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[CALL TO ORDER]

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UM, FOR JOINING US.

UM, TODAY IS FEBRUARY 5TH.

IT'S OUR REGULAR MEETING OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A FEW QUICK COMMENTS.

UM, WITH REGARDS TO OUR AGENDA, I WANTED TO APOLOGIZE FOR IT BEING POSTED TO THE COMMUNITY, WHICH I HAD SORT OF MADE A COMMITMENT TO GET IT POSTED EARLY ON TO GIVE PEOPLE NOTICE OF WHAT WE WOULD BE SPEAKING ABOUT.

I WANTED TO APOLOGIZE FOR GETTING POSTED LATE.

WE'VE GONE THROUGH SOME CHANGES WITH THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE THAT TOOK MORE TIME THAN WE EXPECTED.

UM, AND SECOND, I ALSO WANTED TO APOLOGIZE FOR THERE NO LONGER BEING TIME CERTAIN ON OUR AGENDA ITEMS. UM, THAT'S ANOTHER CHANGE THAT'S COME THROUGH THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

UM, I KNOW THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS COME TO RELY ON THOSE TIMES CERTAIN, SO THAT THEY KNOW WHEN TO TUNE IN, WHEN TO JOIN US, AND SO THAT THEY CAN MORE RELIABLY PARTICIPATE IN OUR MEETINGS.

UM, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AN AGENDA ITEM MOVING FORWARD, I SUGGEST THAT YOU REACH OUT TO OUR LIAISON OR TO ME PERSONALLY, AND THEN WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO GIVE YOU AN ESTIMATE OF WHEN WE'LL BE PLANNING ON STARTING.

SO WITH THAT, UM, WE, DO WE HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, MS. JACKSON? WE'LL GO AHEAD.

ANYONE SIGN UP? BUT IT'S FINE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WITH THAT, UM, WE

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

WILL GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

THEY HAVE BEEN POSTED TO BACK UP COMMISSIONERS.

UM, I DON'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR EMAIL INBOX.

SO IF YOU CAN CHECK ONLINE, UM, THEY ARE THERE.

AND WE ALSO HAVE PAPER COPIES DISTRIBUTED HERE IN THE ROOM FOR ANYBODY.

I WILL TAKE A MOTION FROM THE FLOOR WHENEVER ANYONE'S READY TO CONSIDER THE MINUTES MOTION? YEP.

I MOTION.

OKAY.

SECOND.

OKAY.

WITH THAT, DO WE HAVE ANY CHANGES? DISCUSSION? OKAY.

BARRING ANY, I'LL GO AHEAD AND TAKE A VOTE ON THE MINUTES.

UM, OH, ACTUALLY I'M GONNA DO ATTENDANCE FIRST AND THEN WE'LL VOTE.

LET'S DO ATTENDANCE.

COMMISSIONER HERM MEYER.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER HALL? MARTIN.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER PENA? HERE.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER SMITH HERE.

UM, I AM ALSO PRESENT.

UM, COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT WILL BE JOINING US LATE, IF AT ALL.

UM, COMMISSIONER NEN NOT PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER ORR NOT PRESENT.

AND COMMISSIONER RUAN IS NOT PRESENT, BUT ON HIS WAY WILL JOIN US A BIT LATE.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND BACK TO VOTING ON THE MINUTES.

I'M JUST GONNA GO THROUGH ROLL CALL AGAIN.

UM, COMMISSIONER HERMES MEYER.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER HALL.

MARTIN? YES.

COMMISSIONER PENA? YES.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES? YES.

COMMISSIONER SMITH.

SORRY.

WAS THIS ATTENDANCE OR VOTING ON THE DRAFT MINUTES? VOTING ON THE DRAFT MINUTES? UM, I'M SORRY.

UH, CAN WE BACK UP A SECOND? I DO HAVE ONE MODIFICATION FOR DRAFT MINUTES.

YEP.

IF WE HAVE, WE WILL TAKE IT A STEP BACK IF YOU HAVE SOME CORRECTIONS.

AND IT WAS JUST, UM, THE QUESTION I ASKED, UH, REGARDING A PD VIRTUAL ADMINISTRATION PILOT PROGRAM.

MM-HMM.

.

UM, I BELIEVE I SPECIFICALLY ASKED, IS THERE A LIST OF QUE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE LIST OF QUESTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT APPEAR TO HAVE CONCERNS WRITTEN DOWN? OKAY, THANK YOU.

AND THEN WITH THAT MODIFICATION? YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO WE'LL START THE, WITH THAT CHANGE, WE WILL GO AHEAD AND GO AROUND THE TABLE AGAIN AND VOTE.

COMMISSIONER RUTAN IS NOW PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER RUTAN, I APPROVE.

UH, COMMISSIONER HERMES MEYER APPROVE.

COMMISSIONER HALL.

MARTIN APPROVE.

COMMISSIONER PENA APPROVE.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES.

YES.

COMMISSIONER SMITH APPROVE AND I WILL VOTE AS WELL.

SO WE'VE GOT THOSE APPROVED.

UM,

[2. Discussion on edit to APD’s Virtual Magistration Pilot Program presented at January 8, 2023 meeting]

NEXT, UM, WE HAVE BRIEFLY ON THE AGENDA, THE DISCUSSION ON AN EDIT TO APDS VIRTUAL MAGISTRATION PILOT PROGRAM, WHICH WAS PRESENTED AT OUR LAST MEETING.

THERE HAS BEEN A CORRECTION TO SLIDE THREE WITH REGARDS TO THE BUDGET.

UM, I, ALL OF YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL ABOUT THAT CORRECTION FROM CHIEF GREENWALT.

SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A RECORD OF THAT CORRECTION ON THE RECORD.

AND DID WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION OR QUESTIONS ON THAT?

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NO.

OKAY, THEN THAT'S IT.

WE WILL MOVE ON.

UM, AND THE REASON WE ARE DOING THIS DIFFERENTLY IS, AGAIN, I KNOW THAT BEFORE WE HAD STAFF BRIEFINGS WHERE WE WERE CAPTURING QUESTIONS, UM, WITH THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE DIRECTION, AGAIN, WE HAVE MOVED THESE TO DISCUSSION SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE DIRECTLY.

UM, THE CORRECTIONS TO THESE ITEMS WILL NOW LIVE TWO PLACES.

THEY WILL LIVE IN THE ORIGINAL BACKUP FOR OUR MEETING ON JANUARY 8TH, WHERE THAT CORRECTION WAS MADE.

AND THAT'LL HAPPEN WHENEVER WE HAVE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS.

WE'LL POST THOSE ANSWERS INTO THE BACKUP FOR THE PREVIOUS MEETING, AND WE'LL ALSO HAVE A DISCUSSION ITEM WHERE WE CAN SORT OF ADDRESS IT, UM, IN AN ONGOING WAY.

SO WITH THAT, WE CLOSE THERE.

[3. Public Safety Quarterly Report, Austin Fire Department (Sponsors: Commisioners Ramirez and Bernhardt)]

NEXT IS OUR PUBLIC SAFETY QUARTERLY REPORT.

UM, CHIEF BYERS.

THERE WE GO.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, WHILE THEY'RE PULLING UP THE, THE, UM, POWERPOINT FOR ME, PLEASE, UH, ROB MEYERS OF THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT.

UH, SO AGAIN, OUR QUARTERLY REPORT AS Y'ALL ARE ACCUSTOMED TO, AND AS WE HAVE CHANGED RECENTLY, ALL OF THE RESPONSE DATA IS IN A SEPARATE BACKUP DOCUMENT FOR Y'ALL TO REVIEW.

SO THIS WOULD BE SOME OTHER HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT IN GENERAL.

UH, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OH, UH, WINTER WEATHER IN JANUARY.

UH, AS WE HAD THAT ONE COLD FRONT THAT CAME THROUGH, UH, A FEW WEEKS AGO, IT WAS QUITE BUSY FOR US.

I'M GONNA GIVE YOU WHAT WE DID AND THEN HOW WE PREPARED FOR IT.

AS A FOLLOW UP SLIDE, UM, YOU CAN SEE THE CALL VOLUME THERE, UH, MUCH HIGHER THAN NORMAL.

UH, UNDER THAT CIRCUMSTANCES, THANKFULLY, THE ROADS WEREN'T TOO BAD, SO THAT WASN'T A, A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR.

BUT THE COLD WEATHER, THE HIGHLIGHT HERE IS THE NUMBER OF FIRE ALARMS YOU SEE DOWN THERE, 770, UH, OF THAT, UM, THERE WAS 225 FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS IMPACTED.

SO YOUR SPRINKLERS AND, AND HOW THOSE OPERATE, ET CETERA, EITHER WATER FREEZING OR SOMEHOW THEY'RE, UH, DAMAGING THE, THE SYSTEM OF THAT 225, WE'RE DOWN TO 41 AS OF TODAY THAT ARE STILL NOT REPAIRED.

THAT HAS TO DO WITH SUPPLY ISSUES, GETTING CERTAIN PARTS IN PLACE TO, TO MAKE THAT WHOLE, UH, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT NOW AS WE'VE HAD, UH, EACH YEAR SOME SORT OF A WEATHER, WINTER WEATHER EVENT THAT HAS CAUSED FREEZING PIPES TO MAYBE LOOK AT SOME SORT OF CODE CHANGES TO HELP US WITH THAT MOVING FORWARD, TO MINIMIZE THIS AS, AS A RISK OR CONDITION TO THE COMMUNITY.

UM, THE, THE NUMBER OF FIRES WERE, UH, THAT WE RESPONDED TO, UH, BOX STRUCTURE FIRES, MEANING THAT WAS SOME SORT OF A, A, A HOME OR, OR DWELLING OR BUILDING OF SOME SORT.

UM, FIVE OF THOSE WERE IN SINGLE FAMILY AND WERE DUPLEX, AND FOUR OF THOSE WERE MULTIFAMILY DWELLINGS.

AND THANKFULLY WITH QUICK RESPONSE, WE WERE ABLE TO KEEP ALMOST 80% OF THOSE, A LITTLE OVER 75% TO THE ROOM OF ORIGIN TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF REBUILDING OR FIXING OR REPAIRING THAT PARTICULAR ITEM FOR THAT, THE, THAT AREA.

IF WE GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, BASED ON LESSONS LEARNED FROM WINTER STORM URI AND WINTER STORM MARA, THE CITY HAS BEEN VERY DILIGENT ABOUT, UH, TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURES IS PROTECTED AND TAKEN CARE OF, UH, AND THAT THE, THE ABILITY TO RESPOND, UH, IS TAKEN CARE OF AS WELL.

SPECIFICALLY, WE'VE HAD, UH, A NUMBER OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY STATIONS, SO FIRE EMS, WHERE THEY'VE LOST POWER AND OR WATER.

UH, AND THAT BECOMES AN ISSUE IS ESPECIALLY THE FIRE TRUCKS WHERE THEY'RE CARRYING WATER.

IF THE, THE TRUCK ROOM WHERE THEY'RE HOUSED, UH, GETS BELOW FREEZING FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, THEN THE, THE PUMP ITSELF COULD FREEZE DAMAGE THE VEHICLE AND, AND MAKE IT, UH, UNUSABLE FOR RESPONSE FOR A FIRE.

UM, SO WITH THAT, THERE'S NOW GENERATORS THAT HAVE BEEN, UH, PUT OUT AT A GREAT NUMBER OF THE FIRE STATIONS, UH, AS THE FIRST STEP WITH THE, THE, THOSE ARE TEMPORARY GENERATORS.

THE, THE, THE INTENT IS TO PUT PERMANENT ONES THERE DOWN THE ROAD.

SO IT'S, IT'S A, A, A SEVERAL STEP PROCESS TO GET US TO A PLACE WHERE ALL OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY, UH, UH, STATIONS ARE, ARE, UH, UNDER SOME SORT OF GENERATOR POWER IN THE CASE OF A, OF A LOSS OF POWER.

SO THEY STILL HAVE HEAT, UH, THAT THE, THE VEHICLES CAN BE PROTECTED, ET CETERA.

UM, AS WE GO THROUGH SOME OTHER SLIDES, UH, FOLLOWING UP HERE, YOU'LL SEE SOME OF THE STATION MAINTENANCE THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH, WHICH WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR IN THE INVESTMENT IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR, UH, THOSE STATIONS.

BUT IN THE INTERIM, WHEN THE STATION'S UNDER REPAIR THAT FIRE STATION OR THE, THE UNIT AND THE CREWS TYPICALLY MOVE ELSEWHERE, AND AS BEST WE'RE ABLE, SOMETIMES THAT'S A TRAILER SOMEWHERE STILL IN THE RESPONSE TERRITORY THAT THEY'RE, THAT THEY, UH, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SO THAT WE CAN MINIMIZE A DELAY IN, IN, IN GOING TO A, UH, AN EMERGENCY.

WITH THAT, THE VEHICLES ARE PARKED OUTSIDE.

SO DURING WEATHER EVENTS LIKE THIS WHERE THE, THE, THE TEMPERATURE'S GONNA BE BELOW FREEZING

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FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, WE RELOCATE THOSE UNITS BACK TO SOMEPLACE WHERE THEY CAN BE PARKED INSIDE OF A, OF A TRUCK ROOM, LARGE GARAGE, FOR LACK OF BETTER TERMS, TO PROTECT THOSE VEHICLES.

SO STAY OUT DURING THE DAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, UH, BUT NOT TO THE POINT OF, OF FREEZING THE, THE PLUMBING AND THEN STAY OVERNIGHT IN, IN A PROTECTED FACILITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS BEFORE FROM, FROM THE COMMISSION ABOUT THE, THE TEXT TO 9 1 1.

THERE'S NOT A LOT OF DATA AT THIS POINT.

IT DOES EXIST.

UH, AS I REACHED OUT TO OUR DISPATCHERS TO ASK, ARE THEY RECEIVING THOSE SORT OF CALLS? AND, AND THEY SAID, NOT AT THIS TIME.

OKAY.

UH, AND THERE WILL BE SOME UPDATES TO THIS.

THE, UH, AS THE THE 9 1 1 SYSTEM IS, AND THE SOFTWARE IS UPDATED, UH, JUST FOR A, I CAUGHT THIS AND DIDN'T PUT THE, THE FULL DEAL ON THEIR CAPCO EXTENSIONAL CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT.

SO IT'S OUR REGIONAL AREA THAT, UH, IS A PART OF THIS AND HELPS WITH THE, THE, THE SOFTWARE IMPLEMENTATION, ET CETERA.

BUT AS THAT COMES, IT'D BE A FURTHER EXPANDING DEAL, BUT NOT A LOT OF INFORMATION AS OF TODAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, AS I MENTIONED, ALL THE, THE FANTASTIC WORK THAT THE, THE CITY HAS HAS PUT INTO OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, UH, IT'S ALSO INCLUDING, UH, NEW, UH, FIRE EMS STATIONS.

IT WAS FIVE STATIONS OVER SIX YEARS.

STATION NUMBER 53 AT GOODNIGHT RANCH IS THE FOURTH OF THOSE.

UH, AND THAT IS SCHEDULED TO OPEN HERE ON FEBRUARY 11TH.

UH, I WILL SAY, UH, ODDLY ENOUGH, AS THEY'RE IN THE LAST STAGES OF, OF INSPECTIONS, IT DID NOT PASS THEIR FIRE INSPECTION .

SO WE HOLD EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE, EVEN OURSELVES, UH, THROUGH, THROUGH THIS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE SYSTEMS ARE, ARE RUNNING AND WORKING PROPERLY.

WE STILL, WE'VE ALREADY STAFFED THE UNIT, UH, SO IT CAN RESPOND TO THAT AREA, BUT ACTUALLY OPENING THE STATION AND HAVING A, A UNIT IN THAT IS, IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 11TH.

AND WE'RE, WE BELIEVE WILL BE ONLINE TO MAKE THAT THAT HAPPEN.

THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU SEE BE BELOW ARE THE SAME AS THE OTHER NEWS STATIONS THAT WE'VE, UH, INTRODUCED TO YOU THROUGH TIMES, THE THINGS THAT MODERNIZE IT FOR THE, THE, UH, CARE OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS STAYING THERE, UH, FOR CANCER ISSUES, FOR, UH, GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS FOR, UM, THE, UH, SLEEP AND THE FATIGUE MANAGEMENT.

ALL THOSE THINGS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE, THE, THESE NEW STATIONS TO INCLUDE TRYING TO MEET THE, THE HIGHEST LEVEL, UH, UH, THE LEED SILVER DESIGNATION FOR THE CITY.

RIGHT? TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE, THEY'RE, UH, UM, AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, THE LAST OF THE FIVE STATIONS IN THE SIX YEARS IS STATION NUMBER 54, WHICH WE'VE RECENTLY BROKE GROUND ON AND IS, UH, SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN THE WINTER, UH, OF, OF 2024.

SO, UH, IDEALLY, UH, THEY'LL BE OPEN THIS YEAR, RIGHT? SO, UM, THAT'LL BE THE LAST OF THE STATIONS, UH, THAT ARE SCHEDULED.

UH, AS FAR AS ADDING TO THE, THE CITY, WE STILL HAVE OTHER NEEDS, AND WE'VE STARTED TO EXPLORE WHERE THOSE NEEDS EXACTLY ARE AND HOW WE CAN BEST MEET THOSE IN A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE FASHION, BUT MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND THAT ONE WILL BE BUILT THE SAME AS AS THE GOODNIGHT RANCH ONE WE JUST TALKED ABOUT.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO, THE DEFERRED MAINTENANCE, WHERE I TALKED ABOUT, UH, UNITS BEING AT A, AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION WHILE THE STATION IS BEING RENOVATED.

THAT'S WHAT THIS IS SPEAKING TO.

UH, STATION ONE IS HIGHLIGHTED HERE.

IT'S THE ONE THAT'S DOWNTOWN NEAR ALL THE HIGH RISES.

UH, THAT ONE WAS BUILT BACK IN THE THIRTIES, IF I REMEMBER RIGHT, 38, 39, UH, AND WAS IN SUCH DIRE NEED OF RENOVATION THAT THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, WHENEVER A BREAKER BLEW, IT WAS GO TO EBAY AND HOPE YOU COULD FIND A GENTLY USED ONE OWNER TO PUT THAT, THAT PARTICULAR PART OF THE BUILDING BACK IN SERVICE.

SO, UH, VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE, THE EFFORT PUT INTO THIS ONE.

THE CREWS HERE, IT'S OUR LARGEST STATION WITH THREE FIRE APPARATUS IN IT, AND THE SHIFT COMMANDER, TWO OF THE APPARATUS, UH, WE'RE ABLE TO MOVE TO 11TH AND GUADALUPE WITH, UH, A COUNT THE HELP OF THE COUNTY.

AND THEY'RE ACTUALLY WORKING OUT OF AN OFFICE BUILDING THAT HAPPENED TO HAVE ALL THE FEATURES WE NEEDED TO MAKE THAT WORK WITH THE UNITS PARKED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

THE, UH, UH, THAT WAS THE CLOSEST WE COULD GET TO STAY IN THIS AREA TO STILL MEET RESPONSE TIMES FOR EMERGENCIES.

AND, AND THAT WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF DURING THOSE COLD DAYS OF WHEN WE WERE BELOW FREEZING, THOSE UNITS WOULD NEED TO BE MOVED ELSEWHERE TO, TO PROTECT THEM FROM FREEZING OVER.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, CONTINUATION OF THE DEFERRED MAINTENANCE, YOU'LL SEE STATIONS 8, 23 AND 25, SAME THING.

THOSE, THOSE ARE BEING REBUILT ON THE EXISTING, UH, SLAB,

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UH, WITH, UH, EITHER, UH, SOME PARTS TORE DOWN AND REBUILT, OR JUST TO REFURBISH THE INTERIOR.

AGAIN, TRYING TO MEET THE SAME NEEDS AS WE TALKED ABOUT IN THE BRAND NEW STATIONS AS BEST AS POSSIBLE WITH THE LIMITATIONS OF SQUARE FOOTAGE.

UH, THESE TWO ARE EITHER ONSITE OR MOVED AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THAT TERRITORY TO MINIMIZE ANY DELAYS IN RESPONSE.

NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

AUTOMATIC AID, UH, AGAIN, MOST OF OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS ARE, UH, A PART OF THIS.

THERE'S STILL A THING IS CALLED MUTUAL AID THAT THEY CAN CALL AND ASK FOR ASSISTANCE, BUT BY MAKING THAT PHONE CALL AND THE, AND THE, THE, THE, THE RAPID PROCESS THAT EXISTS WITH THAT, THERE IS A DELAY.

SO AUTOMATIC IS IMPROVED, UM, UH, IMPROVEMENT OVER THAT AS UNITS ARE, ARE MORE QUICK TO OUT THE DOOR 'CAUSE IT'S AUTOMATIC VERSUS A REQUEST.

UH, EXAMPLE HERE IN JANUARY, UH, IN WESTLAKE, WE HELPED, WE RESPONDED, UH, IN A COLLABORATIVE FASHION THROUGH AUTO AID TO WORK IN RESIDENTIAL FIRE ON STRATFORD DRIVE.

UH, CAUSE WAS RULED TO BE WOOD ASSEMBLY THAT WAS AROUND THE, THE FLU.

YOU THINK ABOUT AS COLD AS IT IS THERE, LOTS OF FIREPLACES GOING THAT WOOD HEATS UP AND OVER TIME GETS TO THE POINT THAT IT'LL IGNITE.

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED HERE.

AND THAT'S THE MIDDLE PICTURE YOU SEE WITH THEM UP ON THE ROOF.

TENDING TO TO THAT, UH, BECAUSE OF AUTO AID, YOU GET FASTER RESPONSE AND WITH THAT YOU MINIMIZE THE DAMAGE.

SO IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT, IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THE CREWS, I'M SORRY, THE, THE RESIDENTS MAY NOT HAVE TO, UH, EVACUATE OR LEAVE THE, THE HOUSE AND FIND SOMEPLACE ELSE TO STAY, THAT THEY'D BE ABLE TO STAY IN THEIR OWN HOUSE, JUST NOT HAVE TO NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE FIREPLACE UNTIL IT'S REPAIRED.

SO, UH, FAST RESPONSE MINIMIZES THE OVERALL EFFECT OF, OF WHAT A FIRE CAN DO.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, OVERDOSE RESPONSE.

I, I, I'LL PAUSE HERE.

I THINK WE LEARNED TODAY THAT, UH, I KNOW EMS REPORTS OUT THE INFORMATION FROM THEIR PART AS WELL.

AND THERE'S A DISCREPANCY IN OUR, OUR DATA THAT WE NEED TO SORT THROUGH.

SO, UH, HERE, WITHOUT GOING INTO THE DETAILS OF, OF THE NUMBERS, I'LL SAY GENERICALLY THAT THE, THE, THE QUICKER THAT'S USED, AS YOU'VE HEARD BEFORE, THE, THE, THE, THE BETTER THE CHANCE OF THE OUTCOME FOR THE INDIVIDUAL.

SO, UH, THAT, I'LL LEAVE THAT SLIDE FOR, UH, AT THAT POINT FOR, WITH THAT STATEMENT FOR NOW.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

ALRIGHT.

INVESTIGATIONS.

I, I, I CAN'T, UH, WE'VE GOT FANTASTIC FOLKS THROUGH THROUGHOUT OUR WHOLE DEPARTMENT THAT, THAT, UH, RESPOND UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS TO, TO HELP THE COMMUNITY.

AND VERY PROUD OF THE GREAT WORK THEY DO.

AS A HIGHLIGHT, WE'VE POINTED OUT TO OUR INVESTIGATION SECTION THAT, UH, THEY, THEY, THEIR CLEARANCE RATE BASICALLY FINDING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE, AND IF IT'S, UH, ARSON RELATED THAT THEY FIND WHO DID IT, AND THAT THEY'RE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, THEIR, THEIR CLEARED RATE IS MUCH, MUCH HIGHER THAN THE REST OF THE, THE, THE NATION.

SO THEY DO PHENOMENAL WORK.

AN EXAMPLE OF THAT WILL BE THE NEXT SLIDE, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE.

UH, BACK IN, UH, THE, UH, NOVEMBER OF 23, UH, THE, UH, PERSON WAS SENTENCED, UH, AS HAVING CAUSED BY ARSON THE FIRE AT CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL, UH, SYNAGOGUE THERE IN AUSTIN, BACK IN THE 2021.

BY THEIR GREAT WORK, UH, OF, OF FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THE DETAILS, THEY'RE ABLE TO HOLD THE PERSON ACCOUNTABLE AND, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, MINIMIZE OR EQUALLY IMPORTANT, MINIMIZE THE CHANCE THAT PERSON CAUSING A FIRE SOMEPLACE ELSE AS WELL.

SO THEY DO GREAT WORK.

AND, AND YOU SEE THE TESTIMONY THERE, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AS A WHOLE, IN THEIR RESPONSE AND IN THEIR INVESTIGATION, ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL JUDGE, UH, THE, THE WONDERFUL WORK OF THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT, UH, COULD HAVE BEEN A WHOLE LOT WORSE, UH, IF NOT, BUT THE GREAT WORK OF OUR FOLKS.

SO JUST TO HIGHLIGHT THERE OF, OF HOW ALL THE COMPONENTS OF OUR DEPARTMENT DO MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OUR WILDFIRE DIVISION, AS WE'VE GONE OVER THIS A NUMBER OF TIMES, THE, THEY, THEIR OUTREACH TO THE, TO THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS, DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE CITY, AND TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE, UH, INDIVIDUALLY AND COMMUNITY WISE, MORE, UH, FIRE SAFE OR FIREWISE, UH, HAVE DONE A WHOLE LOT TO MINIMIZE THE RISK, UH, OF A WILDFIRE BEING WORSE IN CERTAIN AREAS.

UH, GREAT WORK BY THEM.

YOU CAN SEE EIGHT OR 25 HOMES, UH, THROUGH INSPECTIONS.

AND, UM, COLLABORATION WITH THE HOMEOWNERS WERE, HAD A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THEM TO MINIMIZE THEIR WILDFIRE RISK.

UH, WE'VE GOT 23 FIREWISE COMMUNITIES AS OF TODAY, AND WE'RE ENGAGED WITH 64 MORE.

IT'S A BIT OF A CHALLENGE.

NOT EVERY COMMUNITY HAS A HOMEOWNER'S ASSOCIATION, SO FINDING A LEAD PERSON FOR THAT COMMUNITY SOMETIMES COULD BE AN ISSUE AS FAR AS TRYING TO REACH OUT TO THEM.

BUT OUR FOLKS IN THE WILDFIRE DIVISION DO A PHENOMENAL JOB, GIVEN THE HIGH RISK WE HAVE IN OUR AREA, WHAT WE EXPERIENCED THIS LAST SUMMER, AND CAN PREDICT WITH THE SUMMERS TO COME DOING THIS, UH, PREVENTION EFFORT ON THE FRONT SIDE, HOPEFULLY MINIMIZE ANY SORT OF

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WILDFIRE ISSUES WE HAVE IN THE FUTURE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE, THEY DO A LOT OF THINGS.

UH, THEY DO INSPECTIONS FOR, FOR NEW PROPERTIES LIKE OUR FIRE STATION THAT DID NOT PASS ITS INSPECTION.

UH, UH, GOODNIGHT RANCH.

THEY ALSO DO, UM, SPECIAL EVENTS OF WHICH YOU'VE GOT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST.

SHOULD BE 24, NOT 23 UP THERE, UH, COMING UP AROUND THE BEND.

AND, AND THAT IS VERY COMPLICATED 'CAUSE YOU HAVE HUNDREDS OF EVENTS THAT THAT HAPPEN IN THAT TWO WEEK, THIS TWO WEEK PERIOD, THAT, UH, TYPICALLY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON EVERY ONE OF THOSE.

AND OFTENTIMES IT'S A MULTITUDE OF SITE INSPECTIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE VENUE THEY'RE CHANGING FROM A RESTAURANT TO A CONCERT VENUE MEETS ALL THE NEEDS ALONG THE WAY.

UH, SO AS TO AVOID ANY, UH, HAZARDS IF A, IF SOME SORT OF AN EVENT WERE TO OCCUR.

SO A LOT OF HARD WORK FOR THEM.

AND Y'ALL SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT, UH, EVENTS THAT HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE COMPLIANCE ENGINE.

SO WE'VE GOT NEW CONSTRUCTION THAT WE DO INSPECTIONS OVER.

WE DO SPECIAL EVENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE, UH, CONDUCTED IN A SAFE FASHION.

THE OTHER PART THAT IS VERY, VERY CRITICAL, UH, AND AND LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ONE A LOT EVERY TIME WE TALK TO Y'ALL, IS THE EXISTING STRUCTURES AROUND THE CITY, SUCH AS CITY HALL, THE BEFORE YOU SEE THE LARGE, THE SMALL NUMBERS IN FISCAL YEAR 14, 15, AND 16, UH, THE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, THE ALARM SYSTEMS, ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE SURE THAT THIS BUILDING STAYS SAFE FOR, FOR THE OCCUPANTS.

IT WAS HARD FOR US TO KEEP UP THAT, THAT THEY WERE ALL BEING INSPECTED AND AN APPROPRIATE FASHION.

UH, BUT THROUGH THIS THIRD PARTY, UM, PARTNERSHIP, WE'RE NOW UP TO 84% OF THE CITY THAT WE CAN SAY THAT THE, THE, THE BUILDING AFTER OCCUPIED YEAR, ALL THE YEARS AFTER THAT, THE, THE FIRE SUPPRESSION AND ALARM SYSTEMS ARE ALL BEING MANAGED IN A FASHION THAT IF, IF NEEDED, WOULD, WOULD, UH, WOULD WORK.

AND, AND I CAN GIVE YOU A COUPLE EXAMPLES.

IN THE PAST, THERE WAS TWO DIFFERENT SITUATIONS WHERE, UH, THERE WAS A, A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT THAT HAD A MALFUNCTIONING FRYER, AND THE REPAIR PERSON WAS ON SITE TO FIX IT.

LONG STORY SHORT, THEY STEPPED OUT FOR A MOMENT.

THE FRYER CAUGHT FIRE.

THE, THE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM, THE HOOD SYSTEM DID NOT ACTIVATE THE MANUAL PULL PULLED OUT OF THE WALL.

AND THE EXTINGUISHER THAT THEY HAD ALL DID NOT OPERATE.

THE, THE END RESULT WAS THAT PARTICULAR FACILITY BURNT TO THE GROUND.

IT WAS $1.5 MILLION TO, TO REBUILD.

AND THAT TOOK THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR, YEAR AND A HALF.

UH, SIMILAR SITUATION.

THERE WAS A, A, A, A APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE, UH, THERE WAS AN INDIVIDUAL, UH, THAT, UH, A FIRE OCCURRED IN THEIR BEDROOM WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING.

SPRINKLER SYSTEM PUT IT OUT, UH, TWO WEEKS AND $5,000.

YOU NEVER KNOW A FIRE OCCURRED IN THAT PARTICULAR APARTMENT.

SO THERE'S A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE, NOT ONLY THE, THE PER THE, THE PEOPLE OUTCOME AND PROTECTING PEOPLE, BUT IN THE ECONOMIC PART OF, UH, SUSTAINING PROPERTY OR A PLACE OF BUSINESS AND FOLKS EMPLOYED BY HAVING THESE SYSTEMS IN PLACE AND WORKING PROPERLY.

SO THIS IS A FANTASTIC THING THAT WE HAVE GOING ON IN THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMPLIANCE ENGINE.

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UH, UH, ONGOING COMMITTEE OUTREACH.

UH, THE BEST PROTECTION IS A WORKING SMOKE ALARM.

UH, WE, UH, EMPHASIZE THAT EVERY TIME THAT WE HAVE, UH, A MAJOR FIRE SOMEWHERE, BECAUSE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL, RIGHT? THE PEOPLE CANNOT BE REPLACED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM.

SO, AND THAT IS OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN, IS LIFE SAFETY AND GETTING PEOPLE OUT.

SO IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE, UH, THAT NEEDS HELP, NEEDS A SMOKE ALARM INSTALLED, WE WILL DO IT FOR FREE.

AND THAT 9 7 4 0 2 9 9 NUMBER IS THE ONE TO CALL.

AND WE DO THOSE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

WE CANVAS NEIGHBORHOODS AS WELL, UH, AFTER FIRES, TRYING TO TO BE PROACTIVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE SAFE.

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SO, SWEPT SEPARATIONS, Y'ALL ASKED ABOUT THIS IN THE PAST, SHOWS YOU, BY AND LARGE, THE MAJORITY OF THE FOLKS THAT, THAT LEAVE OUR DEPARTMENT LEAVE BY RETIREMENT.

THERE ARE OCCASIONS FOR ONE REASON OR THE OTHER WHERE, WHERE THEY DO RESIGN SOONER THAN THAN, UH, MAKING IT TO RETIREMENT.

UM, OUR CURRENT SWORN VACANCIES ARE 39 AS OF TODAY.

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CIVILIAN VACANCIES.

WE'VE GOT 16.

YOU CAN SEE, UH, UH, THE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT THOSE VACANCIES ARE IN AND THE, THE EFFORTS YOU SEE THERE.

OUR FOLKS ARE RELENTLESS AND, AND THEIR EFFORTS, AND THEY GO THROUGH A ROBUST PROCESS OF, OF ADVERTISING FORWARD, UH, TO FILL THOSE AS, AS BEST, UH, AS POSSIBLE.

AND, AND I CAN'T SPEAK ENOUGH ABOUT OUR EFFORTS

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FROM OUR RECRUITING TEAMS AND STRATEGIES TO, TO, TO MAKE FOLKS AWARE OF, OF WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, EVEN REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU'RE SWORN OR CIVILIAN.

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UH, CADET HIRING PROCESS.

SO, UH, WE ARE, UH, WE JUST STARTED A CADET CLASS HERE AT THE END OF JANUARY.

WE STARTED WITH 39, WHICH TIES IN WITH THE VACANCIES THAT YOU SAW BEFORE.

UH, WE HAVE HAD TWO PEOPLE RESIGN IN THE FIRST WEEK, UH, OF THE ACADEMY, UH, THAT DECIDED THAT, THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AS THEY EXPERIENCED THE FIRST WEEK MAYBE WASN'T THEIR THING, WHICH FULLY UNDERSTAND.

UH, BUT WE HAVE 37 CADETS AS OF TODAY AND PLAN ON STARTING ANOTHER CADET CLASS IN APRIL, UH, 30 TO 35 CADETS.

THAT'LL BE BASED ON WHAT OUR VACANCIES OR PROJECTED VACANCIES ARE, UH, WITH THE, THE STATION THAT'S OPENING IN FEBRUARY AND THE OTHER ONE THAT'S OPENING IN, UH, SOMETIME IN THE WINTER.

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RECRUITING, WE DO THAT YEAR ROUND.

UH, UH, JOIN AFD.COM IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE THAT'S INTERESTED IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

LOTS OF INFORMATION THERE TO, TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT THE JOB IS LIKE.

AND THAT IS DONE YEAR ROUND.

WE'RE ABOUT TO START OUR, OUR NEXT HIRING PROCESS HERE IN THE SPRING, UH, WITH AN APPLICATION PERIOD SOMEWHERE, MARCH, APRIL, UH, MAY, SOMEWHERE IN THOSE MONTHS THERE.

WE ONLY SET APPLICATIONS FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND THEN UNDER, UNDER CONTRACT THAT THAT WILL START A PROCESS THAT LASTS WHERE A LIST WILL LAST FOR TWO YEARS.

SO, UH, PEOPLE APPLY THERE.

THEY, THEY GOT A TWO YEAR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT INTO THE DEPARTMENT BASED ON WHERE THEY ARE ON THE LIST.

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PART OF A RECRUITING PROCESS HAS PASSED THE TORCH FANTASTIC PROGRAM WHERE PEOPLE GET TO GO DO HANDS-ON, THEY PUT ON THE, THE TURNOUTS.

THEY, THEY DO A DIFFERENT, UH, A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, UH, FIRE EVOLUTIONS.

SO IT'S, UH, AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE IN A SAFE FASHION WHERE YOU CAN SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A FIREFIGHTER.

UH, PROUD TO SAY THAT IN OUR CURRENT CADET CLASS, THERE'S FOUR PEOPLE THAT ARE PREVIOUS MEMBERS OF THE PASS THE TORCH.

SO IT IS A, IT'S A GOOD RECRUITING TOOL.

UH, AND THAT'S USUALLY MEANT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE, ARE 18 ISH OR OLDER.

UH, FIRE EXPLORERS IS MEANT FOR YOUR YOUNGER CROWD.

UH, FOR FOLKS THAT MAYBE WOULD BE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING, UH, UH, POST HIGH SCHOOL, IF THEY'RE NOT CONSIDERING COLLEGE, UH, I MOST CERTAINLY CAN CONSIDER THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

AND THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO, TO SHOWCASE WHAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S ALL ABOUT.

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AND THAT ENDS IT.

AND OF COURSE, WE'RE NOT GONNA MISS ANY OPPORTUNITY TO, TO, TO ADVERTISE A JOIN AFD.COM WEBSITE.

SO IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE, PLEASE SEND THEM OUR WAY.

OKAY.

AND THAT COMPLETES OUR PRESENTATION.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER RUTAN? UM, I THINK FOR THE PRESENTATION, AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE RATES OF SEPARATIONS ARE DECREASING.

UM, HOPEFULLY THAT WAS JUST THE SORT OF COVID BLIP MOVING, MOVING PAST, OR, UM, I HAVE ONE QUESTION ON THE, OR TWO QUESTIONS.

ONE, JUST ON THE, THE GRAPH FOR THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE CANDIDATES.

I'M ASSUMING THERE'S A TYPO ON THAT.

UM, THE GRAPH, BECAUSE IT DOESN'T ADD UP TO A HUNDRED PERCENT AND THE SLICE FOR LATINOS FAIRLY SMALL THERE.

I DUNNO IF I WANNA GO BACK TO THAT SLIDE OR TO SEE, BUT, UM, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL NUMBERS ARE THERE.

2019, UH, YEAH, I'M SURE, I'M SURE IT'S NOT INFORMATION YOU HAVE ON, ON YOU, BUT JUST, UH, WOULD BE, I'M ASSUMING THAT'S AN ERROR IN TERMS OF THE LATINO SLICE, BUT I BELIEVE, SO MY APOLOGIES ON THAT.

I'LL BE, I'LL CIRCLE BACK WITH Y'ALL AS A, AS A GROUP TO, TO CLARIFY THOSE NUMBERS.

OKAY.

UM, AND THE ONE OTHER QUESTION, IF, IF I MAY, JUST ON THE WILDFIRE OUTREACH, I KNOW YOU SAID IT'S A CHALLENGE WITH, UM, HOMEOWNERS THAT DON'T HAVE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, WHICH I'M ASSUMING TENDS TO DO MORE ON SOME OF THE EAST SIDE COMMUNITIES.

I KNOW A FEW SESSIONS BACK WHEN WE HAD OUR, UM, FOCUS ON THE WILDFIRES, WE HAD TALKED ABOUT OUTREACH TO DIFFERENT LANGUAGE GROUPS AND THOSE HOMEOWNERS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S BEEN ANY CHANGE OR ANY PROGRESS IN TERMS OF HOW WE APPROACH TRYING TO GET THOSE, UM, HOMEOWNERS WHO MAY NOT TRADITIONALLY OR, OR RENTERS WHO MAY NOT NECESSARILY HAVE THE ABILITY TO, TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES, BUT WHO ARE POTENTIALLY AFFECTED BY THESE WILDFIRES? VERY GOOD QUESTION.

AND, UH, UH, SO I DON'T GIVE YOU MISINFORMATION.

UH, WHEN I FOLLOW BACK UP WITH THE, THOSE RECRUITING NUMBERS, I'LL PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION.

I WANNA MAKE SURE I, I DON'T MISREPRESENT ANYTHING.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM, , DO WE HAVE QUESTIONS FROM ANYONE ELSE? OKAY, I'LL TAKE, I'LL ACTUALLY TAKE A LAST STAB AT A QUESTION.

UM, WITH, UM, REGARDS, ACTUALLY, UM, TO THE ARSONS THAT YOU MENTIONED, I'M ALWAYS SORT OF TAKEN ABACK BY THAT NUMBER.

IT'S ALWAYS REALLY SURPRISING TO ME.

IT DOESN'T.

UM, IS THERE A, OR I'M ASSUMING THAT ALL THESE FIRES ARE NOT EQUAL, ALL THESE ARSONS ARE NOT EQUAL.

LIKE, WHAT IS THE SCALE OF LIKE THESE ARSONS THAT ARE

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HAPPENING AND THE KIND OF RESPONSE THAT YOU GUYS HAVE TO HAVE TO SEND OUT? I'M NOT SURE THAT I UNDERSTAND THE, THE QUESTION.

SO WHAT THAT, THAT'S A LOT MORE ARSONS THAN I SEE IN THE NEWS, RIGHT? AND SO I'M NOT SURE HOW, LIKE, HOW LARGE ARE THE SCALE OF, LIKE, IS IS THERE A SCALE TO FIRES AND WHEN THEY'RE QUALIFIED AS ARSONS OR JUST, I'M JUST TRYING TO GET A SENSE OF WHY I DON'T HEAR MORE ABOUT THESE ARSONS, LIKE VIA THE NEWS, FOR INSTANCE.

RIGHT.

NOT ALL OF, YEAH.

THEY, THEY ARE SCALABLE.

UH, ANYTHING THAT'S INTENTIONALLY SAID OR PERCEIVED TO BE INTENTIONALLY SET IS, WOULD QUALIFY AS ARSON.

OKAY.

SO, AND THOSE WILL, WILL VARY IN RANGE FROM A TRASH CAN AT A SCHOOL TO SOMETHING MUCH LARGER.

LIKE WE WITH THE CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL.

RIGHT.

SO IT'S, IT, IT, IT IS ALL OVER THE MAP AS FAR AS THE, THE SIZE OF IT GOES.

AND, UH, I WOULD IMAGINE ALL THOSE ARE NEWSWORTHY.

OKAY.

RIGHT.

SO THE, BUT UH, THE REPORTING IS BASED ON SOMETHING THAT WAS, WAS, UH, CONFIRMED TO BE INTENTIONALLY SET.

OKAY.

SO, UH, LIKE A, A TRASH, A TRASHCAN FIRE WOULD, WOULD QUALIFY AS A OKAY.

OKAY.

THAT JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

, DO WE HAVE ANYTHING ELSE? OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, WITH THAT WE

[4. Discussion of policing and disabilities with the Office of Police Oversight, Austin Police Department (Sponsors: Commissioners Ramírez & Bernhardt)]

WILL MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS A DISCUSSION OF POLICING AND DISABILITIES WITH THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT.

UM, IF YOU GUYS CAN COME ON UP AND JOIN, UM, WE HAVE BEEN TALKING, I WAS JUST TALKING TO SARAH EARLIER.

WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS ITEM SINCE MAY, JUNE OF LAST YEAR.

THIS REPORT HAS BEEN, WAS, HAS BEEN IN THE PROCESS FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND THERE HAS BEEN SOME TRANSITION IN LEADERSHIP IN OPO FOR A LONG, THAT, THAT SORT OF, THERE WERE LOTS OF THINGS HAPPENING WITH THE CITY THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO NOT TALK ABOUT THIS UNTIL RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND.

UM, SO I'M REALLY EXCITED THAT WE'RE GETTING TO TALK ABOUT THIS.

UM, AND I'M HOPING THAT IT'S THE FIRST OF MANY CONVERSATIONS THAT WE CAN HAVE, NOT JUST WITH REGARDS TO POLICING, BUT ALSO I'VE ALSO TALKED TO THE CHIEFS OF STAFF AND HOPING THAT WE CAN EXPAND THESE DISCUSSIONS IN SOME WAY WITH EMS AND FIRE AS WELL.

SO, WITH THAT, IF YOU GUYS WANNA INTRODUCE YOURSELVES, UM, JUST, JUST KIDDING.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US TODAY.

MY NAME IS SARAH PERALTA.

I'M THE PUBLIC INFORMATION AND MARKETING PROGRAM MANAGER WITH THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT.

AND MY NAME IS LINDSAY SOUTHARD.

I'M A COMMUNITY.

OH, OKAY.

OF COURSE.

UM, AGAIN, MY NAME IS LINDSAY SOUTHARD.

I AM A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST WITH THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT.

AND BEFORE WE GET STARTED, I WANT TO LET THE FOLKS LISTENING AT HOME.

THIS REPORT IS ACCESSIBLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH AND IS SCREEN READER ACCESSIBLE ON OUR WEBSITE, ATX POLICE OVERSIGHT.ORG.

UM, WE ALSO HAVE SOME BRAILLE COPIES AVAILABLE BY REQUEST.

WE WILL ALSO BE USING DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE, WHICH HELPS FOLKS WHO ARE LISTENING TO THE PRESENTATION.

SO, UM, AGAIN, MY NAME IS SARAH.

I AM A WOMAN WITH DARK CURLY HAIR, AND I'M WEARING A GREEN, GREEN BLOUSE AND A BLAZER.

AND I AM LINDSAY SOUTHARD, AGAIN, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST WITH THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT.

AND I AM WEARING A TANNED SHIRT AND BLACK PANTS, AND I HAVE BLACK HAIR.

ALRIGHT, SO WE ARE EXCITED, UM, ONCE AGAIN JUST TO SHARE SOME OF THE FINDINGS FROM SOME OF OUR RESEARCH, UM, ON THIS, WHICH STARTED BACK IN 2021.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, THE TOWN HALL ON PUBLIC SAFETY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND POLICING WAS A COMMUNITY EVENT SERIES THAT WE LAUNCHED IN 2021.

OPO DEVELOPED THIS INITIATIVE AND DIRECT RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ADVOCATED FOR ACTION, UH, TO ADDRESS CONCERNS ABOUT INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

OUR PARTNERS INCLUDED THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, THE EQUITY OFFICE, AND SEVERAL COMMITTEE ADVOCACY GROUPS, UM, OPIOID INTENTIONALLY CENTERED PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THROUGHOUT THIS PROJECT, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT LIVED EXPERIENCES, LIVED EXPERTISE.

SO AT EACH EVENT, COMMUNITY MEMBERS OPENLY AND HONESTLY SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES, THEIR CONCERNS, THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE, AND, UM, ANYTHING RELATED TO THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

OUR GOAL WAS TO LISTEN TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS LEARN FROM THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCES AND DEVELOP ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

WE COLLECTED FEEDBACK FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND WE SYNTHESIZE THE QUALITATIVE DATA, AND THEN WE DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS, UH, TO IMPROVE INTERACTIONS WITH A PD.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND I WILL BE SHARING, UM, AN A BIT OF AN ABBREVIATED TIMELINE.

SO OUR WORK ON THIS REALLY WAS CATALYZED, UM, BY A JULY, 2020 MEETING OF THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, WHERE CONCERNS WERE EXPRESSED THAT REALLY STEMMED FROM THEIR LIVED EXPERIENCES INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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UM, DURING THIS MEETING, THERE WAS ALSO A HIGHLIGHTED NEED FOR MORE DETAILED DATA ON THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AND POLICE OFFICERS IS THERE WAS A LACK OF OUTSIDE DATA THAT, UM, SPECIFICALLY PERTAINED TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN MENTAL HEALTH.

IN MAY OF 2021, OPO COLLABORATED WITH THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THE EQUITY OFFICE TO HOST THE FIRST TOWN HALL ON PUBLIC SAFETY PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AND POLICING.

UH, THAT SAME SEPTEMBER, WE THEN RELEASED OUR FIRST TOWN HALL REPORT, WHERE THE FEEDBACK FROM THAT FIRST EVENT WAS ANALYZED AND INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A NEED AND AN INTEREST TO CON CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION.

UM, AND ALSO GAVE, UH, OPO SOME DIRECTIVES ON HOW TO BEST DO THAT.

UM, SO IN JUNE OF 2022, OPO HOSTED THE SECOND TOWN HALL, UM, WHICH WAS A HYBRID EVENT WITH 75, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTENDING BOTH VIRTUALLY AND IN PERSON.

UM, AND AFTER ANALYZING THE FEEDBACK FROM THE SECOND TOWN HALL, OPO THEN RELEASED OUR FINAL TOWN HALL REPORT OF OCTO IN OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR, 2023.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, JUST AS LINDSAY SAID, OUR FIRST TOWN HALL MEETING WAS HELD IN, UH, 2021.

WE HAD 42 COMMITTEE MEMBERS ATTENDING.

VIRTUALLY OUR APPROACH WAS TO GATHER THE QUALITATIVE DATA TO SEND TO THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF LIVES, LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND, AND WHAT THEY GO THROUGH WHEN THEY INTERACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

SO WE HAD TRAINED FACILITATORS ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS TO INITIATE CONVERSATIONS WHILE MAINTAINING A SAFE SPACE TO GATHER THAT FEEDBACK.

UM, HERE'S A SAMPLING OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE ASKED.

WE ASK ANYTHING FROM, YOU KNOW, HOW THEY IDENTIFY HOW THEY RELATE TO THEIR EXPERIENCE, UM, AS A PERSON WITH DISABILITIES, UM, HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THEIR SAFETY WHEN INTERACTION, INTERACTING WITH, UM, UH, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND WHAT THEY WANTED TO SEE IN A CONVERSATION TO MOVE TO MOVE, YEAH, TO MOVE THE CONVERSATION FORWARD.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO HERE'S SOME EXAMPLES OF THE FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS AT THE MEETING.

THESE ARE DIRECT QUOTES, THEY'RE UNEDITED, AND THEY WERE SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE NUANCE IN THE COMMUNITY.

CONCERNS ABOUT INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY.

I'M NOT GONNA READ ALL OF THEM, I'LL JUST PICK TWO OF THEM.

UH, SOME PEOPLE HAVE DISABILITIES THAT ARE NOT PHYSICAL AND VISIBLE, BUT STILL EXIST, STILL EXISTENT.

AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT FOR A VISUALLY IMPAIRED, FOR A VISUALLY IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS, NO EYE CONTACT CAN BE MISINTERPRETED BY POLICE.

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SO, OPO ANONYMIZED AND AGGREGATED THE RESPONSES DEVELOPED KEY INSIGHTS FROM THE TOWN HALL.

THESE INSIGHTS INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION SURROUNDING THE EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AND POLICING.

SO, UM, SOME OF THESE INSIGHTS, UM, THERE'S QUITE A FEW OF THEM, SO I'LL, I'LL READ THESE OUT TO Y'ALL AND TO KIND OF JUST BUILD OFF OF THEM.

SO, UH, FIRST INSIGHT IS CURRENT LAW ENFORCEMENT POLICIES AND PRACTICES ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES MAY BE SEEN AS A THREAT OR VIEWED AS DANGEROUS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THIS PERCEPTION BY POLICE OFFICERS, UM, CAN LEAD TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAVING A NEGATIVE INTERACTION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

UM, IT COULD RESULT IN, UM, MISUNDERSTANDING INJURY OR EVEN DEATH.

UH, A PD NEEDS TO UTILIZE MORE TRAINING RESOURCES, IMPROVED COMMUNICATION, AND INCREASE ENGAGEMENT IN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

THIS, UM, WITH, WITH IMPROVED COMMUNITY RELATIONS, THE BURDEN OF ENSURING LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDERSTANDS THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH DISABILITIES DOESN'T FALL ON THE INDIVIDUALS OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS OR THEIR CARETAKERS, AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, THE OUTCOME OF POLICE INTERACTIONS FOR SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY DEPENDS ON WHETHER THE OFFICER IS AWARE OF THE INDIVIDUAL'S NEED, UH, DISABILITY IN NEED.

THIS CREATES A DISADVANTAGE FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE, UM, INVISIBLE DISABILITIES OR INVIS A DISABILITY THAT AN OFFICER WOULDN'T OTHERWISE PERCEIVE VISUALLY.

UM, FOUR.

UM, THE INTERSECTION OF OTHER IDENTITIES AMONG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, THAT INTER WHEN MAKING POLICY, YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER, UM, THERE HAS TO BE CONSIDERATION GIVEN TO PEOPLE WHO ARE UNIQUELY IMPACTED BY THEIR VARIOUS SOCIAL CATEGORIZATIONS.

THAT INCLUDES RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER.

UM, WHEN POLICE ARE CALLED TO SCHOOL SYSTEMS, IT DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTS SCHOOL, UH, STUDENTS OF COLOR AND CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT THAT MAY HARM THE STUDENT AND PLAYS A ROLE IN THE BIGGER PICTURE OF SYSTEMIC RACISM IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

UM, THIS CAN LEAD TO LONG LASTING EFFECTS WITH TRAUMA FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES.

AND THE FINAL INSIGHT, UH, THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING RESOURCES AND TRAINING FOR OFFICERS HAS NEGATIVELY IMPACTED INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISES.

A PD SHOULD PROVIDE MORE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR OFFICERS TO IMPROVE INTERACTIONS WITH BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS.

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SO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, AGAIN, THE INSIGHTS WERE BASED OFF OF THE FEEDBACK WE COLLECTED FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND THEN THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WHAT OPO STAFF, UM, DO WE, UH, SYNTHESIZE AND DECIDED TO WOULD BE, WOULD INFORM THE NEXT COMMUNITY EVENT.

SO, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS ASKED US TO FOCUS ON BUILDING, UM, A CONVERSATION, UH, BASED ON EMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

UM, THEY ALSO WANTED US TO INCLUDE A CONVERSATION CENTERED ON INTERSECTIONALITY OR WHERE THEIR IDENTITY AS A PERSON WITH DISABILITIES INTERSECTS WITH THEIR, UM, SOCIAL CATEGORIZATIONS, INCLUDING RACE, GENDER, AND CLASS.

UM, THEY ALSO SPECIFICALLY ASKED US TO HAVE A PD PRESENT FOR THE NEXT CONVERSATION.

THEY WANTED A PD TO BE INCLUDED, AND THEY WANTED THEM TO BE A PART OF THE, THE MEETINGS TO BUILD MORE UNDERSTANDING.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO MOVING INTO TOWN HALL TWO, UM, IN JUNE OF 2022, OPO HOSTED THE SECOND TOWN HALL, UM, ON PUBLIC SAFETY FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

AND WE HAD 75 COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTEND THIS HYBRID EVENT BOTH ONLINE AND IN PERSON.

UM, DURING THIS EVENT, OPO STAFF AND OTHER CITY OF AUSTIN EMPLOYEES COLLECTED COMMUNITY FEEDBACK THROUGH TWO FACILITATED EXERCISES.

UM, THEY'RE DESCRIBED HERE ON THE SCREEN, BUT JUST, UM, A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF THOSE ACTIVITIES.

FIRST DISCUSSION, UM, WAS CENTERED AROUND INTERSECTIONALITY, AS SARAH MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY.

AND FOR THE SECOND ACTIVITY, UH, FACILITATORS REALLY FOCUSED ON PROVIDING ATTENDEES WITH REALLY REALISTIC SCENARIOS, UM, THAT COULD HELP DEMONSTRATE, DEMONSTRATE THE DIFFERENT PHASES OF POLICE ENCOUNTER AND HOW THOSE DIFFERENT PHASES CAN, UM, REPRESENT DIFFERENT CRITICAL POINTS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, AS YOU SEE HERE ON THE SCREEN, HERE ARE SOME ADDITIONAL QUOTES THAT, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS PROVIDED AT THE FOLLOWING TOWN HALL OR AT THE SECOND TOWN HALL.

UM, THESE ARE JUST EXAMPLES OF FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVED FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND ONCE AGAIN, THESE ARE UNEDITED.

UM, AND THEY WERE JUST SELECTED TO AGAIN, HIGHLIGHT THE NUANCE, UM, IN THE COMMUNITY CONCERNS.

SO, UM, ONE OF THE QUOTES, UM, SPEAKS ABOUT WHEN I GET BAD MIGRAINES OR GET FEEL FEARFUL THAT AN OFFICER MIGHT PULL UP AND THINK THAT I'M UNDER THE INFLUENCE, UM, BUT I'M REALLY JUST NOT FEELING WELL.

UM, AND THERE'S ADDITIONAL, UM, LANGUAGE THERE IN THE FOLLOWING QUOTE.

UM, IT STATES THAT DISABILITY ISN'T JUST ONE THING.

THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT DON'T PRESENT THE SAME WAY.

UM, SO THAT JUST KIND OF ENCAP ENCAPSULATE SOME OF THE, THE FEEDBACK AS, AS IT PERTAINS TO INTERSECTIONALITY AND JUST UNDERSTANDING THERE.

UM, WE TOOK THIS FEEDBACK FROM THESE DISCUSSIONS AND WE AGGREGATED IT AND ANONYMIZED IT, UM, AND TURNED IT INTO QUALITATIVE FEEDBACK.

UM, AND THAT WAY WE TURNED IT INTO QUALITATIVE DATA THAT WE WERE THEN ABLE TO ANALYZE.

ONCE WE CONDUCTED THE DATA SYNTHESIS OF THIS FEEDBACK, UM, WE WERE ABLE TO PUT FORTH SOME FINDINGS, UM, AND ALSO PUT FORTH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

MOVING INTO OUR TOWN HALL TWO FINDINGS.

UM, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, WE COULD BREAK DOWN THESE FINDINGS INTO THREE CATEGORIES, FEAR AND VULNERABILITY TRAINING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND UNDERSTANDING THE DIVERSITY OF DISABILITIES.

SO FOR FEAR AND VULNERABILITY, UM, THIS STRESS IS REALLY AMPLIFIED WHEN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE ALSO PART OF OTHER MARGINALIZED GROUPS.

UM, AS I MENTIONED PREVIOUSLY, THAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH DISABILITIES MAY FEEL VULNERABLE AND POWERLESS WHEN INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AND THIS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO AN OVERALL SENSE OF ANXIETY AND FEAR.

UM, AND THESE CONCERNS CAN ALSO OFTEN LEAD TO AN OVERALL AVOIDANCE OF POLICE INTERACTIONS ALTOGETHER, OR TURNING TO AL ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR TRAINING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, WE SEE HERE THAT THERE IS A DESIRE FOR MORE SPECIFIED TRAINING AND INCREASED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, JUST BECAUSE THAT THERE ARE EXPRESSED CONCERNS THAT A PD TRAINING IS NOT NECESSARILY FULLY INCLUSIVE OF THE VARIOUS EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

AND THAT COULD ALSO LEAD TO SOME NEGATIVE OUTCOMES.

FINALLY, FOR, UM, THE UNDERSTANDING PIECE AND UNDERSTANDING THE DIVERSITY OF DISABILITIES, UM, THESE MISUNDERSTANDINGS CAN LEAD TO MISCOMMUNICATIONS AS WELL AS UNNECESSARY ESCALATIONS, UM, IN SITUATIONS WHERE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH DISABILITIES ARE INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO ONTO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, SO BASED ON THE FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED THE SECOND TOWN HALL MEETING, OPO DEVELOPED A FINAL SET OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN, UM, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

SO OUR FIRST RECOMMENDATION IS

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CENTERED AROUND RESEARCH.

UM, A PD SHOULD COLLABORATE WITH THE CITY MANAGER AND OPO TO PROVIDE REGULAR UPDATES ON THE IMPLEMENTED STATUS IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF VARIOUS, UM, CONSULTANTS AND REPORTS TO IMPROVE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND AP OFFICERS.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE HAVE NO SHORTAGE OF MANY STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CONSULTANTS FROM THE MEADOWS REPORT IN 2019.

THE CITY AUDITORS REPORT IN 2018, UM, OPO DID A USE OF FORCE REPORT IN 2021, AND OF COURSE, THERE'S, UM, MANY KROLL REPORTS.

UM, YOU KNOW, EVERY ONE OF THESE REPORTS PROVIDES EXCELLENT INSIGHTS AND ACTIONABLE RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO THERE SHOULD BE AN ONGOING STATUS UPDATE ON HOW THESE ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED BECAUSE MANY OF THEM DO, UM, IMPACT DIRECTLY, UM, THE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, A BD SHOULD EXAMINE, OR, SORRY, NEXT, OUR NEXT, UH, SET OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO FOCUS ON DATA.

UH, A BD SHOULD EXAMINE HOW IT DOCUMENTS, MEASURES, AND PUBLISHES DATA ON THE INTERACTIONS BRING OFFICERS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SPECIFICALLY HOW THE DATA IS GATHERED, CATEGORIZED, AND REPORTED TO THE PUBLIC.

SO CURRENTLY, THE, THE DATA THAT IS COLLECTED IS FOCUSED ON, UM, MENTAL HEALTH.

UM, AND, AND OF COURSE YOU GUYS KNOW THAT'S JUST ONE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

SO IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE BROADER EXPERIENCE, THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE DATA COLLECTED.

UM, THE NEXT RECOMMENDATION IS, UH, A PD SHOULD WORK WITH OPO TO REVIEW OUR COMPLAINTS SUBMITTED BY COMMUNITY MEMBERS, UM, THAT ARE EITHER BY SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY OR INVOLVING SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY.

UM, WE CAN DO THIS BY, UH, LOOKING AT KEY PHRASES OR, OR FOR EXAMPLE, US MENTIONING OF A SERVICE ANIMAL OR A WHEELCHAIR IN THE COMPLAINT.

THIS CAN BE, UH, REVIEWED AS GENERAL FEEDBACK, UH, ON HOW TO, IF THERE'S A TRAINING OPPORTUNITY OR PERHAPS A COMMUNICATION, UM, A MISCOMMUNICATION THAT'S HAPPENING, OR EVEN A PUBLIC, UH, AWARENESS CAMPAIGN THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN THE FINAL SLIDE.

UH, SO FINAL DATA RECOMMENDATION IS, UM, A PD SHOULD COLLABORATE WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO DEVELOP MORE INCLUSIVE WAYS TO COLLECT DATA REPRESENTING THE DIVERSE LIVE EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

SO THIS IS SOMETHING CONSISTENT AT EVERY SINGLE EVENT WE HAD, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS REPEATEDLY OFFERED TO PROVIDE INPUT, FEEDBACK, OR OTHERWISE HELP A PD, UM, IMPROVE ITS SERVICE DELIVERY.

UM, THEY WERE ENTHUSIASTIC, THEY WERE PASSIONATE, AND THEY WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.

THEY WANTED TO AID A PD, THEY VOLUNTEERED TO DO WHATEVER.

UM, THIS IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR A PD TO BUILD TRUST WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND COLLECT MEANINGFUL DATA AND DEVELOP ACTIONABLE IMPROVEMENTS TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE, UM, BY WORKING WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO HELP UNDERSTAND WHAT SHOULD BE MEASURED IN TERMS OF DATA, UM, SO THAT THEY CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND, UM, THE EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO MOVING INTO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE TOWN HALL.

UM, THE SECOND TOWN HALL, UM, A PD SHOULD IDENTIFY STAFF WHOSE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH FOCUS ENTAILS BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO PROMOTE A MORE INCLUSIVE PUBLIC SAFETY LANDSCAPE.

THE LIAISON SHOULD CONNECT DIRECTLY WITH PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE AND THEIR SUPPORT NETWORKS, LIKE SERVICE PROVIDERS, CARE PROVIDERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND OTHERS TO SEEK INSIGHTS AND FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY ON HOW THEIR NEEDS COULD BE BETTER MET BY A PD AND AGAIN, PERTAINING TO SO, UM, TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, OPO DOES RECOMMEND THAT A PD IDENTIFY STRATEGIES FOR OFFICERS TO INCREASE THEIR LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT, UM, TO REALLY JUST BUILD TRUST AND DEMONSTRATE RECEPTIVITY TO COMMUNITY FEEDBACK.

UM, AGAIN, THIS CAN INCLUDE, UM, MEETING WITH, UH, NETWORKS SUPPORT NET NETWORKS LIKE SERVICE PROVIDERS, BUT IT COULD ALSO INCLUDE, UM, HOSTING EVENTS AND, UM, OTHER, OTHER ENGAGEMENTS TO RECEIVE DIRECT FEEDBACK FROM PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE.

UM, OPO ALSO RECOMMENDS THAT A PD SHOULD ATTEND AT LEAST THREE COMMUNITY EVENTS ANNUALLY THAT ARE HOSTED BY ORGANIZATIONS OR PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND FINALLY, FOR TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, A PD SHOULD INTEGRATE RELEVANT MATERIALS INCLUDING SCHOLARLY RESEARCH, NEWS ARTICLES, AND WRITING BY PEOPLE WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE INTO THE A PD TRAINING ACADEMY MODULES RELATED TO PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

NOW, FOR THIS FIRST TRAINING, UM, RECOMMENDATION, OPO IS REFERRING TO, UM, MATERIALS THAT WOULD AUGMENT THE EXISTING, UM, ACADEMY CURRICULUM BY PROVIDING MORE ANECDOTAL INSIGHTS, UM, FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE LIVING WITH VARIOUS DISABILITIES.

UM, AND WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT OFFICERS BE ENCOURAGED TO PURSUE, UM, AND VERY CLEARLY ENCOURAGED TO PURSUE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT DO STRENGTHEN THEIR ABILITY

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TO BETTER INTERACT WITH COMMUNITIES LIVING WITH DISABILITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OKAY, SO NEXT STEPS.

SO, WHILE THIS REPORT REC, UM, HIGHLIGHTS MANY AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT, WE THINK THERE'S EVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD TRUST WITH THE COMMUNITY AND DEMONSTRATE A COMMITMENT TO, FOR SAFETY FOR ALL.

UM, OPO INTENTIONALLY CENTERED PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THROUGHOUT THIS PROJECT, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT LIVED EXPERIENCE IS LIVED EXPERTISE AT EVERY EVENT, COMMUNITY MEMBERS OPENLY AND HONESTLY SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES, THEIR CONCERNS, THEIR CHALLENGES RELATED TO INTERACTING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

THIS FEEDBACK PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY MEMBERS IS DATA, AND I'M GONNA PARAPHRASE WHAT I HAVE HERE ON THE, ON THE SLIDE, IT'S A QUOTE FROM THE POLICE, UM, EXECUTIVE RESEARCH FORUM.

YOU, YOU CAN'T MANAGE WHAT YOU DON'T MEASURE.

UM, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW.

WE, AS CITY SERVICE PROVIDERS, WE CAN'T IMPROVE PROCESSES OR SERVICES IF WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS NEED.

AND, UM, WE CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY NEED IF WE DON'T ASK THEM.

DATA LIKE THIS CAN VALIDATE EXISTING EFFORTS, WHICH, UM, UH, CHIEF GREENWELL WILL BE TALKING ABOUT SOME GREAT STUFF THAT THEY'RE ALREADY DOING.

SO IT CAN VALIDATE THOSE EFFORTS, BUT IT CAN ALSO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE WOULD'VE NEVER CONSIDERED BECAUSE WE ARE NOT IN THAT LIVED EXPERIENCE, WE'RE NOT IN THAT SPACE.

SO THIS FEEDBACK INDICATES THAT THIS COMMUNITY FEELS UNDERSERVED, AND WE WANT TO FACILITATE A WAY FOR A PD TO CONNECT WITH THESE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND TO BUILD UPON THOSE EXISTING EFFORTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, BEFORE I WRAP UP, I WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY GROUPS WHO WORKED SO HARD WITH US TO DESIGN THIS EVENT.

UM, WE HAVE APAR, UH, APAR TEXAS.

YOU ARE, YOU ARE OUR HOPE SAFE AND THE SAFE ALLIANCE, UM, TEXAS PARENT TO PARENT.

UM, AND THE, UH, CITY'S A DA PROGRAM.

UM, THEY WORKED WITH US ON A PLANNING COMMISSION TO HELP DESIGN OUR SECOND EVENT.

UM, AGAIN, LIVED EXPERIENCES, LIVED EXER EXPERTISE.

THEY HELPED US UNDERSTAND OUR OWN BLIND SPOTS AND WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO TO MAKE THIS A FULLY INCLUSIVE EVENT.

UM, WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO THEM FOR TRUSTING US TO HOLD THAT SPACE FOR THOSE CRITICAL DISCUSSIONS, AND WE SINCERELY THANK THEM, UM, AND ALL THE PARTICIPANTS FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE.

UM, SORRY, GO AHEAD.

OH, OH, I CAN DO IT.

I CAN DO IT AGAIN, .

I ALSO NEED TO THANK, UM, THE CITY OF AUSTIN VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED US HOST THIS EVENT.

SO ONE THING I REALLY WANNA POINT OUT THAT I THINK IS INCREDIBLY UNIQUE ABOUT THIS WHOLE PROJECT IS THAT, OKAY, SO OPO IS A SMALL STAFF.

THERE'S, THERE'S, UM, THIS IS A BIG INITIATIVE, UM, TO HOST BOTH A HYBRID EVENT AND THEN, UH, IN 2022 AND THEN THE FULLY VIRTUAL EVENT IN 2021, WE UTILIZE VOLUNTEERS FROM HRD, THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, FROM THE IT DEPARTMENT, FROM CODE WHO JUST WERE PASSIONATE AND INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT, WHO GAVE UP THEIR SATURDAY TO DONATE THEIR TIME TO WORK ON THIS.

AND I, WE HAD 20 PEOPLE WHO CAME OUTSIDE OF THEIR ROLE TO COME HELP US WORK ON THIS PROJECT.

AND I, I CAN'T EMPHASIZE HOW SPECIAL AND UNIQUE THAT IS AT THE CITY.

UM, SO I REALLY, REALLY THANK EVERY SINGLE VOLUNTEER WHO CAME OUT AND WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO ATTEND TRAINING, TO, UH, LEARN HOW TO INTERACT AND CREATE A SAFE SPACE FOR FOLKS WITH DISABILITIES, AND THEN GIVE UP A WHOLE DAY TO COME HELP ME AND LINDSAY AND MY COLLEAGUES, UH, HOST THIS EVENT.

I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE OFFICERS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT.

UM, CHIEF KOEN CAME OUT HIMSELF, LIEUTENANT, UH, LAURA LAWRENCE DAVIS, OFFICER JOHN GABRIEL'S SON AND OFFICER FRANK CREE.

WE'VE ALSO HAD A LOT OF OFFICERS JUST ANECDOTALLY WHO ARE, WHO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT, WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THIS WORK AND INTEREST IN OUR RECOMMENDATIONS.

WHEN WE WERE IN LIMBO WAITING TO GET OUR REPORT PUBLISHED, THEY ASKED US, THEY CAME UP TO OUR STAFF AND SAID, HEY, WHEN IS THAT REPORT COMING OUT? I WANNA KNOW WHAT YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE.

I WANNA KNOW WHAT, WHAT WE CAN DO BETTER.

THERE IS A HUGE POSITIVE ENERGY AROUND THIS AND I CAN'T EMPHASIZE ENOUGH HOW, HOW SPECIAL THAT IS.

THE COMMUNITY'S ASKING FOR THIS STAFF, IDENTIFY IT AS A NEED.

OFFICERS ARE, IDENTIFY IT AS A NEED.

SO I REALLY, UM, THINK THAT THAT'S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO FOR, FOR ANYONE THAT'S INTERESTED IN ACCESSING A READING THE REPORT, YOU CAN VISIT, UM, ATX POLICE OVERSIGHT.ORG TO ACCESS THE REPORT AND READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETY.

AND THIS REPORT IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, AND IT'S ALSO SCREEN READER, UM, COMPATIBLE.

YOU CAN ALSO ACCESS, UM, BRAILLE COPIES OF THIS REPORT.

UM, WE ACTUALLY HAVE A FEW ON HAND TODAY.

UM, BUT THOSE CAN ALSO BE, UM, THOSE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE BEHIND REQUEST, UM, BY CALLING 5 1 2 9 7 4.

UM, AGAIN, THAT'S

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5 1 2 9 7 4 90, AND WE WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO GET YOU A COPY OF THE BRAILLE REPORT OR TO ANSWER ANY OTHER QUESTIONS THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THIS WORK.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

AND OF COURSE, WE WOULD LOVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF PROMOTION.

UM, OUR NEXT POLICE OVERSIGHT IMPLEMENTATION WORK GROUP MEETING WILL BE ON FEBRUARY 22ND OF THIS YEAR, UM, FROM 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM AND THAT'LL BE TAKING PLACE AT THE ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER AT 84 0 1 CAMERON ROAD.

UM, AND BE SURE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THAT.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED VERY SOON.

UM, AND AGAIN, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT, UM, THIS WORK GROUP OR THE WORK THAT THE WORK GROUP WILL BE, UM, EMBARKING UPON.

WE, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU, UM, JOIN US FOR THAT EVENT OR FOR FUTURE EVENTS.

THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, CHIEF GREENWALD, I KNOW, UH, I WAS, I WAS HOPING THAT YOU COULD SPEAK TO US, BUT BEFORE WE DO, I DID WANT, I, I HAD ONE STATEMENT THAT I WANTED TO READ OUT LOUD.

UM, ROBIN ORLOWSKI, WHICH IS A FORMER, UM, SHE SUBMITTED SOME COMMENTS.

SHE WASN'T ABLE TO JOIN US TODAY AND SHE ASKED THAT WE READ HER COMMENTS INTO THE RECORD, SO I'M GONNA BE DOING THAT RIGHT NOW.

BRIEFLY.

UM, SHE SAID HELLO, ALTHOUGH I'M UNABLE TO BE BE HERE IN PERSON DUE TODAY, I DO NOT WANNA THANK THE OFFICE OF POLICE OVERSIGHT AND FORMER OP DIRECTOR FARRA MUSIN PREVIOUSLY HAVING BEEN TICKETED AND TOLD TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE FOR HAVING A SEIZURE WHILE WALKING ON A SIDEWALK.

I WANTED MY LIVED EXPERIENCE AS A PERSON WITH DISABILITIES ADDRESSED AT A COMMUNITY BREAKFAST, WHICH THE MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES HAVE PROACTIVELY, UM, INVITED ME TO EXPECTING ONLY AN APOLOGY WHEN THE SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE AND CONCERNS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WERE EXCLUDED.

I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED WHEN OPO STAFF PROACTIVELY SUGGESTED HOLDING A TOWN HALL ABOUT THE POLICE EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

I SUBSEQUENTLY SERVED ON A WORK GROUP WITH OPO STAFF TO SUFFICIENTLY ADDRESS COMMUNITY INTEREST.

THE SECOND EVENT WAS ALSO SCHEDULED BECAUSE OF OUR DISABILITIES.

WE ENCOUNTER POLICE MORE THAN OUR