Public Safety

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Firefighters union meets with DOJ to discuss city’s hiring process

With a potential consent decree between the City of Austin and the U.S. Justice Department hanging over their heads, representatives of the Austin Firefighters Association met with DOJ officials Tuesday to discuss how the decree might affect the city’s hiring…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Sheriff’s office defends no in-person jail visitation policy

Officials with the Travis County Sheriff’s Department defended their policy Tuesday of limiting family visits with Travis County Jail inmates to a for-profit video visitation system, saying that the change in policy was for security reasons and that video visitation…

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Commissioners to investigate loss of in-person jail visitation

Several members of the Travis County Commissioners Court say they were caught off guard Tuesday when they were told that in-person family visits at the Travis County Jail have been replaced by a video system. And a majority of commissioners…

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Civil rights groups: Video jail visits too costly, may be violating civil rights

A two-way video conferencing system that has all but replaced in-person visits by friends and family members with those incarcerated at the Travis County Jail is coming under fire as being too expensive, too impersonal and possibly even dangerous to…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County finds just $4.3 million to buy flood-ravaged homes

Travis County officials say they have searched their budgets, bond programs and possibly even the couch cushions to come up with $4.3 million to buy out damaged and destroyed homes from the Halloween floods.   But it will be another…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Gene Davis

AFD calls for more rescue boats, improved notification systems

Just more than a month after the Halloween flood devastated parts of Austin and Travis County, Austin Fire Department representatives told the Public Safety Commission Monday that more rescue boats and an improved emergency notification system are needed to better…

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