PROGRAMS

Amigos en Azul, or "Friends in Blue," was founded in 1982 to better bridge the gap between the Hispanic community and the Austin Police Department. In the first year, a goal was set by the board of directors to award a $200 scholarship to an Austin area high school senior. Since then, the organization has grown to over 400 members working together to address the needs of the Austin community and has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships.

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.

APD Safe Place

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 calling Sharon Cannon by phone 512-974-6262 or email.

Since 2008, the Police Department has worked with the biking community to make streets safe for bicyclists and identify issues involving bicyclists that are problematic for the community. This page provides City bicycle laws and cyclist resources.

The Capital Area Security Council (CASC) is a group of businesses and public and private security personnel joined to assist area businesses in reducing losses through the proper application of effective security measures.

The Citizen Police Academy 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 Austin Police Headquarters. The instruction is comprehensive, each week different units within the department are covered.

The slogan of the Citizen Police Academy is, “Understanding through Education.” The goal is to educate the public about the Austin Police Department and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers.

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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.

Welcome to The Austin Police Department's online incident reporting system for non-emergency incidents. This system will allow you to report certain criminal incidents to the police department. The entries into this system are for incidents that are no longer in progress, when the suspect(s) are no longer on scene or in sight, or when there is no immediate threat to life or property.  

 

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 efforts,
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations,
  • Let criminals know that neighborhoods are informed and vigilant.

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. 
 

Restore Rundberg was designed to combat crime challenges and neighborhood distress and to revitalize the Rundberg neighborhood. The project is being funded by the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program which was developed to change neighborhoods of high crime and distress into neighborhoods of opportunity.

The mission of the TACT program is to reduce CMV-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities. FMCSA is achieving its mission by educating car and truck drivers on how to share the road safely. The TACT program is a high visibility traffic enforcement program that uses communication, enforcement, and evaluation activities to reduce CMV-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries.