Tag Archives: Public Safety Commission

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin Police tout results of homelessness engagement program

As part of a new initiative to combat homelessness, a small group of cops, mental health specialists and medical personnel have been taking to the streets to engage directly with Austin’s homeless.The Homeless Outreach Street Team has had a big…

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Safety commission discusses staffing for APD sexual assault unit

The Austin Police Department’s struggle to indict perpetrators of sexual assault crimes could be due in part to a lack of staffing, according to data examined by its Sex Crimes Unit.For nearly a year, the APD’s battle to clear the…

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 by Cate Malek

APD still years away from clearing DNA backlog

Austin’s Public Safety Commission gave mixed reviews to the Austin Police Department’s attempts to recover from the shutdown of its DNA lab and its backlog of thousands of untested rape kits.At its meeting on Monday, the commission responded favorably to…

Monday, December 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Kerfuffles big and small

Behold the future… Rejoice, for this Tuesday will at last bring to a close 2016’s relentlessly sadistic cycle of political campaigning. Despair, however, for the events leading up to it may also presage a ghoulish spectacle of local tactics to…

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

APD updates commission on DNA backlog

The Austin Police Department hopes to have the backlog of sexual assault kits eliminated within the next year, Assistant Chief Troy Gay told the Public Safety Commission on Monday.APD will soon begin sending 100 batches of evidence every two weeks…

Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Jack Craver

Public safety departments discuss diversity strategies

Austin’s public safety agencies are not as diverse as the city they serve, according to a presentation by police, fire and EMS officials at a meeting of the Public Safety Commission last week.“We need to show we do have diverse…

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission deadlocks on new police proposal for impounding cars

The Public Safety Commission deadlocked on a proposal to expand the Austin Police Department’s ability to impound a car when the driver does not have a driver’s license.The proposed ordinance, put forth by the Austin Police Department, would allow police…

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Public Safety Commission calls for $5.6M to clear DNA backlog

The Public Safety Commission upped the ante Tuesday, calling for an additional $5.6 million to tackle a backlog of DNA cases that continue to accumulate while the city’s lab remains shuttered.With a week left to pass the city’s budget, City…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin police short-staffed and underprotected, advocates say

In the aftermath of two shootings in Austin last weekend, City Council should increase police numbers as well as invest in better body armor, advocates say.Those shootings, along with a fierce national debate over the role police should be playing in…

Thursday, July 7, 2016 by Jack Craver

Fire Dept. on Barton Creek drownings: There’s only so much we can do

There is only so much the city can do to prevent people from putting themselves at risk in Barton Creek or other area waterways, an Austin Fire Department official told members of the Public Safety Commission on Tuesday.“Water is always…

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission wants ongoing scrutiny of police body camera policies

Activists and city leaders who pushed for the Austin Police Department to equip its officers with body cameras continue to voice concerns about the implementation of the program, including whether it will bring the intended transparency and protect the privacy…

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Commissioners OK support for more APD racial profiling data

After delaying a vote for several meetings, the Public Safety Commission on Monday supported a resolution asking for more racial profiling data from the Austin Police Department and a more rigorous analysis of it by the Office of the Police…

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We get procedural

Let the autopsy commence!… On election night, David Butts, chief strategist for Our City, Our Safety, Our Choice, said that opponents had overplayed their hand, but he also praised the media for exposing inaccuracies in Proposition 1 advertising. “The press,” he…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s Vision Zero plan begins final march to Council

The city of Austin’s Vision Zero plan continued its final parade through boards and commissions Monday with a visit to the Public Safety Commission. And while some commissioners were dissatisfied with the 94-page document, others had little to say.“About the…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council to take up APD gender identity proposal

The Public Safety Commission unanimously recommended a resolution Monday that it hopes will prompt the police department to reform its policies on how gender is reported in criminal complaints and other official reports.The resolution directs the city manager to develop…

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission debates racial disparities in policing

The Austin Police Department “deserves at least a B+,” according to Austin Police Monitor Margo Frasier.The good news is that not only did the total number of complaints about APD decline in 2014, but the most common complaint was for…

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 by Jack Craver

Public Safety Commission wished for input in TNC talks

Although the issue long ago passed them up, members of the Public Safety Commission on Monday discussed the implications of City Council’s controversial vote in December imposing new regulations on ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft – also known…

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Fire Department says it needs more fire stations

The Public Safety Commission unanimously recommended a resolution Monday that would require the city manager to submit an annual report to City Council identifying areas of the city most in need of fire stations.If approved by Council, staff will develop…

Monday, January 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The elephant in the closet

Must be a walk-in… At the most recent meeting of the Public Safety Commission, members decided it was time to take matters into their own hands to initiate a conversation about Uber and Lyft and the impact that transportation network…

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Jack Craver

Austin police emphasize mental health training

The Austin Police Department has altered its training and procedures in response to a growing consensus among experts that much of crime is linked to untreated mental illness.As a result, all new cadets in the Austin police academy receive 40…

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