PROGRAMS

As part of the Austin Police Department’s mission and commitment to enhance accountability, openness and transparency, we are preparing to purchase body-worn cameras for our police officers. This informational website is provided for community awareness about the program.

The Austin Police Department provides up-to-date police reports to the public online. These reports include Compstat reports and the Chief's monthly reports.

Get involved in the APD Safe Place program.

APD Youth Summer Camp partners with the Austin Independent School District so that school aged children enjoy four weeks of free summer camp. Participants experience activities, such as bowling, swimming, volleyball and dodge ball and immerse themselves in the study of subjects such as art, history, social justice, the environment, leadership, decision making, and time and money management.

Learn how to participate in this program by contact Sharon Cannon by phone 512-974-6262 or email.

Register your bike to protect it. Bicycle registration programs assist in reducing bicycle thefts, because registering makes it easier to identify stolen bikes and their rightful owners. Don’t leave you bike unsupervised unless you have a lock and chain. Click here to register your bicycle.

The 2024 Spring Class is closed. Information about the 2024 Fall Session will be coming soon.

The Community Police Academy (CPA) is a fourteen-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Austin Police Department. Each session consists of weekly classes that meet at a designated location. The class curriculum is comprehensive, and each week different units within the department are covered.

Access the APD Crime Viewer and APD Traffic Viewer data about a specific area.  Important information about how to use the data includes: 1) Don't rely on statistics alone; 2) Gather a variety of information; 3) Data provided represents only calls for police service where a formal, written report was made; and much more. 

Distracted driving endangers drivers, passengers, and bystanders.

The Homeless Outreach Street Team or HOST is a new, innovative and collaborative initiative that operates in the Downtown and West Campus area, occasionally assisting other parts of the city to address the needs of people living on the streets. HOST is modeled after similar successful programs that have taken root in other cities in the U.S.

The Leaders in Knowledge & Support (LinKs) program reaches out to High School students interested in learning about the connection between Law Enforcement and their community. Students will be exposed to opportunities to gain knowledge about the Austin Police Department and its many specialized units. Through presentations and community engagement activities students will gain a better understanding of how Law Enforcement operates and how beneficial it is for police officers to establish partnerships with the communities they serve.

National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. It is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,
  • Generate support and participation in crime prevention efforts,
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations,
  • Let criminals know that neighborhoods are informed and vigilant.

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Beginning September 1, 2021, HB1927 made it legal in Texas for most people 21 or over to carry a handgun in a holster without a permit both openly and/or concealed. 

 

 

This law modified the previous open carry law from 2016 by eliminating the requirement to have a license to carry. 

This means that most people 21 or over may carry a handgun without a license to carry.