The Community Police Review Commission serves as a resource to the community to address concerns regarding the Austin Police Department.
1. Apply online.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed when vacancies arise. If you are unable to submit an online application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before you apply, please be aware of the following requirements and disqualifiers.
- Personal information
- Answers to open-ended questions that demonstrate an ability to develop consensus, work effectively on a team, and create positive change in organizations
- A resume in PDF, DOC, DOCX, HTML, or plain text format
- Agreement to serve neutrally, and always remain fair and objective
- Consent to a criminal background check
- Having been convicted of a felony, received deferred adjudication for a felony, or currently being under felony indictment
- Currently holding public office or being employed at the City of Austin
- Being under the age of 18
Applicants are not required to live within Austin city limits. Read more below about the commission and the full requirements for being appointed.
2. If your application is selected, the Office of the City Auditor will contact you for a criminal background check.
This background check does not include a credit check.
3.If your background check is accepted and your application selected as a finalist, the Office of Police Oversight will invite you to an in-person interview.
About the commission
The Community Police Review Commission (CPRC) consists of unpaid volunteers appointed by the City Manager to:
- Make policy-level recommendations regarding discipline, training, community relations, and the complaint process.
- Address any other issues of concern by the community.
- Review patterns and practices of the Austin Police Department.
- Assess critical incidents and review individual cases of police misconduct.
- Make fair and objective recommendations, as authorized in Article 16 of the 2018 Meet and Confer Agreement, pages 46-62 (PDF, 780 KB).
- Assess the effectiveness of the Office of Police Oversight.
Expectations of commissioners
- Attend subject officer interviews.
- Review confidential case file information and videos.
- Attend monthly meetings.
- Draft recommendations and review individual cases of officers' conduct in a fair and objective manner.
- Attend 3 community forums per year.
- Serve for 2 years.
- Commit 10-15 hours per month.
- Attend training on civilian oversight.
- Participate in multi-day trainings by the Austin Police Department, including training on:
- Special investigations unit
- Officer-involved shootings
- Response to resistance
- Police training academy
- Crisis intervention team
- Bomb squad and special weapons and tactics (SWAT)
- Participate in two police ride-alongs per year
- Austin Police Association
- Internal Affairs Division
Qualifications to be on the commission
- Must be age 18 or older
- Cannot hold public office or be employed by the City of Austin
- Cannot have an immediate family member who is currently or formerly employed by the Austin Police Department. For purposes of this application, immediate family members are defined as parents, step-parents, siblings, children, and step-children.
- Cannot have a felony criminal conviction, be under felony indictment, or have received deferred adjudication on a felony
Please be aware that when considering applying to the commission, and if selected, every commissioner must be fair, objective, and neutral. Commissioners must not favor a complainant or accused police officer and must make decisions based only on the facts and evidence.