As part of the Austin Police Department’s mission and commitment to enhance accountability, openness, and transparency, our police officers wear body-worn cameras. 

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. The program's goal is to increase public trust in law enforcement and feelings of safety in the community. It encourages reporting of all bias crimes in all communities.  

The 2024 Fall Session is now accepting applicants!

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 different units within the department are covered each week.

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 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, and let criminals know that neighborhoods are informed and vigilant.

As of 2021, Texas law no longer requires people to have a license to carry (LTC) in order to carry a handgun in most public places.