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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…

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Jack Craver

Fire department touts improved flood performance

Larry Jantzen, chief of special operations with the Austin Fire Department, told members of the Public Safety Commission on Monday that the department was able to respond more quickly and effectively to the Oct. 30 floods because of improvements it…

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Jack Craver

Austin police talk ‘open carry’ at safety commission

The Austin Police Department expects to be fielding more gun-related 911 calls after Texas’ recently passed open carry law takes effect in January. The new law allows licensed gun owners to have their weapons visibly holstered in public, but many…

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…

Friday, May 15, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Zimmerman takes his turn criticizing nominations

City Council Member Don Zimmerman on Thursday doled out criticism usually targeted at his own nominations to boards and commissions, opposing an appointment to the Municipal Civil Service Commission and igniting a conversation about the merits of objectivity when it…

Friday, May 8, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council again questions Zimmerman appointments

Facebook posts did them in.As City Council members nixed two of Council Member Don Zimmerman’s appointees — some citing comments made on social media pages — they debated Zimmerman’s judgment following what they said has been a string of controversial…

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…

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Safety chair questions commitment to Vision Zero

A city planner Monday gave the Public Safety Commission an update on the Vision Zero Task Force work toward devising a traffic safety plan for the city. The task force’s name reflects the blueprint it’s tasked with drafting: a Vision Zero…

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…

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…

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Decredentialing process gets public safety spotlight

Last week, the Public Safety Commission examined the continued tension between the city’s medical director and the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Association over decredentialing.Medical Director for Austin/Travis County EMS Dr. Paul Hinchey spoke to commissioners about the de-accreditation process,…

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 Gene Davis

Suicides highlight rift between EMS staff, managers

A second suicide by an Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services first responder within the past seven months has heightened visible tensions between the department’s leadership and its employees.And while multiple EMS first responders took to Facebook earlier this month to…

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…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety panel punts on Special Events regs

A vote, or more specifically, a  non-vote, by the Public Safety Commission on the proposed Special Events Ordinance proved anticlimactic Monday night.Rather than vote on the proposed ordinance as a whole, commissioners voted only to approve a definition change for…

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Gene Davis

Commission studies hidden costs of SXSW

One day after the news that the 2014 South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival generated $315 million for the city, Public Safety Commissioners heard about the financial and staffing impacts that special events place on City of Austin…

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