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Tag Archives: Austin City Council Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by Jack Craver

Safety commissioners voice concerns about forensic officer’s firing

Slowly but surely, reported Austin Police Department officials at a recent meeting of the Public Safety Commission, the city of Austin is reducing its backlog of DNA evidence.The total backlog has dropped from roughly 4,500 batches in June to 2,535…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Police body cam footage remains touchy subject as court case awaits

While the implementation of a planned deployment of body cameras on Austin Police Department officers is on hold until at least late November, city leaders and public accountability advocates are still working out the issue of how the city will…

Thursday, May 26, 2016 by Jack Craver

City considers providing fire service to Travis County ESD4

After years of city annexations, Travis County Emergency Services District 4 (ESD4) should no longer have its own fire department, ESD4 Fire Chief David Bailey told the City Council Public Safety Committee on Monday.When it was founded as Travis County Rural…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Jack Craver

Committee wants more specifics from police on body cameras

Activists and members of the City Council Public Safety Committee made clear Monday that they want greater assurances from the Austin Police Department that the body cameras the department plans to implement will bring about transparency and accountability.In particular, the…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

500 body cameras soon to be within APD’s reach

The Austin Police Department is inching closer to acquiring at least 500 body-worn cameras, but some close to the process told the Public Safety Committee on Monday that more public input should be sought.This month, APD announced a “pilot confirmation process” with…

Friday, March 18, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

As May 7 election nears, voting efforts ramp up

Early voting on the future of fingerprinting drivers for hire in Austin begins in five weeks, and interested parties are hard at work educating the public on which button to press at the polls.On Monday, the Supreme Court of Texas…

Friday, January 29, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Stakeholders to consider digital billboards

Billboard owners are asking City Council for permission to modernize their billboards by making them digital. On Thursday, Council approved a resolution setting up a stakeholder process to try to reach some agreement about whether the city should allow digital…

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Jack Craver

Immigrant rights activists confront mayor over deportations

Mayor Steve Adler engaged in a courteous but tense public conversation over the city’s immigration policies with a group of immigrant rights activists outside of his City Hall office Monday afternoon.ICE Out of Austin – a group pushing for local…

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Are digital billboards coming to Austin?

To date, Austin’s billboards have remained as static as the code that regulates them. But some are calling for changes that could allow digital billboards in the city.On Monday, members of the City Council Public Safety Committee voted to send…

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Public Safety Committee opts to welcome refugees

In news that will surprise roughly no one, the City Council Public Safety Committee has dismissed a resolution to stand with Gov. Greg Abbott and rhetorically ban Syrian refugees from entering Austin.The committee voted against the resolution and in favor…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Police association proposes SXSW funding fix

Although it is an economic driver for the city, South by Southwest imposes significant demands on the Austin Police Department, which pulls many of its personnel away from normal duties to cover the event every year. The Austin Police Association…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Body camera policies to be scrutinized

After the City Council Public Safety Committee heard from five people well versed on issues surrounding police body cameras, committee Chair Don Zimmerman asked Kim Rossmo, chair of the citizens group charged with vetting public safety issues, to get more…

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…

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