Police

Monday, March 22, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Downtown Commission hears plans for APD headquarters relocation

Alex Gale from the city’s Office of Real Estate Services and Darrell Alexander from the Building Services Department spoke to the Downtown Commission Wednesday on the relocation of the Austin Police Department headquarters. Gale explained that Council had given direction…

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Review commission works through reforms of police procedures

Last summer, amid widespread calls for police reform, Austin City Council adopted Resolution 95, which is aimed at reworking many of the Austin Police Department’s most controversial policies. The resolution ordered APD to implement restrictions on chokeholds, purchases of military…

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

APD details cadet academy reforms

The Austin Police Department presented reforms to its cadet academy at Tuesday’s City Council work session, moving Council closer to a vote on restarting the academy after halting it last summer. The changes respond to a preliminary report by consulting…

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Racial inequity at APD front and center at Public Safety Commission

Public Safety commissioners took a closer look at racial issues in the Austin Police Department, diving into a recent report on the subject at their Monday meeting. A survey of over 1,000 APD officers and staff about their attitudes toward…

Thursday, January 21, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Videos used to train Austin police perpetuate ‘racism, sexist gender norms and classism,’ panel finds

A panel of community members has recommended the Austin Police Department remove 60 videos from its training curriculum after concluding they bolster racist and sexist ideas and do little to help officers constructively interact with the public. “The vast majority…

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Abbott plots DPS takeover of APD

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Twitter Monday that he had received draft language to seize Austin’s Police Department and put it under the control of the Texas Department of Public Safety “just in time for Christmas.” The Austin Police Association,…

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