The City of Austin has adopted laws regulating the operation of alarm systems. The City of Austin requires an alarm permit for each residence or business that operates an alarm system in the City Limits of the City of Austin. The Austin Police Department enforces and administers the Alarm Permit Ordinance.

APD Online Crash Reports

Purchase crash reports quickly and easily with LexisNexis® Police Reports

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APD Provides Free Gun Locks

The Blue Santa program provides full holiday meals and distributes wrapped Christmas gifts to community members during the holidays. Those in need can apply to receive help.

You can easily help area law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime in Austin and Travis County by submitting an anonymous crime tip online.

CrimeViewer is a web mapping application that accesses crime information from APD’s police reports database. Searches may be accomplished using several geographic boundaries.

Criminal History Check/Clearance Letter/Fingerprinting

NOTICE: Due to precautions related to COVID19, fingerprinting services at Austin Police Headquarters are suspended beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Services will be suspended until further notice. 

In the meantime, please visit IdentiGo:


The APD’s online incident reporting system allows you to report a criminal incident to the Police Department. Entries into this system are for incidents that are not in progress and that present no threat of immediate harm to anyone.

The Greater Austin Crime Commission was formed in order to help the Austin Police Department reduce crime. The commission enables community members to support public safety concerns.

In most cases, the public portion of police reports can be obtained from the APD Incident Report Database. For all other questions or information regarding the purchase of police reports, traffic collision reports, and open records requests, please call 512-974-5212 or 512-974-5499. 

Citizens can search for persons in the registered sex offenders database using geographical information or names.

Due to the decline in COVID-19 infections, we are reinstituting our Police Observer (ride-along) Program. Civilian observers will only be assigned to officers who volunteer to accept them. The Department cannot require a civilian observer to be vaccinated or wear a mask.

See the APD Ride Along Policy - APD Policy 324 and apply here.

This Warrant Search online service allows you to search for active warrants.