4th Qtr Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Abel's North Conference Rm, 4001 W Parmer Ln (Adam)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Guerrero-Thompson Elementary, 102 East Rundberg Ln.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin city council is looking to issue 500 body cameras to officers next year as part of the 2016 budget. Right now, council members are going through the budget, but one item everyone is in support of is body cameras.
“I think accountability and transparency are really the keys to increasing public trust between community and law enforcement,” said Margo Frasier, the city of Austin Police Monitor. “What we see happen so often is that we’ve had incidents, where we’ve had some in this city, we don’t know for certain what would happen because there is nothing captured on audio and certainly not on video.”
While cameras are important, please remember this the first time that the APD budget includes the Department of Justice's recommendation for a training budget. APD has always relied on the state to help pay for its training budget--and those funds have been drying up. It's past time to listen to DOJ and also make sure Austin's police officers are also trained.
If you want to write City Council about either the budget or body cameras, you can all of them by clicking here:
“They’re making a concerned effort to improve this area and people are noticing that and people do feel better about coming down the street, knowing there’s somebody else watching them,” said Jerome Horton, a longtime resident.
A mile over, Miguel Paniagua has lived here 19 of his 21 years. It may be the best he’s seen. “I’ve seen improvements with children feeling a little more free around here. I know parents are letting them get out more, stay out a little later,” said Paniagua.
Data shows crime has dropped in the Rundberg area by 10 percent.
The next meeting for the Restore Rundberg Team will be held on Thursday, June 25 from 7-9 p.m. at 1607 Colony Creek Dr.
If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, or Toyota, you may be affected by a recall on airbags. The recall affects nearly 34 million vehicles in the U.S.
If your vehicle is manufactured by the brands listed above use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) VIN search tool:
or a specific vehicle-maker's site:
to confirm if you are affected by the recall. If your vehicle is listed, contact the manufacturer to find out when you can get your vehicle fixed and at no cost to you.
You can also continue to check for updates on this recall or subscribe to NHTSA's Recall Notification E-mail System.
We will add: Once in a while. you will run into a dealer who doesn't want to honor a vehicle recall, or wants to charge you extra for other repairs or parts. If this happens, call your vehicle manufacturer's main customer service line immediately, no matter how old your car is. They can find you another dealer to service your vehicle, and also have measures in place to ensure dealers are doing the warranty and following the law.
Krause said no violent crimes have been reported in Region 1 in the past month. Residents’ main concern is property crime, which also occurs less frequently in Northwest Austin than in other parts of the city, he said.
APD district representatives live in the communities they serve and act as liaisons between residents and police, Krause said. He encouraged Northwest Austin residents to get to know their district representatives, who can help enhance patrol efforts, educate residents and students about safety, and attend neighborhood association meetings to speak or answer questions.
Region II (Adam Sector) 2nd Quarter Commander's Forum.
The forum will be held at Lakeline Mall, located at 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., on April 14, 2015 at 6:30pm. The space where the forum will be held is on the upper level across from the movie theater's main entrance.
Come and meet our new Region 2 Support Lieutenant, Lt. Kevin Leverenz, and new District Representative, Officer Frank Creasey. We hope to see you there and bring a friend!
Please come out for the Region II 2nd Quarter Commander's Forum. This forum is for the Northeast or Edward Sector. The forum will be held at Guerro-Thomspon Elementary, located at 102 E Rundberg Lane, on April 7th, 2015 at 6:30pm. Come and meet our new Region 2 Support Luietenant, Lt. Kevin Leverenz. We hope to see you there and bring a friend!
Citzens Police Academy Alumni fundraiser is April 1st:
When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Where: Ms. P's Fried Chicken, 1001 South Congress
Time: 5-7 pm
Please use the link below to purchase tickets and send the link out to your family, friends, etc.
Each ticket will get you two pieces of delicious fried chicken, a couple of wonderful sides, and refreshing drinks.
FYI! The APD Tuesday meetings will be every other week. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 PM and will meet every two weeks after that date.
The school-to-prison pipeline refers to a system in which students who could benefit from more care and education are frequently heavily disciplined and dismissed from school, which often leads to them spending time in juvenile detention centers or jail.
Until fall 2013, school police officers in Texas could charge students with Class C misdemeanors and issue citations, or student tickets, for behavior like chewing gum in class, the Texas Tribune reported. Now these officers are not allowed to issue tickets for noncriminal activities.
"We shouldn’t be taking adolescent behavior and criminalizing it," Acevedo told The Huffington Post Tuesday. Over the years, Acevedo said, police officers have "taken the place of what’s traditionally been administrators' duties."