Tag Archives: Austin City Council Public Safety Committee

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…

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…

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…

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, KUT

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;…

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…

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