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APA BOARD MEETING
August 21, 2018
at the APA Headquarters
5817 Wilcab Road
11 am


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
THURSDAY
August 5,
2018
at the APA Headquarters
5817 Wilcab Road
11 am

 
August 2, 2018 General Membership Meeting
August 21, 2018 APA Board of Directors Meeting
September 6, 2018 General Membership Meeting
Septemeber 18, 2018 APA Board of Directors Meeting
October 4, 2018 General Membership Meeting
October 16, 2018 APA Board of Directors Meeting
November 1, 2018 General Membership Meeting
November 20, 2018 APA Board of Directors Meeting
December 6 General Membership Meeting
December 18, 2018 APA Board of Directors Meeting
 
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GOFUND ME for APD Officer's Brother

 

Attention all APD Sworn and Non-Sworn:

APD Officer Chris Rivenbark’s brother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in November of 2017. He is maxed out on the financial burden that this cancer has caused so the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help assist the family.

If you would like to make a donation please click here  and make a donation.

 
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1st Responder Conference in Cedar Park this August

 

Shawn Thomas of 1st Responder Conferences is a King County Deputy in Washington state. She is the founder of 1stRC. We are assisting her for the August conference in Cedar Park, TX 

 
 
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

 

As your Austin Police Association president, I have never been more proud of our Austin police officers. You have worked diligently and tirelessly in the past three weeks to locate the serial bomber who wreaked havoc on our city, while tormenting, injuring, and killing residents of Austin, Texas and surrounding counties. 

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude for the army of fellow law enforcement officers that assisted APD in these efforts. This includes officers and agents from the DPS, FBI, ATF, AFD, EMS, JTTF, Texas Rangers, US Postal Investigators, and other local law enforcement agencies. With their assistance, the serial bomber was identified and stopped in his tracks by APD Intel, S.W.A.T., and Bomb Squad.

I would also like to express the Austin Police Association’s condolences to the families who lost loved ones or who had family members or friends maimed by these acts of violence.  

Last but not least, I would like to thank Austin Police Chief Brian Manley for his unwavering leadership throughout this ordeal. It was an expression of his commitment to the safety of our community and to the safety of the men and women who help keep Austin safe. I will never use the term Interim Chief again because Brian has proven to me and the community that he truly deserves to be our Chief.

 

THANK YOU COUNCIL MEMBER DELIA GARZA
Today, council member Delia Garza provided much needed support of Chief Manley and the bargaining process. Please read the following letter Garza posted on the COA website today.

 

Council colleagues,

As our community begins to heal in what we all hope is the beginning of a calm in the last 3 weeks, I wanted to thank Chief Manley and the men and women of our public safety agencies – Austin Police Department, Austin-Travis County EMS, and the Austin Fire Department. Also to the ATF and FBI and Travis County for your help during this crisis. I know the investigation continues and there is much more work to do to ensure our community is in fact, safe from the terror we have felt in the last 3 weeks.

Our community has been through what is arguably the biggest public safety crisis we have experienced together as a community. While many watched the news safely from home, but on edge, the men and women of law enforcement ran to the bombs and explosions. 

I ask, in light of recent events, that we as a council put our full support behind two measures:

  1. Approve the appointment of Interim Chief Brian Manley as our permanent Chief (if/when the City Manager seeks this approval)
  2. Negotiate and APPROVE a contract with the Austin Police Association as quickly as possible. 

Months ago the council voted to send the police department to the table and because of a variety of forces we still do not have a contract with our police department but regardless, they have gotten up everyday and gone to work with the primary goal of protecting our community.

I ask my colleagues to stop slow playing council resolutions in an attempt to bring an appearance of support for our law enforcement. Weeks ago we had the opportunity to restore the pay that our officers lost because of the lack of a contract, and the motion I made to fully restore that pay was defeated. Item 47 on Thursday’s agenda is another example of this slow playing. It directs city staff to do what is already being done. As stated by Assistant Chief Gay yesterday, APD is in the process of doing everything Item 47 calls for. Furthermore, the negotiating resolution by resolution is an unnecessary obstacle to getting to a contract. We have forced our city staff to go council office by council office to gain support for any move our negotiating team makes. This is not how negotiating works for our public safety. We have made it entirely impossible to negotiate a contract efficiently. It is our City Manager’s job to negotiate the best contract for the city and then have council approve or reject it. I am ready now to approve the next contract our City Manager presents us with.

Finally, transparency and accountability; and ensuring we have a well-paid and fully staffed police department are not mutually exclusive. We must continue to work to ensure that we hold any bad officers accountable for any bad acts. But I know that the vast majority of the men and women of the Austin Police Department are amazing individuals. 

Again, thank you to all who worked tirelessly to bring our community to this beginning stage of healing. Let us never forget those we lost and those who were injured, but move forward together stronger and better. 

All my best,

Delia Garza

Council Member District 2
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LIFT FOR THE FALLEN: August 11, 2018

 
 
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Members,

I've inserted below a demand letter from CLEAT to the City of Austin. Everyone should know that it's our attorneys' opinions that the Office of the Police Monitor (OPM) may still exist, but they may neither participate in IA interviews nor have access to protected files of officers. This is specifically for cases that are assigned an IA number after December 29th, 2017. The monitor will continue to participate in interviews and have access to files from cases they were already participating in before the 29th of December.

We will file a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) if the city continues to let the OPM monitor new cases started after December 29th, 2017.

CLICK HERE to download the demand letter
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Austin Cops for Charities
OFFICER KENNETH COPELAND MEMORIAL FUND
To benefit his wife and children

 
 
 
Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, is the first officer killed in the line of duty in the San Marcos Police Department’s history.
  CLICK HERE to read the initial reports - please refer to local news stations for unpdated information
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CONGRATULATIONS to the APD and APA 2017 Award Recipients

 
 
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  A THOUGHTFUL FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Over the course of 2 years, a police officer turned first-time filmmaker and his wife traveled the United States and brought together experts and current/former law-enforcement officers in an effort to explore the highly secretive, often misunderstood, and socially taboo topic of what the officer experiences in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.
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Limited Edition Black Holy Bears Available at the APA Union Hall - now only $25 per bear!

 
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  C4C RTIC COOLERS available at the APA UNION HALL: $50
 
 
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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

AUSTIN -- In a press conference Tuesday, the Austin Police Association president cited staffing and training as issues that may have led to an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old David Joseph last week.

Flanked by police union advocates, the Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said there has been a rush to judgment from Chief Art Acevedo about one of their own: senior patrol officer Geoffrey Freeman. Freeman shot and killed Joseph in a Northeast Austin neighborhood last week.

"It was absolutely inappropriate," Casaday said.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY

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APD "CHALLENGE" Coins - $10
Visit the APA Union Hall to purchase
 
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