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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…

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety Commission endorses distracted driving ordinance

Public Safety Commissioners got a preview Monday of recommendations to expand the city’s ban on texting while driving.The recommendations from the Distracted Driving Working Group – formed by City Council in January via a resolution – propose banning the hands-on…

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Mark Richardson

City set to participate in early fire detection system

The severe drought gripping Central Texas brings a high degree of risk for wildfires, and that is a major concern for local fire officials, who do not want a repeat of the massive blazes that devastated areas like Bastrop and…

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety Commissioner criticizes APD’s sting operations

A member of the city’s Public Safety Commission is criticizing the Austin Police Department’s tactics in two recent sting operations in the downtown area. Commissioner Kent Anschutz last week accused police of clogging the jails and courts with people accused…

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety Commissioners voice concerns over SXSW security

In their first meeting since the South by Southwest drunken driving tragedy that killed four people, Public Safety Commissioners voiced their concerns Monday that aspects of the festival are growing out of control.   Commission Chair Kim Rossmo said the…

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Gene Davis

Struggle coming over which agency should lead on prescribed burns

After hearing that wildfire prevention efforts led to the prescribed burn of approximately 200 acres in 2013, several Public Safety Commissioners said this week that they worried that any burn not led by the Austin Fire Department poses a safety…

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Gene Davis

Public Safety panel backs expanding city’s texting-while-driving ban

After hearing the city’s chief prosecutor say that drivers on their cell phones are 23 times more likely to be in a wreck than a driver who isn’t distracted, the Public Safety Commission approved a resolution Monday asking City Council…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Gene Davis

AFD calls for more rescue boats, improved notification systems

Just more than a month after the Halloween flood devastated parts of Austin and Travis County, Austin Fire Department representatives told the Public Safety Commission Monday that more rescue boats and an improved emergency notification system are needed to better…

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Adam Schragin

Public Safety Commission criticizes Special Events Ordinance

Members of the Public Safety Commission, upset that they could not get information on the amount of money Special Events were costing the city, passed a resolution on Monday asking that the city monitor such expenses and seek reimbursement.  …

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