Public Safety

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…

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County official says damage from Halloween flood likely underestimated

A Travis County official says that estimates of the damage from the Halloween flood may have been “grossly underestimated,” and further examination of the damage could bring the total high enough to trigger federal aid.   Travis County Emergency Management…

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Police Monitor’s report suggests profiling, illegal searches

New data released last week by the Office of the Police Monitor show that, based on statistics, some Austin Police officers may be illegally profiling minorities and performing questionable searches of detained individuals.   Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier also…

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Mark Richardson

City promises local funding for 115 homes destroyed by flooding

City officials are disputing charges made by an ad hoc relief group last week that funding may not be available to buy out 115 Onion Creek area homes damaged or destroyed in the Halloween floods.   However, both City of…

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