Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by Cate Malek

Austin’s crime lab failure points to national crisis

The latest audit of the Austin Police Department’s crime lab would read as a comedy of errors, if the stakes weren’t so high.Some concerns in the report released last fall are simpler to fix – equipment failures or cross-contaminating evidence.…

Monday, September 18, 2017 by Austin Monitor

The implosion of Austin’s crime lab: A timeline

Click on the circles or rectangles to display information about events. By Cate Malek and Luis PedrazaIt has blindsided Austin’s criminal justice community.What started a year ago as a few concerns over an audit has spiraled into the permanent closure…

Friday, July 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

District attorney isn’t making a mountain out of some mold here

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore is downplaying concerns over the hundreds of Austin Police Department rape kits stored inside boxes that were recently found to be covered in apparent mold. Along with representatives from the Austin city manager’s office,…

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission has a HOT debate

As the city of Austin scrounges for money to hire more police officers, firefighters and paramedics, it shouldn’t look to the tourism industry for help.That was the message delivered to the Public Safety Commission Monday by Bill Worsham, a member…

Monday, April 24, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Activists weigh in on police contract as city begins negotiations

As the city of Austin moves forward with the renegotiation of its public safety contracts, local activists are asking for several changes to the city’s contract with the local police union. The contract, which is negotiated every couple of years,…

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Safety commissioners voice concerns about forensic officer’s firing

Slowly but surely, reported Austin Police Department officials at a recent meeting of the Public Safety Commission, the city of Austin is reducing its backlog of DNA evidence.The total backlog has dropped from roughly 4,500 batches in June to 2,535…

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