Tag Archives: Austin Police Department

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City may add as many as 85 new police officers

How many police officers should Austin have? That is a question that City Council members will likely be wrestling with over the next few weeks as they consider the Austin Police Department’s request for 85 new officers in the proposed…

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Record rate of traffic fatalities confounds APD

Traffic fatalities are so frequent in Austin that it’s difficult to keep up.That much was clear at the Public Safety Commission meeting Monday, when a person who had been struck and killed by a car just that morning did not…

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Public Safety Commissioners ask city to go slow on body cameras

The Public Safety Commission approved a draft recommendation Monday urging city staff to proceed carefully before equipping Austin police officers with body cameras.The commission’s recommendations were fourfold: consider any research analyzing the effects of body cameras on police work; devise…

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Body cameras roll through Public Safety Committee

The long march to add body cameras to Austin Police Department’s official toolkit took a symbolic step forward Monday night when members of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee heard unanimous support from a diverse group of stakeholders.It was a…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Public Safety urges APD to wait on body cameras

The Public Safety Commission is urging the Austin Police Department to avoid making a hurried decision about when and how officers will wear body cameras. Commissioners said Monday they would consider adding a resolution on body cameras to next month’s…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Police to enforce noise ordinance during RoundUp

The Austin Police Department says it will enforce the city’s noise ordinance in the West Campus area during the University of Texas RoundUp festivities, scheduled for this weekend. RoundUp is a nationally known weekend of parties and live performances put…

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

ANC calls for body cameras for local police

The Austin Neighborhoods Council is calling for the use of body cameras by active-duty police officers.In a resolution approved last week, the ANC proposed the cameras, citing mistrust between neighbors and police; higher rates of incarceration, use of force and targeting…

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

APD says fingerprints need more staff

On Monday, the Public Safety Commission addressed a situation that has crime scene fingerprints in Austin waiting years to be analyzed.According to Ed Harris Jr., chief of support services at the city’s forensics lab, the city has 1,693 latent assignments…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Police Monitor says citizen complaints up in 2013

The Office of the Police Monitor, which works to improve relations between the Austin Police Department and the public, is preparing to issue a report showing that citizens filed more complaints against police officers in 2013 than in 2012.Police Monitor…

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City considers big tow change

If approved later this month, the Austin Police Department will have a new way to manage some of the 30,000-odd tows it handles every year.Detective Robert Loosier presented the plan for a new managed towing program to the Public Safety…

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Police studying body cameras for officers

The Austin Police Department has plans for its officers to eventually wear body cameras, though Police Chief Art Acevedo says the technology isn’t up to speed yet.“We’re confident that within the next 12 months, the industry will rise to the…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Jo Clifton

McDonald announces retirement from city service

After 31 years of service to the city, Deputy City Manager Michael McDonald has announced that he will retire at the end of December.McDonald, who had a distinguished career in the Austin Police Department and served as the first African-American…

Monday, October 13, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

APD Communications hard-pressed to handle calls

As the Austin metropolitan area population grows over the next couple of decades, officials say city services will be hard-pressed to keep up with the demand. But that future is now for Austin Police Department’s Emergency Communication Division, whose leaders…

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by Gene Davis

APD faces tough questions at community forum

During an emotionally charged public forum on police accountability, Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo defended the department against accusations that officers unfairly target minorities.The Travis County Democratic Party hosted Tuesday’s forum at the North Door after it passed a…

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Police claim no disparities in marijuana arrests

Austin police say African-Americans are not unfairly targeted by police for marijuana offenses, despite community claims to the contrary. The Austin Human Rights Commission met last week to hear a presentation from Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley about statistics related…

Friday, August 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Acevedo predicts changes to deportation program

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told the Monitor on Thursday that he believes the focus of the federal Secure Communities Program could change by the end of 2014. Speaking after he briefed the Council on a proposed new city booking facility, Acevedo…

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council gets update on Rundberg Project

The work of restoring the Rundberg neighborhood is well underway. A briefing on the Restore Rundberg Project’s progress at City Council’s Tuesday work session prompted at least one Council member to ask: Could it be better?The Restore Rundberg Project is…

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Audit finds problems with how APD stores, destroys old evidence

A city audit found that drugs and firearms confiscated by the Austin Police Department are in some cases not adequately protected, with drugs sometimes stored in cardboard boxes outdoors.   In response, APD officials say they are re-evaluating the department’s…

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Morrison wary of adding private institutions to Intelligence Center

A proposal to include a handful of new police organizations as members of the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, called the ARIC, raised a red flag for Council Member Laura Morrison Tuesday.   Morrison didn’t appear to have an objection to…

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Police Monitor’s report suggests profiling, illegal searches

New data released last week by the Office of the Police Monitor show that, based on statistics, some Austin Police officers may be illegally profiling minorities and performing questionable searches of detained individuals.   Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier also…

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