The Austin Police Department Homicide Unit is tasked with the investigation of all homicides, accidental deaths (non-traffic related), suicides, deaths of a suspicious or undetermined nature inside the jurisdiction of the City of Austin.
Citizens of Austin can be assured that Homicide personnel are selfless in their sacrifice and commitment to bringing closure to the victims of these tragic crimes. They work tirelessly to bring to light the facts of the cases and work with the District Attorney’s Office for successful prosecution of these violent offenders.
The Homicide Unit is comprised of a Lieutenant, two sergeants, 12 detectives, one administrative specialist and one victim services counselor. The Detectives assigned to the unit are on an on-call team rotation in order to respond 24 hours a day, should the need arise. They work in close partnership with crime scene specialist and Travis County Medical Examiner investigators on almost every incident.
The detectives also work closely with outside agencies such as the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, comprised of U.S. Marshals and Austin police officers. The department’s new Violent Crimes Task Force has also become an effective resource for the Homicide unit.