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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…

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…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Body camera policies to be scrutinized

After the City Council Public Safety Committee heard from five people well versed on issues surrounding police body cameras, committee Chair Don Zimmerman asked Kim Rossmo, chair of the citizens group charged with vetting public safety issues, to get more…

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Public Safety Commissioners ask city to go slow on body cameras

The Public Safety Commission approved a draft recommendation Monday urging city staff to proceed carefully before equipping Austin police officers with body cameras. The commission’s recommendations were fourfold: consider any research analyzing the effects of body cameras on police work;…

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Body cameras roll through Public Safety Committee

The long march to add body cameras to Austin Police Department’s official toolkit took a symbolic step forward Monday night when members of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee heard unanimous support from a diverse group of stakeholders. It was…

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Hamilton upset over county’s handling of report

Tuesday’s Travis County Commissioners Court voting session turned from sanguine to nearly sour when a stern Sheriff Greg Hamilton showed up to speak on the day’s final item, a report that would steer more money into an ongoing re-examination of…

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