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May 18, 2020

20200518-002: Recommendation on AFD's Budget FY 20-21 original pdf

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20200518-002 May 18, 2020 Recommendation that Council Approve Austin Fire Department Budget Requests Date: Subject: Motioned by: Rebecca Webber Seconded by: Kathleen Hausenfluck Recommendation: The Public Safety Commission recommends that the Austin Fire Department budget should include: (1) overtime to cover Operations backfill, (2) adding a third Cadet class, and (3) funds for maintenance of the Records Management Software. Description of Recommendation to Council: The Austin Public Safety Commission is tasked with reviewing public safety agency budgets and providing recommendations to the Austin City Council. The Austin Fire Department provided backup materials and a briefing in the March 2020 Public Safety Commission on budget requests. The Public Safety Commission found that the Records Management Software for Austin Fire Department requires maintenance at this time. The Public Safety Commission found that a third Cadet class is needed to attain necessary staffing levels. The Public Safety Commission found that the Austin Fire Department needs additional overtime budget allocations to address staffing challenges. Therefore, The Public Safety Commission recommends that the Austin Fire Department includes the following items in the budget submitted to the Austin City Council: 1. $3.8 million for overtime to address Operations backfill. 2. $818,000 to add a third Cadet training class. 3. $225,000 for maintenance of the Austin Fire Department Records Management Software. 4. $1.6 million to add staffing for additional aerial apparatus. This recommendation was made and approved by City Council for the FY20 budget. This item needs to be added back to the FY21 budget. The Public Safety Commission also recommends that the Austin City Council funds these items in the budget. Rationale: The Public Safety Commission has reviewed the requests from the Austin Fire Department for additions to the budget for the three items outlined above in the March, May, and May Special Called meetings of the Public Safety Commission. The additional staffing for the additional aerial apparatus was approved in the FY20 budget. Funding of this item was delayed multiple times and is no longer included in the budget. The Public Safety Commission is recommending that this funding is incorporated in the FY21 budget. This recommendation was made and approved by City Council for the FY20 budget. Vote: For: Meghan Hollis Rebecca Webber William (Bill) Kelly Rebecca Bernhardt Chris Harris Kathleen Hausenfluck Daniela Nunez Selena Alvarenga Against: Abstain: Absent: Rebecca Gonzales Attest: [Staff or board member can sign] __________________________________

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May 18, 2020

20200518-004 Part 4: APD Records Mgmt original pdf

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20200518-004 Part 4 May 18, 2020 Recommendation that Council Approves $1.5 million to replace the current Date: Subject: Records Management System at the Austin Police Department Motioned by: Meghan Hollis – Motion was to vote individually on each of the five budget requests; therefore, each individual vote will be presented as a separate recommendation under this motion. Seconded by: Selena Alvarenga Recommendation: The Public Safety Commission recommends that the Austin Police Department budget should include funding to replace the existing Records Management System and that Council should approve this funding. Description of Recommendation to Council: The Austin Public Safety Commission is tasked with reviewing public safety agency budgets and providing recommendations to the Austin City Council. The Austin Police Department provided backup materials and a briefing in the March 2020 Public Safety Commission on budget requests. The Public Safety Commission recommends that the Austin Police Department include the $1.5 million for replacing the current Records Management System (RMS) in their current budget and that Council funds this budget item. Rationale: The Public Safety Commission has reviewed the requests from the Austin Police Department for additions to the budget for the item above in the March, May, and May Special Called meetings of the Public Safety Commission. The Austin Police Department is requesting $1.5 million to replace the current Records Management System which is 15 years old. The technology with this system is antiquated and results in excessive time spent on officer report writing, as well as, system maintenance down- time. Commissioners find that a new records management system will aid in records retention improvements, and will make it easier to extract data and link data across datasets for better and more timely data analysis. This will allow improvements in APD’s capacity to make data-driven decisions. Vote: For: Meghan Hollis Rebecca Webber William (Bill) Kelly Rebecca Bernhardt Kathleen Hausenfluck Daniela Nunez Selena Alvarenga Against: Abstain: Chris Harris Absent: Rebecca Gonzales Attest: [Staff or board member can sign] __________________________________

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May 18, 2020

20200518-005 Part 2: AFD FTEs original pdf

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20200518-005 – Part 2 May 18, 2020 Recommendation that Council Approve the Austin Fire Department Base Budget Date: Subject: Motioned by: Rebecca Webber Seconded by: William (Bill) Kelly Recommendation: The Public Safety Commission recommends that the Austin City Council approve the Austin Fire Department budget including the additional FTEs from Recommendation 20200518-002 in the budget. Description of Recommendation to Council: The Austin Public Safety Commission is tasked with reviewing public safety agency budgets and providing recommendations to the Austin City Council. The Austin Fire Department provided backup materials and a briefing in the March 2020 Public Safety Commission on budget requests. The Public Safety Commission found that the base budget should be approved with the additions from Recommendation 20200518-002. The Public Safety Commission also recommends that the Austin City Council consider these recommendations in the budget. Rationale: The Public Safety Commission has reviewed the requests from the Austin Fire Department for the base budget and recommends full funding. It has been a long time since the Austin Fire Department last added an aerial apparatus. This item was approved in the FY20 budget but was not implemented in that budget or included in the FY21 budget. The cost for this item is $1.6 million. We are recommending that this item is incorporated into the FY21 budget for the Austin Fire Department in accordance with Recommendation 20200518-002. Vote: For: Meghan Hollis Rebecca Webber William (Bill) Kelly Rebecca Bernhardt Chris Harris Kathleen Hausenfluck Daniela Nunez Selena Alvarenga Against: Abstain: Absent: Rebecca Gonzales Attest: [Staff or board member can sign] __________________________________

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May 4, 2020

PSC Agenda - Remote Mtg-May 4, 2020 original pdf

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Special Meeting of the Public Safety Commission May 4, 2020 Public Safety Commission to be held May 4, 2020 with Social Distancing Modifications Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (Deadline: Sunday, May 3rd at noon CST). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the May 4, 2020 Public Safety Commission Meeting, residents must: •Call or email the board liaison at Ms. Janet Jackson (512) 924-9947 or janet.jackson@austintexas.gov no later than noon CST May 3, 2020 (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to janet.jackson@austintexas.gov by Noon CST May 3, 2020, the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch- atxn-live Public Safety Commission May 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm CST VIA VIDEOCONFERENCING CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Meghan Hollis, Chair Daniela Nunez Rebecca Bernhardt Kathleen Hausenfluck Rebecca Gonzales Rebecca Webber, Vice Chair Selena Alvarenga Bill Kelly Chris Harris AGENDA CALL TO ORDER 3:00pm PUBLIC COMMENT (FROM THOSE SIGNED UP PRIOR TO DEADLINE TO SPEAK ON AN AGENDA ITEM) 3:05pm-3:20pm 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 3:20pm-3:25pm Items for Presentation, Discussion and Possible Action: 2. Election of Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair) 3:25pm-3:30pm 3. Budget Proposal Review and Discussion for City of Austin Public Safety Agencies 3:30pm-3:45pm Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Hausenfluck -Austin Fire Department (AFD) -Austin Police Department (APD) -Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) 4. COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Discussion with Agency Representatives 3:45pm-4:00pm Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Hausenfluck 5. Review and Discussion of Tatum Investigation into APD Allegations 4:00pm-4:25pm Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Harris 6. Future Agenda …

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May 4, 2020

Draft minutes for PSC meeting- March 2, 2020 original pdf

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` William (Bill) Kelly Kathleen Hausenfluck PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Monday, March 2, 2020 The Public Safety Commission convened a meeting Monday, March 2, 2020 at City Hall 301 W. 2nd Street in Austin, Texas. Commissioner Meghan Hollis called the Board Meeting to order at 4:00p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Meghan Hollis Daniela Nunez Rebeca Bernhardt Rebecca Gonzales Selena Alvarenga Chris Harris Board Members Absent: Rebecca Webber Preston Tyree Staff in Attendance: Troy Gay, Chief of Staff, Austin Police Department Rob Vires, Chief of Staff, Austin Fire Department Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services Citizen Communications  Carlos León, Citizen – Commission for Women, Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, and Margaret Moore, District Attorney  Julianna Gonzales w/ Safe Alliance - Monthly status from Safe Alliance to Public Safety Commission for the months of January and February 2020 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Commissioner Hollis asked for any discussion/edits of the February 4, 2020 minutes; hearing no comments, Commissioner Bernhardt motioned approval of the minutes and Commissioner Gonzales second the motion. The minutes were approved with a unanimous vote. 1 2. Quarterly Stats from Public Safety Departments authorized strength, vacancies, overtime hours, call volume, response times of Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department and Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services Commissioner Hollis introduced this item and COS (Chief of Staff) Troy Gay begin presenting APD’s quarterly stats for October 2019-December 2019. COS Brown and COS Vires followed with presenting their quarterly stats for EMS and AFD. All three agencies presented their department’s current vacancies, responses times, budget nd future cadet classes and recent graduations. There was one person signed up to speak on this item. Carlos Leon – spoke to APD, AFE, and EMS inquiring about their plans to address SXSW 2020 and the threat of COVID-19 being spread during such a large international event held in Austin, Texas. Several commissioners had comments/questions at the end of the presentation: Commissioner Nunez question APD stats of reported uptick of violent crimes in the Edwards sector and APD’s plan/s COS Gay responded, the majority of the crimes reported involve gun violence and currently there is a taskforce in place looking at possible was to reduce gun violence. Commissioner Harris questioned the recent APD graduation of 67 officers and how it is reflected in the number of vacancies reported during this quarter by APD. In …

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May 4, 2020

Video -remote PSC Mtg - May 4, 2020 original link

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May 4, 2020

Item #4 Back Up on COVID-19 from Jasper Brown original pdf

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Austin – Travis County Emergency Medical Service Response to COVID‐19 Department Operation Center  Opened before EOC  Dept Logistics and Pre Planning  Scheduling  Information Communications Center  ILI since the beginning of the event o Alert Responders  Updated screening protocol (Card 36) Pandemic COVID Clinical Consult Line (C3L)  EMS staff: 12 (organized into shifts)  911 calls – conferenced into active 911 calls to triage risk to responders and to attempt to right‐ size the response to potentially infectious patients. This can include navigation to alternate care options which decreases exposure to responders, the healthcare system as a whole, and to the patient. This also includes consultation for on‐scene resources regarding level of PPE to use, correct facility to transport to, or clarification of interim guidance regarding COVID operations (in other words subject matter expert on pandemic response  Consultation and risk stratification of first responders (exposure pathway) – all agencies in RAC contact us for post exposure risk stratification and determination of if quarantine is necessary  Sick call and return to work – navigation of ill providers to testing; coordination with Public Safety Wellness Center for testing and results; tracking of sick employees with reporting to HR/Wellness/Scheduling/Supervisors and Chain of Command and all associated issues (i.e. exposure paperwork packets, RTW documents, Telework or LD options/placement)  COVID Positive patient contact tracing – receive notifications from ME, OMD, hospitals, and APH. Perform contract tracing from destination back to caller to determine all agencies/responders involved and ensure notifications and risk stratification  EMS has been contacted by other cities in Texas as well as NAEMSP statewide, other states (Colorado, Florida, Maryland to name a few) and the DoD for our protocols as we are currently considered a “best practice” in this area of medicine. Isolation Facility (ISOFAC)  EMS staff: 9 employees o EMS functions: Incident Command, Operations, Safety, Logistics, Care Coordination & Planning o Also have limited staff from AFD and APD  Facility dedicated to housing individuals that have either been exposed, developed COVID‐19‐ like symptoms or have been confirmed to be COVID‐19 positive.  Current facility has a capacity of 204 people (currently have 21 people)  Available to public safety/critical infrastructure employees and the general public that cannot safely isolate. Mobile Testing  EMS staff: 5  Provides mobile testing for situations that require the resource comes to them (i.e. nursing …

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May 4, 2020

PSC Back Up - Item#3 Budget Public Safety Depts FY 20-21 original pdf

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Public Safety FY2020-21 Preliminary Proposed Budget May 4, 2020 City of Austin, TX Austin Police FY2020-21 Preliminary Proposed Budget May 4, 2020 City of Austin, TX Police Department Budget Overview FY2020 Totals at a Glance FY2020 Approved Budget $434.5 Million FY2020 Positions 1,959 Sworn 737 Civilian FY2020 Budget by Program FY2020 Budget Highlights  Year 2 Sworn Staffing Plan: 30 Sworn FTEs  Outsource DNA Contracts  Body Worn Camera Program Cloud Storage  6 Civilian FTEs Police Department Budget Overview FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget $446.8 Million* FY2021 Positions 1,989 Sworn 737 Civilian Police FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget Highlights  Personnel Cost Drivers  Interfund Transfers  Contract & Operating Increases  Capital & Non-Capital Replacement Items $9.6M $802K $1.3M $641K  Total $12.3M* or 2.8% *Estimate: The FY2021 Budget Forecast is still under development, pending CM review and City Council approval. Council Initiatives & Other Budget Items Under Review  Addressing Violent Crime in Austin $5.5M  Cadet Salary Increase  4 Civilian FTEs  Helicopter Replacement  Total $1.5M $406K $1.3M $10.2M  Records Management System Replacement $1.5M Austin Fire FY2020-21 Preliminary Proposed Budget May 4, 2020 City of Austin, TX Fire Department Budget Overview FY2021 Totals at a Glance FY2020 Approved Budget FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget $200.7 Million 1,220 Sworn 131 Civilian & 60 Cadet $215.0 Million 1,241 Sworn 137 Civilian & 60 Cadet  $1.2M for staffing of temporary fire  WUI Code implementation, 5 sworn and station in Del Valle 6 civilian positions  $586K for partial year staffing &  Travis Country fire station, 16 sworn equipment at new Del Valle fire station positions for engine  $277K for 3 civilian positions in Wildfire  Annualized costs for engine staff at Del Division Valle fire station  $600K for fuels mitigation in the Wildfire Division Fire Department Budget Overview FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget FY2020 Approved Budget FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget $200.7 Million $215.0 Million* Fire FY2021 Preliminary Proposed Budget Highlights  Personnel Cost Drivers includes sworn 2% increase  Interfund Transfers  WUI Code implementation  Del Valle engine staff annualized and Travis Country engine staff & operating  Items Under Review (next slide) $3.9M $2.4M $1.2M $2.0M $4.8M *Estimate: The FY2021 Budget is still under development, pending City Council approval. Total $14.3M Other Budget Items Under Review 1. Overtime to cover Operations backfill 2. Adding a third Cadet class …

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May 4, 2020

PSC Approved Minutes for May 4, 2020 original pdf

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` William (Bill) Kelly Kathleen Hausenfluck Rebecca Webber PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Monday, May 4, 2020 The Public Safety Commission convened a videoconferencing meeting Monday, May 4, 2020 at City Hall 301 W. 2nd Street in Austin, Texas. Commissioner Meghan Hollis called the Board Meeting to order at 4:00p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Meghan Hollis Daniela Nunez Rebeca Bernhardt Rebecca Gonzales Selena Alvarenga Chris Harris Board Members Absent: None Staff in Attendance: Troy Gay, Chief of Staff, Austin Police Department Rob Vires, Chief of Staff, Austin Fire Department Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services Citizens signed up to speak on agenda items only: • Sue Gabriel – with Communities of Color United- spoke on item #3 in opposition to funding for Austin Police Department in the FY20-21 budget. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Commissioner Hollis asked for any discussion/edits of the March 2, 2020 minutes; hearing no comments, Commissioner Alvarenga motioned approval of the minutes and Commissioner Kelly second the motion. Vote was taken by roll call and the minutes were approved with a unanimous vote. 1 2. Election of Chair and Co-Chair to serve on Public Safety Commission from May 2020 through April 2021. Commissioner Hollis opened the floor for nominations. Commissioner Kelly nominated Commissioner Hollis for second term as Chair, and Commissioner Harris seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken and the vote was unanimous for Commissioner Hollis as chair for second term. The floor opened for nominations for Vice-chair and Commissioner Harris nominated Rebecca Webber and Commissioner Nunez second the motion. Roll call vote, and the vote was unanimous for Rebecca Webber as Vice-chair for May 2020 to April 2021. 3. Budget Proposal Review and Discussion for City of Austin Public Safety Agencies The Chair opened the floor for discussion and there were questions. Commissioner Hausenfluck where are we on officers current and authorized and AC Gay responded with currently 150 vacancies and 1959 authorized with an expectancy to be fully staffed in Spring 2021. Commissioner Harris asked for month-to-month breakdown of retires and how that affect the numbers. AC Gay committed to emailing attrition rates to the PSC, Chair. Michelle Schmidt elaborated on the personnel listed in the FY20-21 budget and the records mgmt. system and the need to replace a 2001 helicopter. Commissioner Hausenfluck had questions for Austin Fire Department’s overtime issues in 2020 and Dr. …

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March 2, 2020

PSC Mtg Agenda for March 2, 2020 original pdf

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PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 4:00pm City Hall Boards and Commissions Room 301 W. 2nd Street Austin, Texas 78701 AGENDA CALL TO ORDER (4:00pm) CITIZENS COMMUNICATION (4:05pm-4:20pm) The first five speakers signed up prior to the Call to Order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES (4:20pm-4:25pm) Items for Presentations, Discussion, and Possible Action: 2. Quarterly Stats from Public Safety Departments authorized strength, vacancies, overtime hours, call volume, response times (4:25pm-4:30pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis, Hausenfluck, and Bernhardt Speakers: 3. Presentation on Critical Incident Video Release Policy (4:30pm-4:50pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Harris 4. Briefing on COPAC Project (Critical Observation Patrol and Community) (4:50pm-5:15pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Harris Speaker: -Troy Gay, Chief of Staff, Austin Police Department -Rob Vires, Chief of Staff, Austin Fire Department -Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services - Office of Police Oversight - Austin Police Department - Robert Miljenovich, Austin Police Department - Taber White, Austin Police Department 5. Briefing on Initial Budget Priorities from All Agencies (5:15 pm – 5:35pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Bernhardt Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services - - Rob Vires, Chief of Staff, Austin Fire Department - Troy Gay, Chief of Staff, Austin Police Department - Robert (Bob) Nicks, President of Austin Firefighters Association 1 6. Austin EmergencyMedical Services(EMS) workload allocation and equipment distribution - Request for Council Action vote (5:35pm – 5:45 pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Bernhardt 7. Briefing Update from the Public Safety Commission ATCEMS/AFD Dispatch Equity Study Scope-of-Work Working Group (5:45pm-5:55pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Hollis and Webber 8. Future Agenda Items (5:55pm – 6:00pm) 9. Adjournment The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Janet Jackson at Austin Police Department, at (512-974-5747), for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Public Safety Commission, please contact Austin Police Department Assistant Chief, Troy Gay at 512-974-5030 2

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March 2, 2020

Draft Minutes - February 3, 2020 original pdf

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` PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Monday, February 3, 2020 The Public Safety Commission convened a meeting Monday, February 3, 2020 at City Hall 301 W. 2nd Street in Austin, Texas. Commissioner Rebecca Webber called the Board Meeting to order at 4:00p.m., and announced the resignation of Commissioner Ed Scruggs. Board Members in Attendance: Daniela Nunez Rebeca Bernhardt Preston Tyree Rebecca Webber Chris Harris Board Members Absent: Staff in Attendance: Troy Gay, Chief of Staff, Austin Police Department Brandon Wade, Assistant Chief, Austin Fire Department Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services Citizen Communications Kathleen Hausenfluck Selena Alvarenga Meghan Hollis Rebecca Gonzales  Carlos León, Citizen – Free speech access and equal protection rights safeguarded  Paul Robbins, Citizen, Environmental Activist – Toxic building materials used in by constitutional law new homes and apartment 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Commissioner Webber asked for discussion/edits of the January 6, 2020 minutes; hearing no comments, the January 2020 minutes were deemed approved. 2. Introduction of APD Assistant Chief Robin Henderson - Chief Manley introduced Robin Henderson as the new assistant chief with APD and shared how pleased he is to have worked with her in different capacities over her 22 years with her latest role being the Executive Lieutenant. In that role, Robin accompanied him on the majority of his meetings with City Manager and with Mayor and Council. She is very informed on the current and important topics affecting APD. 1 Robin shared briefly about her personal life and 22yr career here at APD. She expressed it was a pleasure to serve the Austin Community. 3. Election of Public Safety Commission Chair – Rebecca Webber nominated Meghan Hollis and Commissioner Tyree seconded the motion. Commissioner Webber asked if there were any other nominations from the board and there were none. Vote- Unanimous Against- 0 Absent - 0 Abstain- 0 4. Lessons Learned Last Summer: Debrief of Commissioners’ participation in City process for hiring an outside consultant to audit APD’s sexual assault investigations Webber introduced this item and invited Patricia Bourenane, Executive Assistant to Assistant City Manager Rey Arellano. Patricia elaborated on the two study groups the request to add two representatives from the PSC to join the working groups. Commissioner Webber invited Amanda Lewis from the Commission for Women to speak on her experience serving on a previous working group. Amanda Lewis, shared her expectations on …

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March 2, 2020

Citizen Communication handout from Carlos Leon Part 1 from PSC mtg 3-2-2020. original pdf

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PSC Mtg Approval Minutes - March 2, 2020 original pdf

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` William (Bill) Kelly Kathleen Hausenfluck PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Monday, March 2, 2020 The Public Safety Commission convened a meeting Monday, March 2, 2020 at City Hall 301 W. 2nd Street in Austin, Texas. Commissioner Meghan Hollis called the Board Meeting to order at 4:00p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Meghan Hollis Daniela Nunez Rebeca Bernhardt Rebecca Gonzales Selena Alvarenga Chris Harris Board Members Absent: Rebecca Webber Preston Tyree Staff in Attendance: Troy Gay, Chief of Staff, Austin Police Department Rob Vires, Chief of Staff, Austin Fire Department Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services Citizen Communications  Carlos León, Citizen – Commission for Women, Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, and Margaret Moore, District Attorney  Julianna Gonzales w/ Safe Alliance - Monthly status from Safe Alliance to Public Safety Commission for the months of January and February 2020 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Commissioner Hollis asked for any discussion/edits of the February 4, 2020 minutes; hearing no comments, Commissioner Bernhardt motioned approval of the minutes and Commissioner Gonzales second the motion. The minutes were approved with a unanimous vote. 1 2. Quarterly Stats from Public Safety Departments authorized strength, vacancies, overtime hours, call volume, response times of Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department and Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services Commissioner Hollis introduced this item and COS (Chief of Staff) Troy Gay begin presenting APD’s quarterly stats for October 2019-December 2019. COS Brown and COS Vires followed with presenting their quarterly stats for EMS and AFD. All three agencies presented their department’s current vacancies, responses times, budget nd future cadet classes and recent graduations. There was one person signed up to speak on this item. Carlos Leon – spoke to APD, AFE, and EMS inquiring about their plans to address SXSW 2020 and the threat of COVID-19 being spread during such a large international event held in Austin, Texas. Several commissioners had comments/questions at the end of the presentation: Commissioner Nunez question APD stats of reported uptick of violent crimes in the Edwards sector and APD’s plan/s COS Gay responded, the majority of the crimes reported involve gun violence and currently there is a taskforce in place looking at possible was to reduce gun violence. Commissioner Harris questioned the recent APD graduation of 67 officers and how it is reflected in the number of vacancies reported during this quarter by APD. In …

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March 2, 2020

PSC Mtg Video for March 2, 2020 original link

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PSC Back Up - #3 APD Critical Incident Video Release Policy original pdf

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Austin Police Department Critical Incident Release Policy Overview: This policy reflects APD's commitment to fostering greater public trust by increasing transparency with respect to APD and the community it serves. This policy will establish criteria for when video footage of certain police critical incidents will be released to the public. This policy was developed in partnership with; Office of Police Oversight, Travis County District Attorney's Office, Austin Justice Coalition, ACLU, Just Liberty, Grassroots Leadership, and Texas Fair Defense Project. Purpose: The people of our community have an undeniable interest in being informed, in a timely fashion and based on the most accurate information available about incidents where officers use lethal force, or when the use of force by the police results in the serious bodily injury of a person. What Are Critical Incidents? Officer-involved shootings, including unintentional discharge while in the course of duty or in response to a call, regardless of whether a person was hit by gunfire and even if no allegation of misconduct is made A use of force resulting in death or serious bodily injury as defined by Section 1.07, Texas Penal Code All deaths while an arrestee/detainee is in the custodial care of the Department unless there is no preliminary evidence of any of the following: misconduct, a use of force, or an act committed by an arrestee/detainee that appears intended to cause injury or death; or Any other police encounter where the Chief of Police determines release of video furthers a law enforcement purpose Timeline Release: If the Chief of Police determines that releasing video following a critical incident is appropriate pursuant to this policy, then the Department will post the relevant video imagery on a publicly accessible website within 90 days of the incident. Delayed Release: Under certain circumstances, the release of the video must be delayed to protect the following: Safety of the involved individuals, including officers, witness, bystanders, or other third parties Integrity of an active investigation (including criminal or administrative) or criminal prosecution Confidential sources or investigative techniques Constitutional rights Notifications and Consultations: If the Chief of Police determines that no video will be released following a critical incident, then the Department will post a statement summarizing the reasons within 60 days of the incident. The following will be notified of this decision: Officers depicted in the video and/or significantly involved in the use of force Subject upon whom force …

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March 2, 2020

PSC Back Up -#7ATCEMS/AFD Dispatch Equity Study original pdf

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Austin 911 operators effectively field calls, but audit finds gaps in dispat... https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2020/02/austin-911-operators-effe... Thursday, February 27, 2020 by Andrew Weber (https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/author/andrew-weber/) Operators field roughly a million calls for emergency services in Austin a year. A new city report says those operators do a serviceable job of answering that glut of calls, but found a disconnect between those calls and the delivery of crucial services. There are a lot of reasons for that, according to the Office of the City Auditor’s analysis of six years of call data from October 2013 to July 2019. That audit (https://www.austintexas.gov/edims /document.cfm?id=336386) was discussed Wednesday at a meeting of the city’s Audit and Finance Committee. For one, the three departments using call centers – the Austin Police Department, Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services – don’t uniformly measure their quality assurance, making an audit comparing response and dispatch times difficult. Part of that divergence is intrinsic: An operator fielding a 911 call intended for AFD won’t be asking a caller for a suspect description or the medical condition of a possible patient, for example. But the departments measure response time in seconds or minutes or even a rate when it comes to answering the most urgent calls for services. The audit shows AFD and EMS response times didn’t accurately reflect wait times from a caller’s perspective, because they didn’t properly account for the transfer time it took to transfer a caller to an operator. The audit also shows the three departments didn’t always meet their dispatch goals in terms of timeliness. While the departments met the national benchmark for answering emergency calls, all told, APD, AFD and EMS met 14 of their 24 total performance targets in 2018 for dispatch timeliness. Andrew Keegan with the city auditor’s office says a lot of that lag between call and dispatch has to do with time and geography. 1 of 2 2/27/2020, 12:44 PM Austin 911 operators effectively field calls, but audit finds gaps in dispat... https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2020/02/austin-911-operators-effe... “If the call comes in at 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, and they have to go to South Austin … or travel on 35 or any of the highways, that’s necessarily going to take longer than if they have to respond to a call at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday, just because of traffic and people on the roads.” Still, District 6 Council Member Jimmy Flannigan said the …

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March 2, 2020

PSC Back Up-#5 Initial Budget Priorities from All Agencies original pdf

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Public Safety FY2020-21 Budget Forecast March 2, 2020 City of Austin, TX Austin Police FY2020-21 Budget Forecast March 2, 2020 City of Austin, TX Police Department Budget Overview FY2020 Totals at a Glance FY2020 Approved Budget $434.5 Million FY2020 Positions 1,959 Sworn 737 Civilian FY2020 Budget by Program FY2020 Budget Highlights  Year 2 Sworn Staffing Plan: 30 Sworn FTEs  Outsource DNA Contracts  Body Worn Camera Program Cloud Storage  6 Civilian FTEs Police Department Budget Overview FY2021 Forecast FY2021 Forecast Budget $463.3 Million* FY2021 Positions 2,014 Sworn 741 Civilian Police FY2021 Forecast Highlights  Personnel Cost Drivers  Interfund Transfers  Capital & Non-Capital Replacement Items  Contract & Operating Increases $20.8M $3.9M $3.4M $841K  Total $28.9M* or 6.6% *Estimate: The FY2021 Budget Forecast is still under development, pending CM review and City Council approval. Council Initiatives & Other Budget Items Under Review  Year 3 Sworn Staffing Plan: 30 Sworn FTEs $2.3M  Addressing Violent Crime in Austin  Cadet Salary Increase  4 Civilian FTEs  Market Study – Forensics Positions  Records Management System Replacement $1.5M  Helicopter Replacement  Total $5.6M $1.5M $406K $894K $1.3M $13.5M Austin Fire FY2020-21 Budget Forecast March 2, 2020 City of Austin, TX Fire Department Budget Overview FY2020 Totals at a Glance FY2020 Approved Budget $200.7 Million FY2020 Positions 1,220 Sworn 131 Civilian & 60 Cadet FY2020 Budget by Program FY2020 Budget Highlights  $1.2M for staffing of temporary fire station in Del Valle  $586K for partial year staffing & equipment at new Del Valle fire station  $277K for 3 civilian positions in Wildfire Division Division  $600K for fuels mitigation in the Wildfire Fire Department Budget Overview FY2021 Forecast FY2021 Forecast Budget $217.8 Million* FY2021 Positions 1,252 Sworn 144 Civilian & 60 Cadets Fire FY2021 Forecast Highlights  Personnel Cost Drivers  Interfund Transfers  Del Valle Ladder and Travis Country Station Personnel & Operating  Contract Increases  Non-Capital Replacement & Supply Items $7.7M $2M $3.6M $100K $600K $14M  Total *Estimate: The FY2021 Budget is still under development, pending City Council approval. Council Initiatives & Other Budget Items Under Review 1. Maintenance for Records Management Software $225K 2. Highland Development Center & One Texas Center 3. WUI code implementation: one-time costs 4. WUI code personnel costs rent TOTAL $742K $512K $1.5M $3M Emergency Medical Services Department Review March 2, 2020 City of …

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Feb. 3, 2020

PSC Agenda February 3, 2020 original pdf

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CALL TO ORDER (4:00pm) CITIZENS COMMUNICATION (4:05pm-4:20pm) The first five speakers signed up prior to the Call to Order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES (4:20pm-4:25pm) Items for Presentations, Discussion, and Possible Action: 2. Introduction of APD Assistant Chief Robin Henderson (4:25pm-4:30pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber 3. Election of Public Safety Commission Chair (4:30pm-4:35pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber 4. Lessons Learned Last Summer: debrief of Commissioners’ participation in City process for hiring an outside consultant to audit APD’s sexual assault investigations (4:35pm-4:45pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber Speaker: Amanda Lewis, Commission for Women 5. Nomination of Commissioners to serve on APD Systemic Racism Study Scope-of-Work Working Group (4:45pm – 4:50pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber 6. Nomination of Commissioners to serve on ATCEMS/AFD Dispatch Equity Study Scope-of-Work Working Group (4:50pm – 4:55pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber 7. Presentation of Austin Fire Department 2019 Annual Report (4:55pm-5:10pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber Speakers: PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 4:00pm City Hall Boards and Commissions Room 301 W. 2nd Street Austin, Texas 78701 AGENDA - Brandon Wade, Assistant Chief, Austin Fire Department - Thayer Smith, Division Chief, Austin Fire Department 1 8. Austin EMS Association recent successes and upcoming initiatives: results of new Medic-in- Distress call sign, scheduling issues solved, and 5 straightforward solutions to improve medics' work lives (5:10pm - 5:25pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Scruggs and Webber Speaker: Selena Xie, President Austin EMS Association 9. Community reaction to January 2020 Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data: Joint Report of the Office of Police Oversight, Office of Innovation, and Equity Office (5:25pm – 6:00pm) Sponsored by Commissioners Harris and Webber Speakers: representatives of community groups Adjourn The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Janet Jackson at Austin Police Department, at (512-974-5747), for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Public Safety Commission, please contact Austin Police Department Assistant Chief, Troy Gay at 512-974-5030 2

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Feb. 3, 2020

Draft Minutes - January 6, 2020 original pdf

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` Kathleen Hausenfluck Selena Alvarenga Meghan Hollis PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES Monday, January 6, 2020 The Public Safety Commission convened a meeting Monday, January 6, 2020 at City Hall 301 W. 2nd Street in Austin, Texas. Commissioner Daniela Nunez called the Board Meeting to order at 4:00p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Daniela Nunez Rebeca Bernhardt Preston Tyree Board Members Absent: Ed Scruggs Rebecca Webber Rebecca Gonzales Chris Harris Staff in Attendance: Todd Smith. Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department Robert Vires, Chief of Staff, Austin Fire Department Jasper Brown, Chief of Staff, Austin Travis County Emergency Services Citizen Communications  Carlos León, Citizen – commented about being signed up to speak on item #6 , Future Agenda Items and not being called by Commissioner Webber at last month’s PSC meeting (December 2, 2019). He reminded the board about Constitutional Law, City Code, State Law and Freedom of Speech  Julianna Gonzales, with SAFE Alliance – provided a monthly report to the board and invited board members to email her with additional requests for data that may not be included in the monthly report. She received a couple of questions from board members Nunez, Hollis and Tyree. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - Commissioner Nunez called for approval of the minutes; and Mr. Carlos León spoke to the importance of having PSC draft minutes posted 72hrs prior to the meeting on the website for more transparency. He requested the minutes be amended before for approval. He pointed out in the December minutes he was misquoted and never 1 said he was banned from riding Capital Metro. What he said at the December 2, 2019 meeting was: Cap Metro has illegally tried changing my name so they can illegally and wrongfully ban me from speaking at their board meetings at their headquarters”. He demanded the minutes be amended/corrected before voting on the minutes. Commissioner Alvarenga motioned to approve the minutes with amendments to Citizens Communications listed by Carlos León. Commissioner Nunez seconded and the vote was unanimous. 2. Building Materials Safety/Environmental Issue Speakers were Kurt Stogdill, Austin Energy and Paul Robbins, Citizen Commissioner Tyree introduced the item and shared his interest in Green Building and discussing how we could make it better. Kurt spoke to the building codes and how his department looks to go beyond the codes to build better buildings. His department works with Development Services Department on the development …

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Feb. 3, 2020

Video of the February 3, 2020 - PSC Meeting original link

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