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Crime & Justice
8:51 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement

During a drill, SWAT team members prepare to secure a ship in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:09 pm

U.S. law enforcement at all levels has undergone a dangerous militarization in recent years, with heavily armed SWAT teams being deployed to serve warrants and for drug searches, but rarely for the hostage situations they were designed for, the American Civil Liberties Union says in a new report.

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Police
12:37 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

APD Investigates Report of Gunmen at North Austin Movie Theater

Roads aren't closed around the theatre but traffic may be delayed.
Map Data @2013 Google

Update: Austin Police say a SWAT situation at the Tinseltown Theater has ended. No suspects were located.

Police are allowing employees of surrounding businesses to return to work.

Original Story (7:08 a.m.): Austin Police are asking people to avoid the Tinseltown Theater in far *North Austin. They’re investigating a report of two armed people in the theater.

Police say they got a call around 3:45 Monday morning from the theaters' cleaning crew. The three staff members say they saw two people dressed in all black enter the theater carrying long items – possibly weapons.

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University of Texas
5:01 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

UT Mines APD Brass for New Police Chief

APD Chief of Staff David Carter will take over UTPD on July 1.
APD

The University of Texas has a new police chief. It’s David Carter, who is currently Chief of Staff at the Austin Police Department.

UT criminal justice professor Mike Lauderdale led the search committee for the new chief, and recommended the appointment to UT Austin President Bill Powers, who made the final decision.

Lauderdale says one of Carter’s major challenges will be dealing with high turnover at the department.

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Politics
6:58 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Texas House Honors Slain APD Officer

Pallbearers move Officer Jaime Padron's casket into a hearse in April 2012.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

An Austin Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty was honored Monday in the Texas House of Representatives. Jaime Padron was shot to death in April 2012 when he responded to a disturbance call at a Walmart on I-35 near Parmer Lane.

State Representative Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, filed House Concurrent Resolution 85. It was passed unanimously after a ceremony at the Capitol to honor all 25 Texas police officers killed in the last two years. 

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Austin
10:18 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Parade in Downtown Austin Today

The Texas Peace Officers memorial, on the grounds of the Texas Capitol.
flickr.com/wallyg

There’s road closures in place this morning for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Parade.

The South Congress Avenue Bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon.  Congress Avenue will be closed from Cesar Chavez to 11th Streets from 10:30 to 11 a.m. , and Colorado Street from 11th to 13th Streets will be partially closed until 2 pm. Here’s a map of closures.

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Education
8:14 am
Mon April 22, 2013

UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation

Assessors are evaluating all aspects of UTPD's services and operations.
Mose Buchele, KUT News

The University of Texas Police Department is undergoing a review of its services. Assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) are examining all UTPD operations to determine whether the department deserves accreditation.

Accreditation isn't mandatory but is seen as a representation of public safety excellence.

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2013 Legislative Sesssion
4:59 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Bill Would Stop Cops From Drawing Blood After DWI Stops

As it is now, police officers can draw blood from a DWI suspect if they have training.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

In Texas, if a motorist suspected of drunk driving refuses a breath test, a police officer can get a search warrant to draw a blood sample.

A few police departments in the state allow trained officers to draw the blood themselves. Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Spring, has introduced a bill that would require that medical professionals draw blood. She says officers should focus on patrolling streets.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Alleged Calif. Gunman's Fate Unclear After Fire At Cabin

Police patrol a road block on Highway 38 into the Big Bear area where a shoot-out with suspected fugitive Christopher Dorner resulted in the death of one deputy in Angelus Oaks, Calif., on Tuesday.
Michael Nelson EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 5:55 am

(This post was last updated at 11:13 p.m. ET.)

The Los Angeles Police Department has rejected news reports that a body was discovered at a mountain cabin in California's Big Bear area where the fugitive accused of killing four people had engaged law enforcement in a hours-long standoff.

"Any reports of a body being found are not true," Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at a news conference Tuesday night.

He said the cabin was still too hot to enter.

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Texas
11:34 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Listen: DPS Wants Lawmakers to Approve Higher Trooper Salaries

State troopers make less money than many local law enforcement officers.
Daniel Reese for KUT News

Listen to audio version of this story.

Texas lawmakers will return to Austin Jan. 8 for the 2013 Legislative Session.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety hope lawmakers will approve salary increases for state troopers. A recent report by the State Auditor’s office found troopers are making less money than many police and sheriff’s officers across the state.

Trooper Robbie Barrera says she didn’t join the Department of Public Safety for the money.

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Police
1:05 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Texas Petition Demands End to Police Shootings of Dogs

Lily the dog was killed by a Fort Worth police officer earlier this year. Now the dog's owners are calling for statewide police training standards.
Cindy and Mark Boling, via change.org

A Fort Worth couple lost their family pet in a police shooting earlier this year. Now the couple’s call for statewide police training standards when dealing with dogs has garnered nearly 90,000 signatures.

Cindy and Mark Boling have uploaded a petition to Change.org calling for standardized training, after losing their five year old border collie/English setter mix Lily this spring.

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Texas
10:50 am
Thu November 29, 2012

New Police and Fire Chiefs For Cedar Park

Top public safety positions are shifting in Cedar Park.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The City of Cedar Park is hosting a meet-and-greet tonight with the two finalists for Chief of Police.

Austin Police Assistant Chief Sean Mannix and Irving Police Assistant Chief Jeff Spivey are the top two out of 76 initial applicants.

According to the Hill Country News, current chief Henry Fluck gave notice in February that he would be leaving the department at the end of the year. He has served as chief since 1999.

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formula 1
7:29 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Safety First: City Unveils Public Safety Plans for F1 Weekend

Police Chief Art Acevedo and City Manager Marc Ott talk about the increased public safety measure taken for F1 weekend
Tyler Pratt for KUT News

The City of Austin says it’s prepared to handle any and all public safety issues that may arise during the upcoming F1 weekend 10 days from now.

“I’m smiling because I’m ready,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. “We’ll absolutely have a tremendously positive impact in terms of public safety and in terms of the enjoyment of our residents and our visitors.”

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