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[00:00:03]

OKAY,

[CALL TO ORDER]

GUYS, I'M, I'M DONE WITH THE QUIET.

WE'RE GONNA GET STARTED.

.

UM, WE HAVE JUST ENOUGH PEOPLE TO, UM, HAVE QUORUM.

WE MIGHT HAVE A FEW MORE COMMISSIONERS TRICKLING IN ONLINE, SO IF YOU GUYS COULD JUST LET ME KNOW IF ANYBODY DOES POP IN.

I BELIEVE POTENTIALLY.

COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT.

UM, WE'LL BE SIGNING ON ONLINE.

AND THEN I AM ALSO EXPECTING COMMISSIONER RUTAN.

SO WITH THAT, UM, WELCOME TO OUR APRIL 1ST MEETING OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, I WILL START WITH ROLL CALL.

UM, COMMISSIONER REYES.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER HERMES MEYER PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER HALL MARTIN.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES.

PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER SMITH PRESENT.

COMMISSIONER RAMIREZ WILL MARK HERSELF AS PRESENT TO GIVE COMMISSIONER NGUYEN A SECOND TO GET TO HIS MIC.

COMMISSIONER NGUYEN PRESIDENT.

OKAY.

UM, AND WITH THAT, COMMISSIONER ORR, NOT YET.

COMMISSIONER RUTAN AND COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT ALL NOT PRESENT SO FAR.

OKAY.

UM, AND WITH THAT, WELCOME, WE DO NOT HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION TODAY, SO THINGS SHOULD MOVE ALONG NICE AND QUICKLY.

UM, WE WILL MOVE

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ON TO THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

YOU GUYS SHOULD HAVE THOSE IN FRONT OF YOU.

I BELIEVE THERE WERE SOME HARD COPIES IN HERE AND THEY WERE POSTED ONLINE.

UM, DO WE HAVE ANY CORRECTIONS OR NOTES FOR THE MINUTES FROM ANYONE? OKAY.

WITH THAT, I'LL GO AHEAD AND MAKE A CALL FOR, UH, MOTION TO PASS THE MINUTES.

SECOND.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES.

THANK YOU.

AND A SECOND.

SECOND.

COMMISSIONER N NEN.

THANK YOU.

AND THEN WE'LL JUST DO A VOTE.

COMMISSIONER REYES APPROVED.

COMMISSIONER HERMES MEYER APPROVED COMMISSIONER HALL.

MARTIN APPROVED.

COMMISSIONER NGUYEN APPROVED.

COMMISSIONER HOLMES APPROVED.

COMMISSIONER SMITH APPROVED.

OKAY.

THANK YOU EVERYONE THAT MOVED ALONG NICELY.

CAN YOU CHAIR AS WELL? YES, THANK YOU.

AND I'LL VOTE FOR YES AS WELL.

THANK YOU.

AND WITH THAT, WE WILL JUST GET STARTED.

WE

[2. Public Safety Quarterly Report, Austin Police Department]

HAVE A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT THIS TIME.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

HAPPY TO GO OVER THE DATA THAT'S IN, UH, THIS, UH, SLIDE DECK.

YOU CAN, UH, MOVE ON TO SLIDE TWO, PLEASE.

I AM GONNA BREEZE THROUGH THE FIRST 10 OR SO SLIDES BECAUSE A LOT OF IT IS JUST DATA POINTS THAT NOBODY WILL REMEMBER, AND IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN BACKUP IF ANYBODY WANTS TO REVIEW IT AT THEIR LEISURE.

BUT I DO WANNA POINT OUT ON THIS SLIDE, YOU'RE GONNA SEE A LOT OF SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED CRIME STATISTICS FOR THIS QUARTER.

UM, WE HAVE A CUTOFF DATE OF MARCH 20TH, SO IT'S MISSING 11 DAYS THAT AREN'T INCLUDED YET.

AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE OUR ROTATION IN THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEXT QUARTER, AND I WANTED TO BRING THAT UP FOR JUST, UM, FOR BRAINSTORMING.

YOU GUYS CAN JUST LET US KNOW IN THE FUTURE IF YOU WANNA REDO THAT ORDER SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A COMPLETE QUARTER OF CRIME STATS.

WE'RE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

IF NOT, IT'LL CONTINUE TO BE ABOUT A, A WEEK AND A HALF, UH, SHORT.

IT'S UP TO YOU GUYS ON HOW YOU WANT US TO DO THAT, BUT WE DO UPDATE THOSE IN ARREARS.

BUT ON THE, THE FIRST DAY AFTER A QUARTER, IT'S GOTTA BE JUST A LITTLE BIT SHORT SO WE HAVE TIME TO GET THOSE READY.

UH, BUT, UH, SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED CRIME STATS YOU CAN MOVE THROUGH.

I THINK, UM, WE HAVE BROKEN IT DOWN BY SECTOR ON THE NEXT SLIDE.

COUNCIL DISTRICT ON THE NEXT ONE.

AND HOTSPOTS ON SLIDE FIVE FOR CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS AND CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY.

STARTS ON SIX CONTINUED CRIME REDUCTION, AND WE'RE GONNA BREAK IT DOWN BY SECTOR IN COUNCIL DISTRICT AND HOTSPOTS FOR THE CRIMES AGAINST, AGAINST PROPERTY AS WELL.

ALL THAT'S AVAILABLE FOR YOU GUYS TO LOOK AT IN THE BACKUP.

I DO WANNA PAUSE A LITTLE BIT ON SLIDE 10 AND JUST KIND OF LET IT, LET IT, UM, SIT FOR A SECOND.

UM, SO YOU GUYS CAN SEE THE, THE CITYWIDE RESPONSE TIMES STILL NOT QUITE WHERE WE WANT TO SEE 'EM A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.

IN TERMS OF PROGRESS THAT WE'RE MAKING, UM, WE, WE DID IMPLEMENT A NEW PATROL RESPONSE MODEL WHERE WE HAVE A SPECIFIC UNIT CALLED THE RESOURCE INTENSIVE SERVICE CALL UNIT.

THE RISK UNIT ARE GOING OUT AND HANDLING SOME OF THOSE CALLS THAT OTHERWISE WOULD TIE UP A LOT OF RESOURCES.

AND ALTHOUGH IT'S EARLY ON IN THE IMPLEMENTATION, THE NUMBERS WE'RE SEEING ARE SO FAR VERY PROMISING.

MOVING ON TO SLIDE 11, WE BROKE IT DOWN BY COUNCIL DISTRICT.

AND THEN ON 12, JUST A, A WAY TO KIND OF SEE A TOTALITY OF EVERYTHING WE'RE LOOKING AT BY MONTH SO EVERYBODY CAN SEE THE EMERGENCY AND URGENT CALLS THAT WE RECEIVED.

[00:05:01]

UM, AND HOW THAT'S TRENDED FOR, FOR WHATEVER REASON, MARCH WAS A LITTLE BIT LIGHT.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE OUTTA TOWN FOR SPRING BREAK AND SOUTH BY JUST HAD UP A LOT OF RESOURCES.

UM, AND, AND WE SEE LOWER NUMBERS.

SO SLIDE 13, OUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE'RE STARTING TO REPORT OUT, UH, AS YOU KNOW FROM LAST TIME, A LOT OF THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY.

THIS INVOLVES NOT ONLY THE, THE REGULAR TYPE OF COMMANDER FORM OR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS THAT WE DO BY SECTOR, BUT ALL THE SPECIALTY BREAKOUTS AS WELL.

COFFEE WITH A COP, THEY'RE, THEY'RE ALL LISTED THERE AND WE'RE TRYING TO GATHER MORE PICTURES AS WELL, SO WE CAN HAVE THOSE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

ONE OF THE ONES DOWN THERE AT THE BOTTOM IS OUR BEACON EVENT.

UH, WE HAVE A NEW PROGRAM WHERE WE'RE REACHING OUT AND ENGAGING WITH OUR FOSTER YOUTH COMMUNITY WHO ARE ABOUT TO AGE OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND BRIDGE THE GAP AND GIVE THEM, UM, OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT AND LIFE SKILLS, UH, AS THEY TURN 18 AND GO OUT INTO THE, THE QUOTE UNQUOTE REAL WORLD.

AND YOU CAN GO ON TO SLIDE 14, OVERTIME, BUDGET VERSUS HOURS, WORKED THE OVERTIME BUDGET THROUGH THE YEAR.

AND SLIDE 15, THE OVERALL OVERALL BUDGET HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR AT 46% ON SLIDE 16, YOU'LL SEE THE CADET CLASS NUMBERS A LITTLE BIT MORE PROMISING THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.

UH, WE'RE ABOUT TO GRADUATE 40 CADETS ON APRIL 19TH, AND WE STILL HAVE, UM, 71 CADETS IN THE CLASS THAT'S STILL IN THE ACADEMY.

AND I WILL POINT OUT THAT THE HUNDRED 53RD, THE, THE BOX ON THE RIGHT SHOWS 119 IN THE HIRING PROCESS.

THAT'S STILL PRETTY EARLY ON.

THIS IS THE FIRST CLASS THAT WE DID WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE EXAM.

WE HAD ABOUT 500 OR SO THAT WERE SIGNED UP AND ONLY, UM, A FRACTION OF THAT SHOWED UP AND PASSED THE TEST.

SO WE STARTED OUT WITH 202 PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP AND PASSED THE TEST.

AND WE'RE DOWN TO 119 AND WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF DISQUALIFICATIONS THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY HAVE WEED OUT EARLIER IN THE PROCESS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THEM AFTER THE CIVIL SERVICE TEST STARTED.

SO RIGHT NOW WE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THAT IS GOING TO YIELD IN TERMS OF CADETS.

UH, WE HOPE IT'S AS MANY AS POSSIBLE, BUT AS POSSIBLE THAT THAT NUMBER WILL DWINDLE AS THAT DISQUALIFICATION AND THAT VETTING PROCESS CONTINUES.

WE DO HAVE ANOTHER CIVIL SERVICE EXAM SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 3RD WITH THAT, THAT CLASS WILL START IN JANUARY.

AND IF, UH, SLIDE 17 SHOWS THE CONTINUED STAFFING VACANCY, UM, ISSUES THAT WE HAVE, A LOT OF PROGRESS WAS MADE IN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS.

UM, JUST A QUICK SHOUT OUT TO WHAT THEY'RE DOING OVER THERE.

THEY HIRED, UM, A LOT OF PEOPLE IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME, WHICH IS EXTREMELY HELPFUL, BUT IT WAS PRETTY LABOR INTENSIVE ON THEIR TRAINING STAFF TO BE ABLE TO ONBOARD THOSE PERSONS AND DO THE ON THE JOB TRAINING AND GET THEM, UH, TRANSITIONED UP.

BUT WE'RE ALREADY HEARING A LOT OF REALLY AMAZING KIND OF TURNAROUND STORIES ON THE STRESS LEVEL THAT IS CAUSING THEM NOT HAVING TO WORK AS MUCH OVERTIME AND, AND BE AS SHORT STAFFED AS THEY ARE.

SO WE'RE HAPPY TO SEE THAT 342 VACANCIES, UH, OR TRUE VACANCIES AT THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH OUR SWORN STAFFING.

AND, UM, AS YOU GUYS PROBABLY KNOW, THERE'S 150 THAT WERE, UM, RECOMMENDED BACK IN 2019 THAT WERE TAKEN AWAY.

SO, UM, THE, THE LEVEL THAT WE NEED TO GET BACK TO WHERE WE WERE PRE 2020 AND PROVIDE THAT LEVEL OF CUSTOMER SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, WE'RE ABOUT 500 OFFICERS SHORT.

MOVING ON TO SLIDE 18, IT BREAKS IT OUT BY COMMAND.

EVERY TIME WE HAVE A CADET CLASS THAT GRADUATES, WE TRY OUR BEST TO LEVEL THAT OUT AND, AND PUT THOSE NEW OFFICERS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE IN ORDER TO LEVEL THAT OUT AS PEOPLE PROMOTE OR SEPARATE FOR ANY REASON.

UH, IT JUST GETS A LITTLE BIT WONKY, BUT AS WE, UH, GRADUATE, SOME FOLKS HERE AT THE END OF APRIL, THEY'LL BE ASSIGNED TO THE AREAS THAT ARE LOWEST.

AND THEN, UH, I WANT TO JUST, UM, I'M SORRY, I DID MISS ON SLIDE 17, UM, THE LITTLE BUBBLE OFF TO THE, TO THE RIGHT, WE HAVE SEVEN NEW CIVILIAN STAFF THAT WERE HIRED AT THE TRAINING ACADEMY DUE TO THE KROLL RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND THAT'S ACTUALLY THE, UH, THE REPORT OUT THAT YOU GUYS ARE GONNA GET IN MAY.

UM, I BELIEVE THE STAFF IS GONNA COME OUT AND DO A FULL KIND OF UNPACKING OF EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE WITH THAT PROCESS.

SO I, I APOLOGIZE FOR GOING OUT OF ORDER, BUT I WANNA MAKE SURE WE HIGHLIGHT THAT, THAT THOSE SEVEN PEOPLE ARE HIRED.

THEY'RE JUMPING IN, UM, FULL-TIME AND, AND WITH FRESH LEGS TO TRY TO GET AS MUCH OF THAT DONE AS THEY CAN IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME.

THEY'VE BEEN WORKING VERY, VERY HARD OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS TO, TO GET WHERE THEY ARE.

UM, MR. MCGRATH IS A RETIRED LIEUTENANT FROM FLORIDA AND HE'S HERE IN A CIVILIAN ROLE IMPLEMENTING THESE CHANGES.

AND WE HAVE A NEW COMMANDER AT THE ACADEMY AND CHIEF GLIN IS STILL THE ASSISTANT CHIEF OUT THERE.

AND THEY PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER IN SHORT ORDER AND WE'LL HAVE, I THINK A GOOD PROGRESS REPORT IN MAY WHEN WE RECONVENE ON THAT TOPIC.

AND IF WE GO TO 19, UM, OUR DATA PORTAL IS LIVE AND A LOT OF THE INFORMATION THAT PEOPLE ARE CURIOUS ABOUT OR WANTING TO SEE IS AVAILABLE.

ALL OF THE MODULES ARE NOT COMPLETELY ONLINE YET, BUT IF YOU GO TO THE DATA PORTAL,

[00:10:01]

YOU CAN START TO PLAY AROUND WITH IT.

WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY GOES TO THE PORTAL AND INTERACTS WITH IT AND KIND OF GETS A FEEL FOR WHAT'S AVAILABLE AND HOW TO GET THE INFORMATION THEY WANT AND NEED.

UM, AND IF THERE'S ANY SORT OF RECOMMENDATIONS YOU GUYS HAVE ON SOMETHING THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER OR OR INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP OUT, LET US KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

WE HOPE TO, UM, REDUCE THE, THE PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE REQUEST THAT WE GET BECAUSE A LOT OF 'EM CAN BE ANSWERED THROUGH THE DATA PORTAL INFORMATION BY EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY ON WHAT INFORMATION IS OUT THERE AT THEIR FINGERTIPS WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

SO AS THIS PROCESS ROLLS OUT AND BECOMES MORE AND MORE COMPLETE, UM, YOU'RE GONNA SEE SOME PUBLIC COMMUNICATION FROM A PD ABOUT HOW THE, THE COMMUNITY CAN GO GET THAT INFORMATION.

AND, UM, I THINK IT WOULD PROBABLY BE HELPFUL IF YOU GUYS ARE INTERESTED TO HAVE THEM COME AND TALK TO YOU GUYS TOO IN THE, IN THE COMING MONTHS TO KIND OF UNPACK WHAT THAT PORTAL LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT'S AVAILABLE.

SO YOU GUYS CAN SEE THAT AS WELL.

I FEEL LIKE I BLEW THROUGH THAT KIND OF FAST.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU GUYS HAVE, BUT I'M TRYING NOT TO BORE YOU WITH THE STATISTICS ON THE FRONT END.

NO, THAT'S OKAY.

UM, DO WE HAVE QUESTIONS FROM ANYONE? I KNOW THAT WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION IF EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CATCH UP A BIT.

UM, I HAD SOME QUESTIONS.

UM, COULD YOU TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE RESOURCE, RESOURCE INTENSIVE CALL UNIT? WHAT THAT MEANS? WHAT, HOW, HOW YOU GUYS ARE USING, WHAT KIND OF CALLS YOU GUYS ARE RESPONDING TO WITH THAT? ABSOLUTELY.

SO WHEN WE STARTED LOSING OFFICERS AND HAVING TROUBLE IN STAFFING, IT WAS JUST A NATURAL CONVERSATION TO SAY, ARE WE STILL UTILIZING OUR PEOPLE AS EFFICIENTLY KNOWING THAT IT JUST LOOKS DIFFERENT? WE JUST DON'T HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE TO GO, WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE EACH SHIFT.

UM, THERE WERE, UM, PATROL SHIFTS THAT WERE SHOWING UP WITH LIKE TWO OFFICERS, THREE OFFICERS.

UH, SO IT DIDN'T MAKE SENSE TO CONTINUE ON WITH THAT STRATEGY.

WHEN THE RESEARCH AND PLANNING TEAM STARTED LOOKING AT THE STATISTICS AND THE DATA AND THE CALLS, WHAT THEY SAW WAS THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF CALLS THAT OFFICERS JUST SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON, AND IT'S NO SURPRISE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SHOOTINGS AND STABBINGS AND BANK ROBBERIES AND THOSE SORTS OF THINGS.

AG, ASSAULTS, ANYTHING WHERE YOU NEED TO KIND OF WATCH OVER OR GUARD A CRIME SCENE OR INTERVIEW MULTIPLE WITNESSES OR WAIT FOR THE DETECTIVES TO RESPOND TO THE SCENE BECAUSE IT'S AN INVOLVED SCENE.

UM, WE, WE FOUND THAT OUR OFFICERS WERE JUST KIND OF SITTING ON THOSE CALLS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

WE HAD FOUR EVENING SHIFTS, UM, IN EACH SECTOR.

AND EACH OF THOSE EVENING SHIFTS HAD A SERGEANT AND A CORPORAL, AND WITH LESS AND LESS OFFICERS, WE FOUND THAT THAT SUPERVISION TO SUBORDINATE RATIO WASN'T AS EFFICIENT AS BEFORE.

SO WE TOOK THE SERGEANTS AND WE TOOK THE CORPORALS AND PUT THEM INTO THIS UNIT.

AND NOW THEY ARE QUASI, UH, CORPORAL FOR PATROL, BUT ALSO KIND OF A DETECTIVE, UM, MINDSET.

AND THE IDEA IS THAT THEY GO TO THESE CALLS AND RELEASE PATROL BACK TO, UM, BEING, UH, AVAILABLE FOR SERVICE OR ANY OTHER CALLS THAT MIGHT COME IN OR TO PATROL THAT ARE THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD OR GET TO KNOW THEIR PEOPLE, DO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WHATEVER IT IS THEY NEED TO DO, UH, AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE.

SO WHENEVER THERE'S THESE TYPES OF CALLS THAT COME OUT, THEY'LL GO TO THAT SCENE AND THEY WILL TAKE OVER THAT SCENE RELEASE PATROL BACK TO WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

IF FOR WHATEVER REASON THERE'S NOT THAT TYPE OF CALL OUT AT THE TIME, THEN THEY JUST SUPPORT PATROL AND KNOCK OUT AS MANY CALLS AS THEY CAN TO SUPPORT IN ANY WAY THAT THEY CAN.

SO, UH, WE'RE 30 DAYS IN, UM, YOU KNOW, STILL SOME WRINKLES TO IRON OUT, BUT WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THAT THERE IS A, A GOOD COLLABORATION BETWEEN PATROL AND THE RISK UNIT AND A GOOD COLLABORATION BETWEEN RISK UNIT AND THE DETECTIVES IS ACTUALLY LIGHTNING THE LOAD OF THE DETECTIVES A LITTLE BIT SO THAT THEY'RE NOT CALLED OUT AS MUCH, WHICH, UM, THE DETECTIVES RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF THE HIGH CASELOAD SHORT STAFFING AND THE BACKFILL THAT THEY'RE REQUIRED TO DO, UM, ON TOP OF TRYING TO JUST DO NORMAL LIFE AND PERSONAL VACATIONS AND TRAINING AND SICK TIME, UM, THEY'RE PRETTY STRESSED OUT.

THEY'RE PRETTY STRESSED OUT RIGHT NOW.

SO FOR THEM NOT TO HAVE TO RESPOND OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AS MUCH IS HELPING THEM.

AND WE HOPE TO SEE THAT AS A TREND MOVING FORWARD.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? I MEAN, I HAVE A LIST, BUT, UM, I, I'M, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR BACK MORE ABOUT THE RESOURCE INTENSIVE CALL UNIT AS YOU GUYS GO, AND, AND IDENTIFYING WHETHER OR NOT, I MEAN, IN THE FUTURE, JUST KIND OF THINKING THROUGH WHETHER OR NOT THERE ARE LIKE NON P ONE P ZERO CALL, LIKE LOWER PRIORITY CALLS, WHERE THAT KIND OF APPROACH THAT, I MEAN, I'M SURE THERE ARE LOWER PRIORITY CALLS THAT ARE ALSO RESOURCE INTENSIVE IN TERMS OF TIME MIGHT NOT BE AS MANY BODIES, BUT LIKE TIME-WISE, AND IT'D BE INTERESTING TO SORT OF PLAY WITH THAT SAME SORT OF IDEA FOR, THEY DID IT ON, UH, RE REGARDLESS OF THE PRIORITY OF THE CALL.

OKAY.

THEY DID IT ON HOW MUCH, HOW MUCH TIME AN OFFICER WOULD SPEND ON IT.

OKAY.

SO IF AN OFFICER SPENT, I CAN'T REMEMBER THE THRESHOLD, BUT IF AN OFFICER SPENDS MORE THAN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME ON A CALL OR IT REQUIRED A CERTAIN NUMBER OF OFFICERS JUST TO MAINTAIN THE CALL, THAT WAS THE THRESHOLD, NOT NECESSARILY A PRIORITY.

OH, OKAY.

SO THERE, SO YOU'RE USING IT FOR LOWER PRIORITY RESPONSES AS WELL? IF IT'S, IF IT'S A RESOURCE INTENSIVE CALL, I'LL GET THE COMPLETE LIST TO YOU.

OKAY.

UM, IT DOES TEND TO BE THE HIGHER PRIORITY ONES BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU SEE.

UM, YOU KNOW, BUT THERE ARE SOME, UM, LIKE A BURGLAR ALARM WHERE YOU HAVE AN OPEN DOOR, YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE OWNER TO COME AND CLOSE IT UP.

IT MIGHT BE AN HOUR OR TWO WAIT,

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SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

WE, WE CAN ABSOLUTELY LOOP, LOOP THEM IN.

OKAY.

OKAY.

WELL THAT'S, THATS AN EXCITING SORT OF DEVELOPMENT, UM, WITH RESOURCES.

UM, AND THEN AS FAR AS THE OPEN DATA PORTAL, UM, ACTUALLY BEFORE I, UM, GET FORWARD, JUST 'CAUSE I KNOW WE'RE AT FOUR 20, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TOOK NOTE OF THE FACT THAT COMMISSIONER RUAN HAS JOINED US AND COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT HAS AL ALSO JOINED US, THE, OF THE FOUR 30 MARK.

UM, AS, AS FAR AS THE OPEN DATA PORTAL, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF, THERE'S STILL A LOT OF DATA THAT'S PENDING.

DO YOU HAVE AN ETA ON WHEN THAT, LIKE, IS THAT GONNA COME IN WAVES? LIKE, IS THERE, IT'S GONNA COME IN WAVES.

I DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC TIMELINE OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, BUT THEY'RE, THEY'RE ACTIVELY TRYING TO GET IT DONE AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ANYTHING FROM ANYONE ELSE? OKAY.

WELL WITH THAT, THANK YOU.

UM, WE WILL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT ITEM, WHICH, UM, IS AN OVERVIEW OF THE DOWNTOWN

[3. Overview of Downtown Austin Community Court and Mobile Court Pilot Program from Robert Kingham, Court Administrator and Christopher Anderson, Court Operations Manager.]

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT AND MOBILE COURT PILOT PROGRAM, IF YOU GUYS WANNA COME ON UP.

UM, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

WE'VE HAD THIS, UM, THIS ITEM FIRST SORT OF, UM, CAME UP WHEN EMS WAS TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE POPUP RESOURCE CLINICS THAT THEY WERE DOING, AND THEY MENTIONED MOBILE COURT.

AND SINCE THEN WE'VE BEEN TALKING WITH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT JUST TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING, UM, AND THEIR PILOT.

AND SO IF YOU GUYS JUST WANNA INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND GREAT.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

UH, I AM ROBERT KINGHAM.

I'M THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT, AND I'M, UH, CHRIS ANDERSON.

I'M THE COURT OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR COMMUNITY COURT.

SO WE APPRECIATE THE INVITATION TO PRESENT AN OVERVIEW OF OUR MOBILE COURT PILOT.

UH, WE JUST COMPLETED THE PILOT, UM, LAST MONTH AND PRESENTED THE FINDINGS TO OUR, THE ADVISORY BOARD OF THE COMMUNITY COURT AND, UH, AS WELL AS CITY COUNCIL LAST WEEK.

AND SO THIS REPORT, UH, THAT I BELIEVE WILL, WILL ALSO BE ATTACHED TO THIS, UH, AGENDA FROM OUR THIRD PARTY, UM, ANALYSIS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED, UH, AS BACKUP HERE.

UM, SO I'M GONNA START BY PROVIDING JUST A QUICK UPDATE OR OVERVIEW OF THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

UM, IT IS, IT IS, UH, SOMEWHAT MISUNDERSTOOD IN A NUMBER OF CIRCLES, AND SO JUST WANNA MAKE SURE WE ARE ALL KIND OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY.

AND SO, THE COMMUNITY COURT, WE ARE IN OUR 25TH YEAR OF, OF OPERATION.

WE WERE FOUNDED IN 1999.

WE WERE THE FIRST COMMUNITY COURT HERE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND THEY SEVENTH IN THE UNITED STATES AT THAT TIME.

UM, REALLY 30 YEARS AGO IS WHEN THE FIRST COMMUNITY COURT STARTED IN, IN THE COUNTRY IN MANHATTAN.

AND, UM, IT WAS SIMILAR.

IT, IT WAS SET UP, UH, TO ADDRESS ISSUES OF A PARTICULAR AREA OR COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S THE GENESIS OF, OF THE REASON WHY THE COMMUNITY COURT WAS STOOD UP.

AND SO OUR MISSION STATEMENT IS TWOFOLD.

WE HAVE A FOOT IN TWO AREAS, ONE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE OR, OR, UM, JUSTICE AREA, AND ONE IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES AREA.

SO OUR MISSION STATEMENT IS TWOFOLD, WHERE WE EMPOWER PEOPLE TO THRIVE BY PROVIDING IMPARTIAL JUSTICE AND COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY-BASED RESOURCES.

AND OUR GOAL IS NOT JUST TO BE A FULLY FUNCTIONING COURT OF LAW, WHICH WE ARE, BUT TO ADDRESS THOSE ROOT CAUSES OF JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT BY PROVIDING INTENSIVE AND COMPASSIONATE WRAPAROUND SERVICES IS.

SO THE COURT IS REALLY DIVIDED INTO FOUR OPERATIONAL AREAS, THREE OF WHICH ARE, ARE, UH, PUBLIC FACING AND, UH, OUR SUPPORT SERVICES AREAS INTERNAL FACING AND REALLY IN, IN DEFINITION PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE OTHER OPERATIONAL AREAS.

SO REAL HIGH LEVEL, WE HAVE OUR COURT SERVICES, AND THIS IS WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, UH, FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE WHERE CASES ARE FILED WITH OUR COURT AND OUR JURISDICTION.

UH, AS FAR AS THE CASE TYPES ARE CLASS C MISDEMEANORS.

AND SO THOSE ARE THE LOWEST LEVEL OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES HERE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

AND OUR COURT IS, IS SET UP JUST LIKE ANY OTHER MUNICIPAL COURT IN THE STATE OF TEXAS WHERE WE HANDLE THOSE CASES AND THEY GO BE BEFORE A JUDGE.

BUT WHAT SETS US DISTINCT FROM MANY OTHER COURTS IS OUR CLINICAL DIVERSION PROGRAM.

AND SO THAT IS WHERE WE HAVE A SOCIAL WORKER THAT IS EMBEDDED IN THE COURTROOM, THAT IS THERE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION FOR THAT COURT CASE, OR BE A RESOURCE TO THE PROSECUTION, TO THE STATE, AND TO OUR JUDGE, UH, TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT THE INDIVIDUAL OR, OR THE DEFENDANT.

WE REFER TO FOLKS WHO COME INTO THE COURT AS CLIENTS OF OUR COURT.

SO, UM, CONNECTING THE CLIENTS TO THE SUPPORTS THAT THEY MAY NEED TO ADDRESS, AGAIN, THOSE ROOT

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CAUSES OF THEIR JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT.

ONE OF THE STATISTICS THAT I LIKE TO SHARE HERE IS OUR SOCIAL WORKERS OUTNUMBER OUR PROSECUTORS 22 TO ONE.

AND SO THAT REALLY FOCUSES ON WHAT WE'RE TRULY TRYING TO DO AT THE COURT.

AND THAT IS TO STOP THE RECIDIVISM, STOP THAT JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT, ADDRESS THOSE BEHAVIORS, ADDRESS THOSE INDIVIDUALS NEEDS, UM, THAT ARE LEADING TO THEIR JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT.

AND THEN OUR NEXT AREA, OF COURSE, IS HOMELESSNESS SERVICES.

UM, IN OUR HOMELESS SERVICES, WE HAVE, UH, WALK-IN CASE MANAGEMENT, WHICH SPEAKS TO OUR DEFLECTION MODEL THAT WE EMPLOY.

AND SO THE COURT IS A TRUE DEFER A DIVERSION COURT.

WE ARE DIVERTING INDIVIDUALS FROM FUTURE JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT.

UM, BUT WE ALSO WANNA TAKE A STEP BACK AND TRY TO DEFLECT THEM FROM ANY JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT TO BEGIN WITH.

AND SO WE OFFER VOLUNTARY WALK-IN CASE MANAGEMENT.

SO ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF IF THEY HAVE A COURT CASE WITH US, CAN WALK IN AND RECEIVE SERVICES, UH, THROUGH OUR HOMELESS SERVICES PROGRAM.

AND THEY WILL BE CONNECTED THAT DAY WITH A CASE MANAGER OR SOCIAL WORKER TO HELP RESOLVE THE IMMEDIATE NEED THAT THEY HAVE, UH, FOR THAT PARTICULAR DAY.

AND THEY'RE WELCOME TO COME BACK EVERY OTHER DAY AFTERWARDS.

UM, BUT THEY'RE NOT NECESSARILY CONNECTED.

ONE-ON-ONE WITH A CASE MANAGER FOR LONG-TERM CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, LIKE OUR INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

AND THAT'S WHERE WE REALLY, UH, HAVE CASE MANAGERS THAT ARE CONNECTED WITH CLIENTS, DEVELOP A HOUSING PLAN A, UH, ALONGSIDE WITH A CLIENT TO RESOLVE THEIR HOUSING CRISIS AND EVERYTHING THAT THEY'RE, THAT THAT INDIVIDUAL MAY NEED, UH, TO BE SUCCESSFUL TO MOVE INTO LONG-TERM STABLE HOUSING.

AND THEN OF COURSE, WE'RE A MEMBER OF THE HOMELESS OUTREACH STREET TEAM.

AND SO THAT'S ACROSS DEPARTMENTAL OR ACROSS, UH, UH, CITY EFFORT, UM, WHERE WE WORK ALONGSIDE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, UH, EMS AND AS WELL AS INTEGRAL CARE, OUR LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, WHERE THEY'RE OUT, UH, AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY, IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUALS TO TRY TO GET THEM TO ENGAGE IN SERVICES.

AND REALLY THE FOCUS OF HOST TEAM HIGH LEVEL IS TO IDENTIFY AND, UM, CONNECT WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SOME OF THE MOST CHALLENGING INDIVIDUALS THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS, HAS SEEN OR SOME OF THE MOST CHALLENGING, UH, SITUATIONS.

SOME OF THE FOLKS WHO ARE INCREDIBLY RESISTANT TO ENGAGE IN SERVICES AND REALLY START BUILDING THOSE RELATIONSHIPS TO GET THEM, UH, TO WANT TO MOTIVATE, UH, TO CONNECT TO SERVICES.

SO REALLY THAT MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING IS, IS CRITICAL IN THE, IN THIS GROUP.

AND THEN AN OUTLET OR PIPELINE FOR THE HOST TEAM IS THE COMMUNITY COURT.

AND SO MAKING REFERRALS DIRECTLY INTO OUR CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.

AND THEN OUR COMMUNITY SERVICES AREA, COMMUNITY SERVICES, UH, PRIMARILY WE HAVE OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM, AND SO THAT'S ATTACHED TO OUR COURT.

SO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE GIVEN THE OPTION TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE TO RESOLVE THEIR COURT CASE WITH US.

WE HAVE CREW LEADERS THAT TAKE INDIVIDUALS OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, UM, TO COMPLETE MUNICIPAL PURPOSE JOBS LIKE GRAFFITI ABATEMENT, UH, PLANTING TREES AND PARKS, UM, UH, MOWING RIGHT OF WAY.

UH, WE WORK ALONGSIDE, OR, OR IN COLLABORATION WITH AUSTIN CODE OR, OR NOW DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, UH, TO ADDRESS CODE COMPLIANCE ISSUES.

AND SO WHERE THERE'S ILLEGAL DUMPING IN MORE RURAL PARTS OF THE CITY, UH, OUR CREWS WILL GO OUT AND COLLECT THAT, UH, THOSE ITEMS. AND WE ALSO HAVE A PROGRAM GARDEN WHERE WE GROW CROPS AND WE HAVE CHICKENS AND EVERYTHING WE HARVEST, WE DONATE TO LOCAL HOMELESS SERVICE, UH, AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE FOOD TO INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.

AND SO IT HELPS US, UM, WORK WITH THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM WHO WERE, UH, MEETING THE NEEDS OR SATISFYING THE NEEDS OF THEIR, THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS, REALLY SEE THE LINK BETWEEN THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING AND THE BENEFIT IT'S HAVING INTO THE COMMUNITY.

AND THEN WE HAVE OUR VIOLET KEEPS SAFE STORAGE PROGRAM.

AND SO THAT'S A STORAGE SOLUTION FOR INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS.

AND IT'S A FREE, UH, PROGRAM AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE STORAGE, UH, UNITS.

CURRENTLY WE HAVE 350, UH, STORAGE UNITS AVAILABLE.

IT'S LOCATED ALL OUT OF THE OLD ALSTON MUNICIPAL COURT ON THE FIRST FLOOR.

AND SO THAT'S ON SEVENTH STREET AND IH 35 FRONTAGE ROAD.

AND, UH, ONE OF THE FOUNDING TENANTS OF THAT PROGRAM IS IT IS OPERATED BY INDIVIDUALS WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE.

AND SO WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE ANOTHER LAYER OF SERVICE, NOT JUST STORAGE SOLUTION FOR INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP THEIR, THEIR VITAL DOCUMENTS, THEIR, THEIR KEEPS SAFES, UM, OR KEEPSAKES.

BUT WE'RE ALSO ABLE TO UTILIZE THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE STAFF HAS TO HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS NAVIGATE TO THEIR NEXT DESTINATION, BECAUSE THEY ONLY COME TO THE VIOLET KEEPS SAFE STORAGE PROGRAM FOR STORAGE, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT THE STAFF WILL ASSIST THEM IN GETTING WHERE THEY NEED TO GO, WHETHER IT BE FINDING WHERE MILL IS AVAILABLE OR CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES OR WHATNOT.

SO OUR

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JURISDICTION, I, I, I SPOKE FROM OUR JURISDICTION STANDPOINT REGARDING THE CASE TYPES THAT WE ADJUDICATE, AND THOSE ARE THE CLASS C MISDEMEANORS.

OUR PRIMARY JURISDICTION IS DOWNTOWN AUSTIN WEST CAMPUS AND A LITTLE BIT OF EAST AUSTIN.

AND SO THAT LITTLE SLIVER OF EAST AUSTIN IS BOUND TO NORTH BY SEVENTH STREET, UM, EAST BY CHACON AND SOUTH BY THE RIVER.

UH, THAT'S JUST THAT LITTLE PART OF EAST AUSTIN.

AND THEN OF COURSE, THE DOWNTOWN AREA BOUNDED BY LAMAR, UM, UP NORTH, UH, MLK AND THEN, UH, INTERSTATE 35.

AND THEN OF COURSE, WEST CAMPUS RUNS THAT, UH, UH, LITTLE, UH, JUST TO THE, TO THE, OF COURSE, WEST OF UT CAMPUS.

NOW, IN, UH, DECEMBER OF 23, CITY COUNCIL EXPANDED OUR JURISDICTION AND WHAT JURISDICTION EXPANSION, UH, MEANS IS THEY EXPANDED OUR JURISDICTION FROM THE TYPES OF CASES THAT ARE THE CASES THAT ARE HEARD AT THE COMMUNITY COURT.

AND SO, UH, PRIOR TO DECEMBER AND WHEN THIS WAS ACTUALLY ROLLED OUT, UH, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 6TH OF THIS YEAR, UM, THERE WAS A VERY CLEAR DELINEATION BETWEEN WHICH CASES ARE FILED AT AUSTIN MUNICIPAL COURT AND WHICH CASES ARE FILED AT THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

SO EFFECTIVE IN JANUARY, CITYWIDE ALL CASES THAT INVOLVE THE PROP B ORDINANCES FROM 2021, WHICH WAS THE REINSTATEMENT OF WHAT MOST FOLKS CALL THE HOMELESSNESS ORDINANCES.

THOSE ARE ALL FILED AND NOW HEARD AT THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

SO THAT'S CAMPING, SIT, LIE, AND SOLICITATION.

WHAT IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THAT EXPANSION WERE THE TOP 10 CASES THAT THE COMMUNITY COURT WAS HEARING, UH, HISTORICALLY.

AND THE, THE REASON THAT, UM, THE WORK GROUP AND THE ADVISORY BOARD LANDED ON THE RECOMMENDATION TO, UH, EXPAND THE JURISDICTION TO THE TOP 10 CASES IS BECAUSE THE DATA SHOWS THAT THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE COMMITTING THOSE OFFENSES ARE MORE LIKELY TO NEED THE SERVICES THAT ARE BEING PROVIDED THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT.

AND SO BEING CONNECTED THROUGH OUR CLINICAL DIVERSION PROGRAM, AND THEN A LOT OF TIMES LONG TERM THROUGH OUR HOMELESS SERVICES AREA AS WELL, THOSE TOP 10, UH, CASES AND THE, THE, THE ORDINANCES REFERENCED IN THE PRESENTATION, BUT VERY HIGH LEVEL, THE TOP 10, UM, OR, UH, UH, VIOLATIONS ARE PUBLIC INTOXICATION, POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, UH, HUMAN WASTE, DISORDERLY CONDUCT.

UM, THOSE ARE REALLY THE MAIN ONES.

AND I'LL TELL YOU, 80% OF OUR CASES OF THESE EXPANDED CASES OR PUBLIC INTOXICATION CASES, OR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE ONES THAT WE SEE NOW, UM, BOTH IN OUR, OUR EXISTING HISTORICAL, UH, JURISDICTION AS WELL AS OUR EXPANDED JURISDICTION STARTING IN JANUARY.

AND, AND REAL HIGH LEVEL HOMELESS SERVICES SINCE THAT'S REALLY WHERE THE MAJORITY OF OUR RESOURCES AND STAFFING, UH, LIE.

WE HAVE HOUSED OVER 550 INDIVIDUALS SINCE 2015.

UM, BUT WE STILL CURRENTLY DO HAVE A WAIT LIST OF OVER 300 INDIVIDUALS, AND THOSE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT WE MAY BE ENGAGING THROUGH OUR WALK-IN SERVICES, BUT WANTING TO BE CONNECTED TO A LONG-TERM, UH, CASE MANAGEMENT AND HOUSING PROGRAM.

SO THERE STILL IS A PRETTY EXTENSIVE NEED IN THE COMMUNITY, UH, FOR THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE.

AND WITH THAT ONE, I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO CHRIS ANDERSON TO TALK ABOUT OUR MOBILE COURT PROJECT.

UM, I'M SORRY.

THANK YOU, ROBERT.

UH, CHRIS ANDERSON, I'M THE COURT OPERATIONS MANAGER AT COMMUNITY COURT.

UM, AND I'M GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE MOBILE COURT, UH, PILOT PROJECT THAT WE JUST CONCLUDED.

UM, AND JUST VERY BRIEFLY WANTED TO, UM, CELEBRATE OUR STAFF BECAUSE WE WERE GIVEN THIS DIRECTION FROM COUNSEL TO INITIATE THIS PILOT.

AND, UH, WE GAVE OUR STAFF A MONTH PREPARATION TO GET IT GOING, AND THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB.

AND JUST SO, UH, TH THIS IS SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT HELPED PARTICIPATE IN THE MOBILE COURT PROJECT.

NOT ALL.

WE BORROWED STAFF FROM ALL FOUR OF OUR SERVICE AREAS TO HELP STAFF THIS PROJECT.

UM, AND JUST, THEY DID A GREAT JOB.

AND SO RARELY DOES THE FRONTLINE STAFF GET THE CELEBRATION AND, YOU KNOW, PRESENTATIONS LIKE THIS.

BUT THANK YOU, EDNA, LAURA, SEAN, ERICA, SARAH AND MANDY IS JUST THE FOLKS THAT ARE REPRESENTING THAT PICTURE THERE.

UM, BUT THIS WAS A LOT OF FUN.

UM, SO HOW THIS STARTED WAS THAT, UM, OUR, OUR JUDGE, JUDGE COFFEY HAD THIS, UM, SORT OF INCLINATION TO RESEARCH AND, UH, IDENTIFY BEST PRACTICES FOR MOBILE COURT PROJECTS AFTER WE'VE HAD A SERIES OF ONGOING, UM, EITHER SITE VISITS OR MEET AND GREET TRAININGS WITH OTHER COMMUNITY COURTS OR OTHER, UM, CRIMINAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE DOING SIMILAR MOBILE PROJECTS.

UM, MOST SPECIFICALLY, WE HAD A TRAINING SITE VISIT FROM THE BOULDER COURT OR BOULDER,

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COLORADO COMMUNITY COURT.

AND WE ALSO HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE FOLKS IN PLACER COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, WHICH IS LAKE TAHOE.

UM, AND THEY HAVE A MOBILE COURT PROJECT OUT OF THEIR ADULT PROBATION PROGRAM.

SO, UM, ONCE COUNSEL PASSED THE OFFICIAL RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS BACK IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR, UM, THAT WAS THE SORT OF, UM, BEGINNING OF THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR US TO BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH WHAT COULD THIS LOOK LIKE.

UM, AND SO WE WERE GIVEN SOME PARAMETERS FROM THE RESOLUTION ABOUT WHAT TO DO.

ONE IS THAT THE SERVICES SHOULD BE WHERE PEOPLE ARE.

IT'S A COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAM, AND WE NEED TO BE ENGAGING IN PROVIDING MOBILE COURT, UM, WHERE INDIVIDUALS ALREADY ARE.

AND IT'S ALSO CONSISTENT WITH OUR VALUES AS COMMUNITY COURT TO MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE.

UM, AND SO HOW DO YOU DO THAT? UM, YOU DO THAT BY PROVIDING THESE EVENTS IN THE GEOGRAPHICALLY DISPERSED MANNER.

SO NOT JUST CONCENTRATING THE SAME AREAS, BUT ACROSS ALL, YOU KNOW, LOCATIONS ALL ACROSS THE CITY.

UM, AND TO BE SMART AND INTENTIONAL WITH WHERE YOU LOCATE THESE SERVICES.

SO ALREADY, SO TO PROVIDE MOBILE COURT IN PLACES WHERE SERVICES ARE ALREADY BEING PROVIDED TO OUR TARGET POPULATION, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, TYPICALLY FOR COMMUNITY COURT, IT'S PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS OR OUR TARGET POPULATION.

SO WHERE ARE THOSE PEOPLE, UM, THAT WE SERVE ALREADY ENGAGING IN SERVICES.

UM, AND THE GOAL IS THIS IS ALSO TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE QUICKLY AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE FOR INDIVIDUALS TO FIND A WAY TO RESOLVE OPEN COURT CASES HERE AND NOW.

UM, AND THE, THE OTHER GOAL FROM THIS PROJECT WAS TO BE ABLE TO THEN IMMEDIATE, NOT JUST RESOLVE YOUR COURT CASE, BUT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT ESSENTIAL COMPONENT, WHICH ROBERT WAS TALKING ABOUT, WHICH IS HAVING THE ONSITE SOCIAL SERVICES COMPONENT BY HAVING A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER OR A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR THERE AS WELL, TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE WITH AN INDIVIDUAL, ASSESS THEM, AND START PROVIDING SERVICES THROUGH IT.

SO THOSE, HAVING THE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO A CASE MANAGER WAS AN OFFICIAL, UH, AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT AS WELL.

UM, SO HOW IT WORKS, UM, THE IDEA WAS THAT WE WANTED TO MAYBE MAKE IT A VOLUNTARY PROGRAM WHERE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ENGAGING SERVICES COULD WALK UP TO ANY STAFF MEMBER FROM COMMUNITY COURT AND ASK FOR WHAT WE CALL A COURT CASE CHECK OR A STATUS CHECK, WHICH IS BASICALLY, DO I HAVE ANY OPEN TICKETS RIGHT NOW? UM, AND SO WE WOULD HAVE STAFF FROM, UM, HAVE OUR STAFF THERE AVAILABLE, UM, AND BEING ABLE TO LOOK UP, 'CAUSE WE USE A WEB-BASED OR INTERNET-BASED, UM, UH, COURT CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO LOOK THAT UP REMOTELY OUT IN THE FIELD WHERE PEOPLE WERE.

AND SO INDIVIDUALS WILL VOLUNTARILY ENGAGED AND THEN WE COULD PROVIDE THEM INFORMATION.

YOU HAVE AN OUTSTANDING CASE, YOU HAVE AN OPEN CASE RIGHT NOW, THIS, YOU, THIS COULD POTENTIALLY BE A WARRANT.

WE ALSO WANTED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE BESIDES COURT.

SO GIVING INFORMATION ABOUT OUR VIOLET KEEP SAFE STORAGE PROGRAM, PROVIDING FLYERS ABOUT OUR CASE MANAGEMENT AND WALK-IN SERVICES AND OUR LOCATION, HELPING CONNECT PEOPLE TO THOSE LOCATIONS BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT TRANSPORTATION, SOME CASES PROVIDING BUS PASSES TO PEOPLE.

UM, BUT AGAIN, PROVIDING THAT IMMEDIATE CONNECTION TO SERVICES, UM, HAVING A CASE MANAGER THERE TO HELP SORT OF NAVIGATE THOSE SERVICES.

UM, AND, UH, WE FOUND THAT THAT WAS REALLY, YOU KNOW, HELPFUL FOR FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO SORT OF LIKE SAY, OKAY, I REALLY WANTED TO COME DOWN THERE.

HOW, WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT? UM, SO THE, IN TERMS OF THE SERVICE DAY FREQUENCY AND LOCATIONS DURING THE PILOT PERIOD, WE WANTED TO COLLECT AS MUCH DATA AS PO AS POSSIBLE.

SO WE REALLY JAM PACKED THE CALENDAR, UM, WITH EVENTS.

SO WE HAD APPROXIMATELY FIVE SERVICE DAYS PER MONTH.

AND GRANTED IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A LOT, BUT WE WERE DOING THIS WITH EXISTING STAFF AND EXISTING RESOURCES, SO WE DIDN'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO HIRE FOLKS AND WE HAD TO CONTINUE OUR ONGOING OPERATIONS IN TERMS OF WALK-IN SERVICES, THE CASE MANAGEMENT AND COURT, WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY JUST SCHEDULED APPEARANCE DOCKETS, WALK-IN COURT, ARRAIGNMENT, EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE ALREADY DO THROUGH OUR COURT OPERATIONS.

UM, SO WE AVERAGED ABOUT FIVE SERVICE DAYS PER MONTH, AND WE PARTNERED WITH OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS TO HELP IDENTIFY GOOD LOCATIONS USING THOSE PARAMETERS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, WHICH IS GEOGRAPHICALLY DISPERSED, BUT ALSO PLACES WHERE PEOPLE ARE.

SO SOME OF OUR NATURAL PARTNERS, WHERE THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS THAT ARE, WE HAVE SIX NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND WE ENDED UP DOING EVENTS AT THREE DIFFERENT ONES.

UM, PUBLIC LIBRARIES, YOU KNOW, O OVER 20, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT BRANCHES, PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

AND WE WORKED WITH THE PUBLIC LIBRARY STAFF TO IDENTIFY WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST LOCATIONS TO GO TO.

WE WORKED WITH OUR FRIENDS IN THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES AT THE SHELTERS AT THE, BOTH THE NORTH BRIDGE SHELTER, BUT ALSO AT THE MARSHALING YARD.

UM, WE WORKED WITH EMS TO, UH, CO-LOCATE OUR SERVICES DURING THE POP-UP RESOURCE CLINICS, WHICH IS

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SOMETHING Y'ALL OBVIOUSLY HEARD ABOUT.

UM, AND ALSO WORKED WITH THE MORE PROMINENT HOMELESS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS.

SO PLACES LIKE THE CHARLIE CENTER, WHICH IS A NAVIGATION CENTER FOR MOSAIC CHURCH OUT IN THE VERY NORTHWEST TIP OF TRAVIS COUNTY.

UM, AND ALSO, UH, SUNRISE NAVIGATION CENTER IN SOUTH SOUTH AUSTIN, WHICH HAS A REALLY BIG FOOTPRINT IN THE HOMELESS SERVICE COMMUNITY.

AND SO HERE'S SOME OF THE DATA THAT WE COLLECTED, UM, FROM THESE 18 MOBILE COURT EVENTS FROM THE PILOT PERIOD, OCTOBER 18TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 5TH.

SO IN THAT PILOT PERIOD, WE HAD 383 INDIVIDUALS HAD COURT CASE STATUS CHECKS.

SO THESE WERE VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE CHECKS BY PEOPLE THAT WE ENGAGED THE COMMUNITY THAT WERE WILLING TO SEE IF THEY HAD ANY OPEN CASES.

UM, WE HAD 125 INDIVIDUALS FROM THAT GROUP OF 383, UM, THAT HAD ONE OR MORE OPEN AUSTIN MUNICIPAL COURT OR DOWNTOWN AUSTIN COMMUNITY COURT CASES.

UM, YOU KNOW, THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT, BUT ALSO IT IS, I THINK THE OTHER PART OF THAT DATA, WHICH IS TWO THIRDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE ENGAGED DIDN'T HAVE ANY OPEN COURT CASES, BUT THEY WERE WILLING TO CHECK AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE HAVING THE, YOU KNOW, PEACE OF MIND TO KNOW THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY PENDING CASES AND WERE PROACTIVELY MAKING SURE THAT THEY WEREN'T, UH, VIOLATING THE LAW OR HAD ANY OUTSTANDING WARRANTS.

UM, WE WANTED TO ALSO BE ABLE TO CONNECT PEOPLE WITH CASE MANAGEMENT.

SO WE HAD 35, UM, SO WE HAD 35 INDIVIDUALS THAT, UH, PARTICIPATED IN THE HEARING.

SO OF THOSE 35 INDIVIDUALS, 69 CASES FOR THOSE 35 INDIVIDUALS WERE DOCKETED.

AND OF THAT 69 CASES, 48 OF THEM WERE IN WARRANT STATUS.

SO THOSE WERE WARRANTS THAT WERE THEN CLEARED AS A RESULT OF THESE DOCKETED HEARINGS THAT HAPPENED.

UM, AND AGAIN, THE, THE OTHER BENEFIT OF THIS IS THAT WE GIVE PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN CASE MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

AND WE HAD EIGHT INDIVIDUALS FROM THIS PROGRAM ENROLL IN OUR CLINICAL DIVERSION PROGRAM FOR ONGOING CASE MANAGEMENT.

UM, AND SO THOSE WERE THE, THE MAIN POINTS THAT WE WANTED TO, UM, TALK ABOUT.

BUT WE'VE, WE'VE FOUND SOME OF THE DATA ALSO SUGGESTED THAT WE WERE, THIS HELP US, THIS PROGRAM WITH COMPLETION RATES, SO PEOPLE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLYING WITH IT, UH, AS BEING ENROLLED IN THE DIVERSION PRO CLINICAL DIVERSION PROGRAM.

AND, UH, IT WILL ALSO HELP THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE ENROLLED IN IT GET BETTER ACCESS TO SERVICE BECAUSE THEY'LL HAVE SOMEONE THAT COULD THEN REFER THEM TO ONGOING PROGRAMS. UM, THAT'S IT FOR ME.

ROBERT'S GONNA TAKE OVER FOR ANALYSIS.

ALRIGHT, SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? UM, WE DIDN'T WANT TO, YOU KNOW, GO THROUGH THIS PILOT AND THEN PROVIDE PRESENTATIONS LIKE THIS UNTIL TELL YOU ALL THIS IS WHAT WE FELT THAT IT, IT MEANS, BECAUSE YOU CAN IMAGINE WE'RE PROBABLY PRETTY BIASED THAT WE THINK WE DO GREAT SERVICES.

UM, BUT I, I DO, I, I KNOW WE DO GREAT SERVICES IN THE STAFF THAT SUPPORT THE WORK THAT THAT, THAT WE DO.

UM, SO WE DID BRING ON A THIRD PARTY TO ANALYZE THE WORK THAT WE WERE DOING TO LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES THROUGH OTHER COMMUNITIES, UM, HOW THEY WERE SETTING UP MOBILE COURTS OR ANY KIND OF ELEMENT OF A MOBILE COURT OR VIRTUAL COURT PROCEEDING.

UM, SO WE CONTRACTED OUT WITH SALTON JUSTICE CONSULTING OUT OF NEW YORK, UM, UH, VERY, UH, CONNECTED TO THE CENTER FOR JUSTICE INNOVATION WHERE COMMUNITY COURTS STARTED BACK IN NEW NEW YORK.

THEY RECENTLY CHANGED THEIR NAME.

IT WAS THE CENTER FOR, UM, COURT INNOVATION, BUT RECENTLY LAST YEAR CHANGED IT JUSTICE, INNOVATION, UM, AND VERY WELL INVOLVED WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN, UH, COMMUNITY COURT SETTINGS OR DIVERSION COURTS AND, AND SOME DEFLECTION COURTS.

SO, UH, THE FINDING WAS THE MOBILE COURT, UH, PILOT.

WHAT WE IMPLEMENTED IT WAS, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, AGILE, UM, UH, TO THE SERVICE INNOVATIONS.

AND SO WE WERE ABLE TO, UM, PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT WERE NEEDED AND BEING NIMBLE ENOUGH AT THE VARIOUS LOCATIONS TO ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS THAT WERE SET UP ORIGINALLY.

AND THE GOAL OF THE MOBILE PILOT WAS TO, AGAIN, PROVIDE THE MOBILE COURT, YOU KNOW, OPTION TO ENGAGE WITH INDIVIDUALS, RESOLVE CASE CLEAR WARRANTS, CONNECT INDIVIDUALS TO SERVICES.

AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.

UM, AND THEN THROUGHOUT THE PILOT MAKING MODIFICATIONS REGARDING WHAT WE, WE WERE LEARNING.

SO KIND OF DO, GOING THROUGH THE WHOLE ITERATIVE PROCESS, THE ENTIRE, UH, PILOT PERIOD TO GET TO THE, THE END PRODUCT.

NOW THE INNOVATION ISN'T OVER BECAUSE IT WAS A SHORT PILOT, UH, UH, PROGRAM.

NOW WE ALSO DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND, AND WHAT WAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE PROGRAM ALIGNED WITH OUR COMMUNITY COURT MODEL.

SO WE WANTED TO STAY IN OUR LINE, OUR, OUR LANE.

WE DIDN'T WANT TO GO AND DO SOMETHING THAT WE'RE, WE WE'RE NOT, UH, WE WEREN'T CREATED TO DO OR WASN'T OUR MANDATE TO DO.

SO WE DIDN'T JUST GO IN THE COMMUNITY AND WANT TO PROVIDE SERVICE BECAUSE THAT'S NOT, THAT'S NOT OUR GOAL.

OUR GOAL IS TO PROVIDE COURT SERVICES

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AND CONNECT INDIVIDUALS TO SERVICES THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THROUGH THAT PLATFORM.

UM, AND THEN LOOKING AT THE MEANINGFUL OUTCOMES FOR THE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS.

AND THAT HELD TRUE WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO CLEAR WARRANTS, UH, GET CASES RESOLVED, CONNECT INDIVIDUALS TO SERVICES, AND THEN ULTIMATELY THE SERVICES WERE ROOTED IN BUILDING TRUST AND ADDRESS TRUST AND ADDRESSING BARRIERS.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ROOTED IN AT THE COMMUNITY COURT, IS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, BUILDING TRUST WITH INDIVIDUALS TO RESOLVE THEIR COURT CASE, BUT NOT ONLY RESOLVE THEIR COURT CASE, 'CAUSE THAT'S JUST A ONE TIME FIX, BUT TO CONNECT INDIVIDUALS TO THE SERVICES LONG TERM, TO ADDRESS THOSE UNDERLYING BE UH, UH, UH, BEHAVIORS AND THOSE ROOT CAUSES OF THEIR JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT.

AND SO IT FOUND THAT, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THOSE ITEMS WERE TRUE DURING THIS PILOT.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THROUGH THAT ANALYSIS, THERE WAS A GROUP OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT, UH, WERE CREATED BASED ON THE OUTCOMES THAT WE SAW FROM THE PILOT.

THE RECOMMENDATION WAS TO, UH, FUND A, A FULLY SUSTAINABLE MOBILE COURT, UH, PROGRAM.

AS YOU HEARD FROM CHRIS, WE WERE PULLING STAFF FROM ALL AREAS OF THE COURT TO STAND UP THIS PROGRAM.

UM, CHRIS'S YOU KNOW, LONG-TERM GOAL IS TO GET THIS DOWN TO TWO STAFF MEMBERS TO GO OUT TO EACH LOCATION.

AS YOU SAW ON THE INITIAL PICTURE, THERE WERE SEVEN STAFF MEMBERS THERE.

UH, WE, WE HAVE WHITTLED THAT DOWN TO THREE, SOMETIMES FOUR STAFF MEMBERS, BUT MAINLY THREE STAFF MEMBERS TO GET THIS PROGRAM GOING.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE, WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW.

WE'LL TALK, TALK ABOUT THOSE, THOSE NEXT STEPS.

UM, ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION WAS JUST TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND UPON THE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND SCALE MOBILE COURT TO IMPLEMENTATION.

SO WE HAD A SHORT RUNWAY TO DESIGN THE PILOT ENGAGING WITH THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND, UH, SOME OF THE MAIN PLAYERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A LOT OF ENGAGEMENT THAT WE HAVE NOT, UH, HAD, DID NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO.

SO WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE DOING THAT AS WELL.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO DO THAT, UH, TO, TO GET IT, UM, MOBILE COURT MORE BROADLY DISPERSED THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY AND NOT JUST FOCUSING IN PARTICULAR AREAS.

UM, AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE VERY, YOU KNOW, FORTUNATE, UM, WHEN WE, AND I'M KIND OF BLURRING THIS SLIDE WITH THE NEXT SLIDE FOR NEXT STEPS, BUT REALLY OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH EMS AND THE POP-UP RESOURCE CLINICS ALLOW US TO GO INTO VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AS THE POP-UP RESOURCE CLINICS MOVE THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY, AND THEN LOOKING AT THE STUDY OF THE IMPACT ON EXISTING SERVICE REQUEST.

SO, UM, WHEN, WHEN, WHEN SOMEONE IS, YOU KNOW, GOOD AT SOMETHING, THEN THE, THE DEMAND FOR THAT SERVICE INCREASES.

AND SO WHEN WE'RE OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND ENGAGING WITH INDIVIDUALS, CONNECTING THEM TO SERVICES, WE'RE CONNECTING THEM TO SERVICES.

AND SO THERE'S A HIGHER DEMAND FOR OUR EXISTING SERVICES THAT WE HAVE.

AND SO THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE WALKING INTO OUR FACILITY EVERY SINGLE DAY REQUESTING SERVICES BECAUSE THEY'VE LEARNED THAT IT'S AVAILABLE.

WE'VE STARTED BUILDING THAT TRUST, BUILDING THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

AND SO IT'S JUST A NATURAL ELEMENT THAT COMES WITH THIS, UH, PART OF THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING.

AND THEN THE LAST RECOMMENDATION WAS INVESTING IN A MOBILE COURT, TRANSPORTATION RESOURCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

UM, THIS IS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT, YOU KNOW, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE WAS REALLY MORE PIE IN THE SKY.

UM, YOU'VE HEARD FROM CHRIS, WE WERE GOING TO LOCATIONS WHERE WE WERE CO-LOCATING WITH OTHER AGENCIES OR SERVICE PROVIDERS, BUT THE, THROUGH THE ANALYSIS OR THROUGH THE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE RECOMMENDATION MA WAS MADE OF, WOULDN'T IT BE NICE THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE TO HAVE ANOTHER LOCATION TO OPERATE OUT OF IF WE HAD A MOBILE COURT, TRULY MOBILE COURT GAVEL ON GRAVEL, UM, TO TAKE TWO LOCATIONS WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE, FOR INSTANCE, AT A, AT A LARGE ENCAMPMENT ROLLING UP A VEHICLE THERE AND PROVIDING MOBILE COURT SERVICES THERE.

SO AGAIN, UM, THERE WERE SOME SPECIFIC FACILITY REQUIREMENTS THAT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY SERVE INDIVIDUALS THROUGH THE MOBILE COURT.

AND THERE'S SOME CONFIDENTIALITY OF COURSE, THROUGH THAT, THAT PROCESS WHEN WE HAVE SOCIAL WORKERS TALKING TO THE CLIENTS ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUND, THEIR HISTORY, THEIR TRAUMA THAT THEY'VE EXPERIENCED.

AND THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN PUBLIC.

AND SO NOT EVERY FACILITY WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR A MOBILE COURT LOCATION.

AND SO THAT RECOMMENDATION IS REALLY HAVING A APPROPRIATE FACILITY OR RESOURCE BEING ABLE TO BE MOBILE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

AND SO TIMELINE AND NEXT STEPS, UH, SPOKE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT ALREADY.

SO FUTURE OF MOBILE COURT IS WE ARE, UM, CONTINUING MOBILE COURT.

WE SEE THE BENEFIT OF IT, YOU KNOW, RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE NOT CONTINUING IT TO THE FULL SCALE THAT WE WERE DOING OR THE FULL POTENTIAL THAT IS, UM, THAT THE PEN POTENTIAL THAT EXISTS.

SO WE ARE LIMITING IT RIGHT NOW TO TWO EVENTS PER MONTH.

RIGHT NOW.

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WE'RE GOING TO EVERY POP-UP RESOURCE CLINIC WITH EMS AND HAVING A PRESENCE THERE.

AND THEN WE'RE REGULARLY GOING BACK TO, UH, SUNRISE NAVIGATION, UH, CENTER AS WELL.

AND THEN AS, AS BANDWIDTH EXISTS OR AS A A, A NEED DEVELOPS IN THE COMMUNITY, WE'LL REEVALUATE THAT AND POTENTIALLY ADD MAYBE A THIRD.

UH, BUT THAT WOULD BE STRETCHING THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE.

UM, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AND NOT ONLY STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT, BUT WHAT WE LEARNED THROUGH THE PILOT WAS TO TRY TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY WHERE WE CAN HELP OUR PROVIDERS HELP THE CLIENTS THAT WE'RE MUTUALLY SERVING.

AND SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE CAN DO A, A COURT CASE CHECK, BUT THERE'S A PLATFORM THAT EXISTS RIGHT NOW IN THE PUBLIC THAT ANYONE CAN DO A COURT CASE CHECK.

AND SO TRAINING OUR, OUR PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY TO ASSIST THEIR CLIENTS IN DOING A COMMUNITY COURT CHECK CHECKING TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY WARRANTS OR ANY OPEN CASES, UM, AND THEN CONNECTING THEM TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE OR THE SYSTEMS THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE RIGHT NOW.

MAYBE IT'S, UM, OUR PARTNERS FACILITATING A VIRTUAL COURT APPEARANCE FOR THEIR CLIENT THAT WE MAKE AVAILABLE, UH, UH, THROUGH OUR, THROUGH OUR COURT RIGHT NOW.

AND SO WE'RE WORKING WITH THE HOMELESS STRATEGY OFFICE AS WELL AS A MARSHALING YARD TO, UM, I, UH, TO TEST OUT THAT PROCESS AND SEE WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE AND, UH, SEE IF THERE IS AN EVIDENCE BASE THAT WE CAN THEN EXTEND THAT MORE BROADLY INTO THE COMMUNITY.

AND THEN WE'LL LOOK AT CREATING A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM TO DO JUST THAT.

AND SO INSTEAD OF US HAVING TO PULL RESOURCES OUT OF OUR EXISTING, UM, UH, STAFF, THEN WE WOULD JUST ASK OTHER AGENCIES TO DO THAT BECAUSE THAT'S A BENEFIT FOR, FOR THEIR CLIENTS AS WELL.

AND THEN LASTLY IS JUST OPEN AND WELCOME TO OTHER, UH, PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR, IN OUR COMMUNITY TO, UM, SEE IF THERE'S ANY OPPORTUNITIES TO LOOK AT HOW THE COMMUNITY COURT CAN ASSIST WITH OTHER CRIMINAL JUSTICE DIVERSION EFFORTS IN THE COMMUNITY.

BECAUSE WE, AT THE END OF THE DAY, ARE A DIVERSION COURT FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND WITH THAT, WE'LL OPEN UP TO ANY QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER NGUYEN? UH, IT'S MORE OF A JUST ECHOING, UM, UH, MR. ANDERSON AND MR. KING, YOU'RE CELEBRATING THIS PROCESS.

'CAUSE UM, MY ORGANIZATION ACTUALLY HELPED WITH ONE OF THOSE POP-UP CLINICS AND, UM, SOME OF OUR PARTICIPANTS ACTUALLY BENEFITED FROM YOUR SERVICE BEING THERE, SO JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE MORE THIRD PARTY ANALYSIS THAT, UH, IT, IT'S WORKED.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT.

UM, SO I HAVE A, A DATA QUESTION, AND THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A GOTCHA.

UM, BUT I'M, I'M CURIOUS ABOUT HOW OFTEN, AND I'M SURE Y'ALL AREN'T GONNA KNOW THE NUMBER FOR THE, THE REST OF THE MUNICIPAL COURTS, BUT, UM, HOW OFTEN, UM, CASES THAT Y'ALL ARE OVERSEEING, UH, GO TO WARRANT? UM, IN GENERAL? UM, I JUST THINK IT WOULD HELP US MAKE A, A BUDGET ARGUMENT.

UM, IF WE CAN TALK ABOUT LIKE ARRESTS THAT CAN BE PREVENTED MM-HMM.

, UM, THAT WOULD DECREASE THE WORK THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS DOING THAT'S MAYBE NOT THEIR HIGHEST VALUE WORK.

UM, AND LIKE REDUCE THE TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY THE, THE COMMUNITY OF BEING ARRESTED.

SO I THINK ONE PART OF THAT IS WHAT WE'VE LEARNED, UM, FROM NOT JUST OUR EXPERIENCE, BUT OTHER MUNICIPAL COURTS IS THE INITIAL, LIKE, UH, MUNICIPAL COURTS ARE THE MOST HIGHLY TRAFFICKED CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES IN TEXAS.

YEAH.

UM, AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY SHARE ALL DISTINCTION OF HAVING EXTREMELY LOW APPEARANCE RATES.

MM-HMM.

, I THINK THE, I'M PRETTY SURE THE STANDARD FOR ALL MUNICIPAL COURTS ACROSS, UM, THE STATE OF TEXAS IS A 30% INITIAL APPEARANCE RATE.

MM-HMM.

.

SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT FOR THE OTHER 70%, THE MISS INITIAL APPEARANCE, THEY IMMEDIATELY BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR KPS WARRANT.

SO AGAIN, THESE ARE, UM, CLASS C MISDEMEANORS THAT SHOULD BE FINALLY AN OFFENSE.

BUT AGAIN, IF, IF A CASE RESULTS IN A FTA, THEN THAT CASE THEN COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR SOMEONE BEING BROUGHT IN ON A WARRANT AND THEN MAGISTRATED AND THE WHOLE PROCESS, WHICH WE'RE TRYING TO AVOID.

SO I THINK THAT'S SORT OF THE, THE, THE EVIDENCE BASE FOR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS THAT LIKE, YEAH, WELL OVER TWO THIRDS OF THE CASES THAT ARE FILED IN OUR COURT IN A MUNICIPAL COURT WILL MISS THAT INITIAL APPEARANCE.

AND THEN WHAT, YOU KNOW, WHETHER OR NOT, UH, BECOMES A WARRANT IS DEPENDENT ON THE, YOU KNOW, ELEMENTS OF THE CASE.

BUT THAT IS A, A PRETTY COMPELLING DATA POINT

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TO ME.

AND, AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT THE DATA THAT WE SAW THROUGH THE MOBILE COURT PILOT, OVER 50% OF THE INDIVIDUALS, UM, THAT AGREED TO DO A COURT CASE CHECK HAD NO IDEA THEY HAD AN OPEN CASE.

AND SO WE KNOW, AND I'VE HAD, I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE EARLIER TODAY, A LOT OF TIMES WHEN SAY SOMEONE IS EXPERIENCING, UM, YOU KNOW, HOMELESSNESS, UM, WHENEVER THEY ARE CITED FOR, YOU KNOW, FOR AN OFFENSE, UM, THAT IS NOT ALWAYS A PRIORITY FOR THEM.

AND SO THAT RE REALLY REINFORCES THE EFFORT THAT WE NEED TO DO AS A SERVICE PROVIDER COMMUNITY TO HELP THE CLIENTS THAT WE'RE SERVING MUTUALLY RESOLVE THEIR COURT CASES.

AND THAT'S WHERE THAT PARTNERSHIP, UH, PROGRAM GOES INTO PLAY WHERE WE CAN, UM, UH, STOP THOSE CASES OR MINIMIZE THOSE CASES FROM GOING INTO WARRANT STATUS.

YOU KNOW, ANOTHER THING I WILL SAY IS, UH, WE ARE A, A, A SAFE HAVEN COURT.

AND SO INDIVIDUALS WHO WALK INTO OUR COURT, IF THEY DO HAVE AN OPEN, UH, WARRANT, THEY WON'T BE ARRESTED.

THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE JUDGE AND THE PROSECUTOR, AND WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH, WITH A PD TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR, UH, STAFF KNOW THAT THIS RESOURCE EXISTS.

AND WHENEVER WE ARE OPEN AND IN OPERATION, UH, A PD CAN BRING INDIVIDUALS DIRECTLY TO THE COURT IF THEY ARE PICKED UP ON A WARRANT MM-HMM.

, OR IF THEY ENGAGE SOMEONE OUT INTO, IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEY NEED ASSISTANCE, THEY CAN BRING THEM IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO OR DIRECT THEM OVER TO THE COMMUNITY COURT BECAUSE WE ALL, WE HAVE OUR WALK-IN SERVICES AND WE HAVE OUR IMMEDIATE CONNECTION, UH, TO THE COURT WHEN WE'RE IN OPERATION.

UM, DO YOU, I'M SORRY, I I HAVE A FOLLOW UP.

IS THAT OKAY? THAT'S OKAY.

UM, DO YOU HAPPEN, UM, TO KNOW IF, UH, THE ONLY WAY THAT FOLKS CAN WITHOUT RISKING ARREST, UM, YOU KNOW, TALK IN PERSON TO A COURT, UM, IF THAT IS POSSIBLE, UH, IN THE REGULAR MAGISTRATE COURT SITUATION OR IF THEY HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN AMNESTY TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AT ALSO MUNICIPAL COURT? YES.

HOW DOES THAT WORK? SO I WOULD NEED TO LEAVE THAT FOR ALSO MUNICIPAL COURT.

OKAY.

I, I CAN ONLY SPEAK TO THE COMMUNITY COURT'S PRACTICES THERE.

OKAY.

AND, AND CAN Y'ALL DO ANYTHING ABOUT, IF SOMEONE COMES TO YOU AND YOU FIND THEY HAVE A WARRANT, BUT IT'S NOT UNDER YOUR JURISDICTION, WHAT HAPPENS? SO WE DO REGULARLY HAVE INDIVIDUALS WHO COME INTO OUR COURT WHO HAVE AN A WARRANT FOR AN ALSO MUNICIPAL COURT CASE.

RIGHT.

SO SINCE OUR PRESIDING JUDGE IS THE DACC PRESIDING JUDGE, HE IS ALSO AN A MC JUDGE.

RIGHT.

HE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO HEAR THOSE CASES, AND SO THEY WILL BE CONNECTED TO OUR COURT IMMEDIATELY AND THOSE, UH, THAT WARRANT CAN BE, UM, UH, RESOLVED.

BUT HAS THERE BEEN ANY PUBLICITY ABOUT YOUR MOBILE COURT SERVICE AND THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE WITHOUT STANDING WARRANTS WHO AREN'T AT DAK TO ACTUALLY USE IT? SURE.

UM, SO DURING THIS PILOT, WE WEREN'T REALLY DOING COMMUNITY OUTREACH OR ENGAGEMENT FROM A PUBLICITY, YOU KNOW, STANDPOINT.

UM, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN LOOK AT AND, AND EXPANDING BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE RESOLUTION THAT COUNCIL PASSED TO SPUR THE PILOT WAS TO MINIMIZE A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE THERE TO CREATE THAT SAFE HAVEN ENVIRONMENT OR, OR SAFE HAVEN COURT PHILOSOPHY THAT WE HAVE AT THE, AT OUR BRICK AND MORTAR, UH, SITE.

AND SO, UM, INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE ENGAGING IN COURT SERVICES WERE ENGAGING WITH THE COURT VIRTUALLY MM-HMM.

.

AND SO WE JUST HAD OUR, UH, COURT CLERK ON SITE AND ONE OF OUR CASE MANAGERS ON SITE, AND EVERYTHING WAS DONE VIRTUALLY, BUT THERE WASN'T A ADVERTISING PUSH, UH, THERE, BECAUSE AGAIN, WE WERE, WE DIDN'T WANT TO OVERPROMISE AND UNDERDELIVER AT THAT POINT.

RIGHT.

SORRY.

IT'S OKAY.

DO WE HAVE COMMISSIONER SMITH? YEAH, MINE RELATES TO DATA AS WELL IN THAT INITIAL APPEARANCE.

I'M WONDERING IF YOU HAVE ANY DATA REGARDING OUR PROGRAM REGARDING, UM, COUNSEL AT FIRST APPEARANCE AT DACC? SO, I, I DON'T SPECIFICALLY HAVE COUNSEL AT FIRST, UH, UH, APPEARANCE, UH, INFORMATION SPECIFIC FOR THE COMMUNITY COURT.

I, I WILL SAY, SO THERE IS AN UNDERSTANDING IN THIS GROUP, UM, INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE