The District Representative Program was established in 1998 for the purpose of creating a liaison between neighborhood communities and the police department’s regional commands.
A police officer is assigned to specific districts within an area command to assist the community in solving neighborhood problems as well as facilitating open communication and partnerships. In 2011 the Department re-aligned bureaus, geographic boundaries and personnel allocation to address the ever changing dynamic of Austin and improve efficiency and effectiveness of service. The area command in which you reside has its own team of District Representatives.
The District Representatives are called upon to do a myriad of activities which include, but are not limited to: enhancing patrol efforts, attending neighborhood association meetings to provide input or answers, attending school functions to educate children about safety and crime prevention, assisting the community in solving non-emergency problems and helping the community become self-reliant. All District Representatives are patrol officers and augment patrol and crime prevention activities as well as respond to natural and man-made emergencies in support of patrol operations.
The District Representatives serve as a liaison between the community and the police department in the following areas:
The District Representatives are responsible for tagging and clearing the streets of abandoned vehicles and trailers as well as junked/nuisance vehicles left on private property.
The criteria for vehicles being tagged on the street is as follows: the vehicle is visibly inoperable (flat tires, severely wrecked, dismantled, etc.) or illegally parked (left wheel to curb, too close to the intersection, too far out from the curb, etc). At this time, City Council does not allow the Austin Police Department to tag vehicles for expired or missing registration or inspection stickers. If an officer finds a vehicle to be in violation, an orange sticker will be placed on the vehicle giving the owner 48 hours to fix the problem or remove the vehicle from the street. After 48 hours, the vehicle is rechecked and if still in violation the vehicle will be impounded. The owner has 20 days to redeem the vehicle before it is sold at public auction.
Junked/nuisance vehicles on private property must be visibly inoperable and have expired registration or inspection stickers. If an officer finds a vehicle to be in violation, a green sticker will be placed on the vehicle along with information as to why the vehicle is in violation. If a sticker is placed on a vehicle, the owner has 10 days to fix the problem or remove the vehicle from public view. If after 10 days the owner has not remedied the situation, impoundment action will be taken. Once a vehicle is impounded as junked/nuisance it is titled as such and the owner cannot redeem the vehicle.