Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

Advocates urge more assistance for sexual assault victims

A backlog of evidence going back to the 1990s is not the only major challenge the Austin Police Department has faced in prosecuting sex crimes and helping survivors of sexual assault heal. Advocates for survivors have also said the sex…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Jack Craver

By outsourcing, APD has made major progress on sex assault kit backlog

The Austin Police Department’s embarrassing backlog of sexual assault kits will hopefully soon be a thing of the past.APD told members of the Public Safety Commission Monday that there are 856 kits from the backlog left to be analyzed, down…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission endorses police union contract

Rejecting the pleas of police accountability activists, the Public Safety Commission voted Monday night to recommend the approval of the proposed new union contract between the city of Austin and the Austin Police Association.Both Police Chief Brian Manley and APA…

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by Jack Craver

Commission fails to endorse police contract

Citing a lack of information, the Public Safety Commission on Monday declined to endorse the union contract recently hammered out between the Austin Police Association and city labor negotiators.In addition to concerns expressed by some commissioners about shortcomings of the…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Police contract with city heads to vote

If an agreement finalized between the city and the Austin Police Association on Tuesday is adopted, the Office of the Police Monitor will have more power to investigate allegations of police misconduct and Austin police will get a 9.5 percent…

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Police chief describes new community policing focus

The Austin Police Department is no longer recruiting new officers by promising them an action-packed thrill ride.In a presentation to City Council members on Tuesday, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley described the video that the department used as part of…

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