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Tag Archives: Austin Police Department

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

APD makes final push to get body cameras on all patrol officers

By March, all Austin patrol officers will be wearing body cameras, according to estimates by the Austin Police Department. Currently, 658 body cameras are in use; another 200 will be added.“After that, we’ll be looking to (give them to other)…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Jack Craver

Most Austin police officers will soon have body cameras

It may not be long before every Austin police officer is wearing a body camera.Since October, the Austin Police Department has equipped officers at three of its four substations with body cameras, Assistant Police Chief Ely Reyes told the Public…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: APD contracts, the union

This week, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday joins Austin Monitor freelancer Jack Craver for a discussion about City Council’s recent vote against a new Austin Police Department contract, where things stand now and next steps now that negotiations have…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: APD contracts, the critics

In this edition of Austin Monitor Radio, editor Elizabeth Pagano sits down with Chas Moore of the Austin Justice Coalition and Kathy Mitchell from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to talk about City Council’s unanimous rejection of the Austin Police…

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Police decline further contract talks for now

The Austin Police Association on Tuesday resoundingly rejected the City Council’s request that it continue its current contract for a few months and return to the negotiating table.Groups that had urged Council to reject the new contract were apparently surprised…

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…

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

In unanimous vote, Council rejects police contract, sends back to negotiations

City Council members voted unanimously to send a five-year contract between the city and the local police union back to the negotiating table late Wednesday. The contract, which dictates pay, discipline and oversight of Austin Police Department officers, is negotiated…

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…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Homeless service providers say pilot program made downtown Austin safer

An effort to reduce crowds loitering outside the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless has made downtown safer, local service providers say.A 30-day initiative was launched last month to address homelessness outside the ARCH, where dozens of people congregate on…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by Cate Malek

Despite Austin’s crime lab meltdown, Texas is working to clear its DNA backlog

When Wendy Davis decided to find out how many untested rape kits there were in the state of Texas, she readily admits she had no idea what she was getting into.Davis, a former state senator, was first told that there…

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…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Public Safety Commission recommends lights-out for late-night curfew

The Public Safety Commission unanimously supported a recommendation on Tuesday night to end the late-night curfew currently enforced against Austin’s youngsters.The proposal, brought forward by Commissioner Daniela Nuñez, drew support from Austin’s interim police chief, Brian Manley, who explained that…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin helping cities hit by Hurricane Harvey

City Council unanimously approved mutual aid agreements with the cities of Houston and Victoria at a special called meeting on Tuesday in the wake of devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Mayor Steve Adler and Council members Leslie Pool and Greg Casar…

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

DNA lab concerns test Travillion’s patience

Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion put his passion on display Tuesday when he stormed off the dais during a discussion of the Austin Police Department’s shuttered DNA lab.Travillion had attempted to ask a question early on in the briefing but…

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,…

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