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Friday, April 1, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Officials reflect on safety at SXSW 2016

This year’s South by Southwest festival was one of the safest yet, say SXSW and public safety officials, thanks to overtime funding that allowed Austin Police Department officers to fill festival staffing spots internally. Overall, the number of festival-related arrests…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

500 body cameras soon to be within APD’s reach

The Austin Police Department is inching closer to acquiring at least 500 body-worn cameras, but some close to the process told the Public Safety Committee on Monday that more public input should be sought.This month, APD announced a “pilot confirmation process” with…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

As APD tests out body cameras, state eyes in-house data storage

Local police agencies outfitting their officers with body cameras may have the option to store their data with the state. On Monday, Dale Richardson, chief operating officer of the Texas Department of Information Resources, told members of the House Select…

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jack Craver

Austin police emphasize mental health training

The Austin Police Department has altered its training and procedures in response to a growing consensus among experts that much of crime is linked to untreated mental illness.As a result, all new cadets in the Austin police academy receive 40…

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City releases police body camera solicitation

The Austin Police Department moved closer to kicking off its highly anticipated body camera pilot program on Monday, when the city quietly released a solicitation for contract bids online.The contracts would be for the “purchase, implementation, and support” of the…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Police association proposes SXSW funding fix

Although it is an economic driver for the city, South by Southwest imposes significant demands on the Austin Police Department, which pulls many of its personnel away from normal duties to cover the event every year. The Austin Police Association…

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