yesterday of…

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Adding more cops part of APD planning

The Austin Police Department currently has 69 vacancies, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told City Council Tuesday, but with so many officers retiring each month it is nearly impossible to catch up.In addition, the Matrix Consulting Group recommended in 2016 that…

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KUT News

‘It seems like it can be anything now’: Austinites react as bombings continue

Kyle and Joycelyn Olson keep a whiteboard on the refrigerator in their East Austin home. They used to use it for things like planning dinner, but these days it has another purpose.“What we’ve done now is we start to write…

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by KUT News

Secure the scene and search for a signature: How the ATF investigates bombings

The Austin Police Department is the public face of the investigation into the four bombings in the city this month. But behind the scenes, the APD is getting help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

What happens when top public safety officials are accused of harassment?

Members of the Public Safety Commission expressed concern and befuddlement over policies that the Police, Fire and EMS departments rely on to hold their top officials accountable for harassment.“It doesn’t make sense to me that the policies are so different…

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners Court hits pause on new women’s unit at county jail

The Travis County Commissioners Court has shelved for a full year what was supposed to be the first installment of a $97 million plan to build a new housing unit for female inmates at the county’s jail complex in Del…

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