beta
 

Tag Archives: Austin Police Department

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…

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…

Back to Top