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"...Five more Parks Police officers will be added to the undermanned Parks and Recreation Department staff, according to the terms of the recently passed city budget. But will there be enough officers to deal with all the land the city is planning to annex? The Parks Police staff has been dramatically understaffed for years, and the department currently has just 28 officers to patrol 193 different parcels of land covering 14,346 acres of parkland and 7,566 acres of preserve land, spread throughout Travis County..."
"...-- A.S. APD Under the Gun The long-awaited audit of the Austin Police Department is finally out of the pen, and councilmembers are getting briefed on the contents. Full public unveiling is expected Tuesday, Feb..."
"...The other candidate for Travis County Sheriff, Alvin Shaw, who is currently serving as Chief Deputy under Sheriff Terry Keel, is also no stranger to breaking barriers: he was one of the first African-Americans to rise to the ranks of lieutenant in the Austin Police Department. He may have similar stories regarding his 18-year career at APD, but he won't share any anecdotes with the Chronicle -- he refuses a personal interview because, he explains, the paper showed bias when it chose not to endorse a Sheriff's candidate in the Republican primary last March..."
"...The budget crunch this year comes in the wake of a review of the city's Electric Utility Department (EUD) and its competitive potential, performed by the Price Waterhouse consulting firm. The firm recommended a strict reduction of the annual transfer from the EUD to the city's General Fund, from $60 million to $30 million within five years..."
"...It's a shame Austin-Travis County EMS held confirmation of James Hawley's retirement until 4:57pm on a Friday. The assistant chief left amidst an investigation by the Austin Police Department's Internal Affairs unit into allegations of physical misconduct and harassment against two female colleagues, one of which never began in earnest because Hawley departed..."
"...• Police: Witnesses were split on the Austin Police Department – a substantial contingent of criminal justice advocates recommended ending “meet-and-confer” (the negotiated police union contract), returning to Civil Service rules, pressing for stronger accountability for offending officers, and reducing the police budget. Nevertheless, a couple of speakers reiterated that 12 authorized officer positions remain unfunded, and pointed to public surveys strongly supporting more spending on police..."
"...31 to Nov. 30, because, although they've supposedly been working on this for almost two years now: "After recent discussions with the Economic Development Department and the Austin Police Department, it was determined the enforcement provisions of the proposed ordinance could not be enforced as written..."
"...The Austin Police Department instituted mandatory overtime staffing on Tuesday, continuing through the next two weeks, at which point the department will "reassess to see if there is a continued need." Police Chief Art Acevedo wrote in a memo to Austin Police Association president Ken Casaday that the decision to shift into "this emergency posture" is the result of civilian-police relations of late; specifically, the five officers killed in Dallas, "the attacks on officers across the country following the Dallas attack," and current threats to police officers in this city. APD Chief of Staff Brian Manley said the latter is in reference to an anonymous Twitter account that threatened to shoot up a bunch of officers on Sixth Street Wednesday night, but that the account was quickly deleted (along with its messages), and APD doesn't consider the threat legitimate..."
"...Ortega declined to confirm that, city legal said the city does not comment on active or pending litigation, and the APA and Canada both declined to elaborate on the nature of the files. Of public record is a five-day suspension McWhorter incurred in June 2012 for violating the department's Response to Resistance policy during a Dec..."
"...John Sisson spent over 30 years with the Austin Police Department before retiring as a lieutenant in 2009. After a brief run as an investigator with the Texas Workforce Commission, he became a deputy in Precinct 3 Constable Richard McCain's office..."
"...This task force, established in 2004 and coordinated by law enforcement agencies in and around Austin, aims to train area law enforcement in identifying victims of human trafficking, and to increase the successful prosecution of human traffickers. The task force is composed of 21 entities representing various federal, state, and local interests, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Texas Office of the Attorney General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin Police Department, Hays County Sheriff's Office, San Marcos Police Department, and more...."
"...The controversial police accountability activist – who, along with the other members of the Peaceful Streets Project, an organization he co-founded, has spent the past three-and-a-half years embroiled in a very public standoff with the Austin Police Department and those he believes to be blind supporters of the force – learned at the beginning of this Thursday’s City Council meeting that his current residence would preclude him from serving on the city commission. Council voted five to three (Mayor Steve Adler, CMs Ora Houston, Delia Garza, Pio Renteria, and Ann Kitchen against; CMs Greg Casar, Don Zimmerman, and Ellen Troxclair for; CM Leslie Pool and MPT Kathie Tovo abstaining; CM Sheri Gallo absent) against extending Buehler a residential waiver, which ultimately meant that those on the dais would not need to consider his nomination on the merits...."
"...The incident prompted civil rights groups, including the Texas Civil Rights Project and Austin NAACP, to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen an investigation into APD's use of force..."
"...Madge Whistler has lived at the Avenue Lofts, at the corner of East Fifth and Neches, for 13 years. Years ago, before the place was remodeled and given its second life as one of the first condo developments in Austin's new Downtown, the art deco-style complex housed the state health department's pathology lab and morgue..."
"...Just over a year after the U.S. Department of Justice closed its book on a complaint about excessive force and other issues at the Austin Police Department, Nelson Linder of the Austin NAACP and Jim Harrington with the Texas Civil Rights Project have asked the DOJ to reopen the case, alleging that excessive force is still a major problem within the APD...."
"...The death of the well-liked and respected Padron – the first officer killed in the line of duty since Amy Donovan was struck and killed by a police cruiser during a foot chase in 2004 – stunned the department. Officers standing in formation and at attention after the church service wept as Chief Art Acevedo presented each of Padron's daughters with an American flag that had been draped on their father's coffin..."
"...In response to the 2010 ordinance, several local CPC operators sued, claiming the ordinance violates free speech protections. The city's legal department is recommending repeal pending resolution of national litigation...."
"...The grant, worth $2.9 million over five years, was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Adolescent Health and will allow LifeWorks and Planned Parenthood to offer "abstinence-plus" sex education to kids in as many as 15 schools..."
"...On Feb. 22, the Austin Police Department implemented the so-called cite-and-release program, which authorizes police to forgo arresting individuals for certain misdemeanor offenses..."
"...What makes Marc Ott tick? How might the new city manager's leadership change the direction of Austin? That's been a subject of keen curiosity ever since City Council named Ott to the city's top administrative post in January. Ott preferred to keep a low public profile as he got up to speed on his enormous new job: managing 12,000 city employees, 25 departments, and a budget of approximately $2.8 billion..."
"...After four days of testimony before the city's Civil Service Commission, it was still unclear last week whether fired Austin Police Department Sgt. Michael Olsen will get his job back – precisely because it is still unclear whether Olsen violated APD policy when he shot and killed 25-year-old Kevin Brown early on the morning of June 3, after a foot chase that began in the parking lot of Chester's Nightclub in East Austin and ended in the courtyard of a neighboring apartment complex...."
"... As part of the city auditor's City Council-ordered examination of local public safety, citizens have one last chance to give their feedback about the Austin Police Department, Austin Park Police, Airport Police, City Marshals, and the Office of the Police Monitor. Austin Listening is the independent program created to collect the public's feelings and experiences good or bad..."
"...But rightly or wrongly, the talks are unfolding under the budget-cinching specter of a deficit. And like the last few budgets ever since the city handed over its own ass in salary negotiations with the Austin Police Department, only to immediately realize the error of its ways public safety has been at the forefront of the inflammatory editorial and e-mail campaign passing for debate..."
"...Former Austin Police Department rookie Officer Ramon Perez filed a civil lawsuit on Dec. 19 against the department, his former supervisors, and an APD psychologist, claiming he was forced to resign because of his religious beliefs after he refused to comply with a supervisor's order to use excessive force on a suspect..."
"...The Austin study showed that PAH levels in runoff were 65% higher from sealed parking lots than from unsealed ones, that PAHs are toxic to aquatic life, and that they're degrading the health of Austin's creeks. Tom Ennis, who manages the city's Watershed Protection and Development Review Department, says coal-tar sealants pollute runoff for virtually the entire 10 years it takes them to completely wash off pavement..."
"...That day, Austin police received a tip that the person who killed Ehrhardt was named "Jason"; an officer with the Live Oak, Texas, police department also called investigators to report that a Steven Duparc (a "subject" known by Live Oak PD) had called to report that Ehrhardt was involved in buying and selling marijuana. Police later learned that Duparc allegedly brokered a deal in which Ehrhardt sold 10 pounds of marijuana to Chacon and another man..."
"...Since the no-bill, the case has moved on to APD's Internal Affairs Unit, whose investigators will conduct an administrative inquiry to determine if any department policies were broken during the fatal incident. At this stage, the officers' statements may in fact lead to some punishment..."
"... The Texas Department of Public Safety this week released a report detailing the department's probe into the Dec. 11 motorcycle wreck that killed Austin Police Cmdr..."
"...Letter to the editor of The Austin Chronicle, The Austin Police Department is very concerned with the article on July 16 titled "You Can't Have That!" [News]. The article contained inaccurate information, which according to the article, was provided to the Chronicle by unnamed sources..."
"...The Austin Police Department on June 18 graduated 78 new officers, the largest class of cadets ever commissioned in the history of the department. The new officers will be assigned to patrol in one of the city's nine area commands..."
"...Buchman could not confirm or discount Culverhouse's story about the officer who failed to respond to requests for help on May 29 "that is concerning to us as well," he said. He said that the department is looking into it, but suggested that in the heat of the moment Culverhouse's friends might have mistaken a security guard posted across the street at the Texas Lottery Commission for an APD officer..."
"...Investigative reports on two widely watched stories about the Austin Police Department come to very different conclusions. See below...."
"...On March 2, the Travis Co. Sheriff's Office and the Austin Police Department each made public racial profiling data collected during 2003, an annual exercise required by the 3-year-old state law (SB 1074) banning the practice..."
"...Austin-based Texas Department of Public Safety DNA and serology lab supervisor Irma Rios has been hired to take over as the new director at the Houston Police Department crime lab, the Houston Chronicle reported on Oct. 9..."
"...The City Council got no free pass last week as it began in earnest its review and deliberations on City Manager Toby Futrell's proposed fiscal 2004 budget. The first group of departments up to bat -- public safety -- comprises by far the most expensive services in the city General Fund; police, fire, and EMS consume nearly all of the city's sales- and property-tax revenue..."
"...But local mental health advocates hope the report will provide at least some impetus for getting those holes patched up. According to APD spokesman Kevin Buchman, Knee has made the mental health issue one of the department's priorities for 2003..."
"...However, while the CRC's other recommendations to the city council have been unanimous, it only advanced ALLC repeal on a 3-2 vote. If ALLC goes and AFEA does not replace it, we'll be back where we were in the 1997 elections, when Kirk Watson and Ronney Reynolds between them spent more than $1.5 million on the mayor's race.Police Monitor In the same week that Iris Jones, the former city attorney (whose department drew up 21 of those 22 charter amendments from 1994), begins her new stint as Austin's first-ever police monitor, the City Council will consider changing the rules of the game...."
"...In 1997, shortly after Kiersa Alexandra Paul was murdered on the Barton Creek Greenbelt, city officials began talking about upgrading the city's park police department, which at that time numbered just 30 officers. That number has since increased to 40 officers, but it's still not enough..."
"...Power Computing assembled and sold Macintosh clones, and was bruited as a hot young company, especially by the Apple Corporation, which hoped that Kang and entrepreneurs like him would expand the Macintosh market. Then as now, only about 5% or 6% of computer users were buying Macs, but Apple's marketing department felt they could change those numbers by generating some artificial competition with Mac clones...."
"...The neighborhood protestors who picketed the site in its first days of operation have gone home. Officials of the Austin Police Department, INS, and the city of Austin have all expressed pleasant surprise at the way the program is going...."
"...Over 400 law enforcement professionals representing 139 agencies, from the El Paso Police Department to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, packed the downtown Sheraton for last week's "Community Policing Texas Style" convention. Hosted by the Austin Police Department, the convention was designed to explore the benefits of community policing, and to share tools of the trade that make such efforts successful..."
"...It happens all too frequently, says Lt. Charles Johnson, who oversees the Austin Police Department's missing persons division..."
"...Until he stopped drinking, Bullock favored Old Charter bourbon. In 1978, he was arrested by the Austin Police Department and charged with driving while intoxicated..."
"...Concurrently, in the Statesman, Eldridge got hit with two pieces alleging serious problems with her character, one of them criminal in nature. Last Thursday, the daily reported details of a suspended Austin Police Department investigation, dating from 2006, into accusations by a 16-year-old Brazilian foreign exchange student that Eldridge seduced him while he was living with her and her 8-year-old son..."
"...What many who checked-in didn't realize was exactly how law enforcement agencies monitor social media. Hundreds of agencies across the county, including the Austin Police Department, use social media monitoring software (SMMS) developed by third-party companies that tap into the hidden data collected by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other networks for the direct purpose of determining users' locations..."
"...In 2013, the Austin Police Department received a three-year, $1 million Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant from the Department of Justice to fund the Restore Rundberg initiative. The purpose of that program, according to its own mission statement, was "to improve the quality of life, health, safety, education, and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood." [inset-1]..."
"...“We do value the sanctity of all life here at the department. So yesterday’s events, as with all of our officer-involved shootings, are tragedies that we look to avoid when possible.”..."
"...Earlier this month, members of the Austin Police Department presented to the city's Public Safety Commission the department's plans to police those carrying handguns after the Jan. 1, 2016 implementation of House Bill 910, which allows those with concealed handgun licenses to carry unconcealed, holstered handguns in public places..."
"...There is concern the meat is not being refrigerated during transport, which could ultimately cause health issues. On Monday, APD Detective Rickey Jones advised us that Avery had been arrested by the Travis County Sheriff's department..."
"...Chalk up last week as one the Austin Police Department would like back for a mulligan. It opened with a high-profile loss in court to Antonio Buehler – acquitted last Wednesday of disobeying a lawful order – and ended Friday afternoon with folks throughout the country learning that one of APD's officers might like to tell rape jokes...."