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Tag Archives: Austin Police Department

Monday, June 18, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Divided Council rejects more pay for police

With only five members voting in favor of the motion, City Council rejected reinstatement of extra pay for certain police officers Thursday night, dashing the hopes of officers who work night shifts, for example. Passage of any ordinance requires six…

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council confirms Manley as new police chief

City Council unanimously confirmed Brian Manley as the Austin Police Department’s new chief Thursday. Manley has served in an interim role since former Police Chief Art Acevedo left to head up Houston’s police department in 2016.Manley thanked those at City…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Soccer games

Bound for Cow Town?… Another new wrinkle in Austin’s (never-ending?) professional soccer saga developed slowly last week after ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman opined, during a segment on Sacramento recently losing out on a Major League Soccer expansion bid, that…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

When roads are built to prioritize cars, pedestrians are often faulted for getting hit

Part 3 of a three-part seriesA driver hit and killed Judy Romano’s son, Barry Friedman, while he was walking in Austin two years ago.According to the police report, Friedman tried to cross East Parmer Lane just before 6 a.m. on…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council members: APD should not be allowed to sell guns

In 2016, City Council approved a contract that allowed the Austin Police Department to trade more than 1,700 handguns to an arms dealer as part of a deal to acquire new weapons for police officers.Council Member Alison Alter doesn’t think…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Manley lays out vision for Austin Police in interview with public for permanent chief job

A week ago, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley was tapped by City Manager Spencer Cronk as the sole finalist to be the city’s new permanent police chief, and now Cronk and the city are engaged in a public input process…

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by KUT News

Brian Manley is the sole finalist to lead the Austin Police Department permanently

Austin is one step closer to getting a new police chief.City Manager Spencer Cronk said Brian Manley is the sole candidate to take over the reins at the Austin Police Department. Manley served as the longtime second-in-command to his predecessor,…

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

Will Manley be made police chief? City manager remains mum

In spite of the praise he has received from city leaders for his response to the Austin bombings, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley is not necessarily a shoo-in to be the next permanent police chief.City Manager Spencer Cronk is still…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Judge considers dismissing police union suit

Attorneys for the city sparred with attorneys for the Austin Police Association, its president Ken Casaday and police Sgt. Robert Miljenovich during a court hearing Monday over whether the police union’s suit against various city officials should be dismissed without…

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council debates police staffing

At the first City Council meeting following the end of the recent bombings, Council members spent nearly two hours debating a largely symbolic resolution about police staffing.Originally, explained Council Member Ellen Troxclair, the resolution was meant to simply convey Council’s…

Friday, March 23, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Council members call for Manley to be made permanent police chief after Austin bombings

Members of City Council want to formally appoint Interim Police Chief Brian Manley as the city’s permanent chief. If a resolution is approved, City Manager Spencer Cronk would need to make the final hiring decision.Shortly after the announcement yesterday of…

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Adding more cops part of APD planning

The Austin Police Department currently has 69 vacancies, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told City Council Tuesday, but with so many officers retiring each month it is nearly impossible to catch up.In addition, the Matrix Consulting Group recommended in 2016 that…

Friday, March 16, 2018 by Nathan Bernier

From ‘Starbucks’ lines to ‘full-scale riot’: How cops and clubs control crowds during SXSW

The influx of 300,000 to 400,000 people to downtown Austin during South by Southwest requires an extraordinary amount of crowd control, both for event organizers and first responders.Austin’s Police Department uses a Special Response Team to patrol downtown.“It’s just a…

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

What happens when top public safety officials are accused of harassment?

Members of the Public Safety Commission expressed concern and befuddlement over policies that the Police, Fire and EMS departments rely on to hold their top officials accountable for harassment.“It doesn’t make sense to me that the policies are so different…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council reinstates some extra police pay

With only City Council Member Greg Casar dissenting, Council voted Thursday to reinstate some incentive pay for Austin police officers to the level that they received under their old contract. That contract expired at the end of December, after Council…

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by Ashley Lopez

Is it really legal to walk down the street with a beer in Austin neighborhoods?

Colter Sonneville had a hunch that it might be legal to walk down the street with an open beer in most of Austin’s residential neighborhoods. It started when he noticed some big signs around Chicon and East Cesar Chavez streets.“The…

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by Jack Craver

Police reform activists call for city-funded nonprofit for police complaints

Representatives of Austin’s police union said Monday that they’re eager to begin negotiations with the new city manager on a contract that can hopefully win approval from City Council.Ron DeLord, an attorney for the Austin Police Association, told members of…

Friday, February 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

2012 APD bond projects appear to be stalled on many sides

Generally, if a bond is issued with a specific project in mind, when the money is awarded, the city gives a project team five years to complete whatever project the taxpayers are funding. That is, of course, unless the costs…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

New negotiations for police, EMS contracts

Several City Council members, particularly Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter, sharply criticized city staff during Tuesday’s work session discussion of the Austin Police Association contract, with Flannigan and Alter claiming staff failed to communicate as the contract was being crafted.…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Nash Hernandez joint-use facility will remain indefinitely unopened 

For seven years, East Austin’s Nash Hernandez Building has remained empty as the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department have worked to create a 9,600-square-foot joint-use facility for Austin’s park rangers and park patrol units. As…

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