Welcome to the Austin Police Department Air Support Unit. Please take the time to look through our website and learn more about our unit and its personnel.
The Air Support Unit currently has two helicopter pilots and three tactical flight officers. Patrol missions are flown with one pilot and one tactical flight officer. All unit helicopter pilots are dual rated in both airplanes and helicopters, with at least a commercial rating in each area. The unit is in the process of training several pilots for their fixed wing ratings.
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.
The Austin Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Unit has both an enforcement and investigative branch. The Animal Cruelty Unit is composed of (1) Sergeant, (2) Detectives, and (1) Civilian Specialist. The Animal Cruelty Unit is housed at the Animal Services Center and works closely with the staff of the Animal Services Office.
The District Representatives’ purpose is to designate an officer assigned to an area as a liaison between the community and the police department to assist the community in solving neighborhood problems.
The Special Events Unit should be contacted to assist in the planning and execution of a Closure Permit as defined by City of Austin Ordinance 14-8. This would include closures for Moving Events and Stationary Events as defined by City of Austin Right-of-Way Closure Rules.
The Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC) is a collaborative effort of ten Public Safety Agencies in Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties. ARIC partner agencies will work together to provide resources, expertise and/or information to the center. ARIC focuses on regional public safety data analysis. The mission of ARIC is to maximize the ability to detect, prevent, apprehend, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity.
As part of its continuing effort to reduce auto thefts, the Austin Police Department Auto Theft Interdiction Project has established a 24-hour hotline for residents to use to report suspicious activity. The hotline number is 512-974-5096. Information received pertaining to activity outside the Department's jurisdiction will be forwarded to the appropriate agencies.
The Austin Police Department’s Burglary Unit is one of the Divisions that investigates crimes against property. The Burglary Unit is specifically tasked with the investigation of residential and non-residential/commercial burglaries inside the jurisdiction of the City of Austin.
The Career Criminal Unit (CCU) was created in January 2002. The mission is to target high profile suspects, repeat offenders, and persons on probation or parole who continue to pose an immediate danger to our citizens. This will be accomplished by working closely with units within our department and various criminal justice agencies at the municipal, state and federal level. This partnership will enhance abilities in apprehending and prosecuting individuals who have a high propensity for criminal behavior.
Austin Police Department assigns detectives in the Child Abuse Unit to investigate specific matters of Online Solicitation of a Child, Criminal Solicitation of a Child, Child Pornography, and Displaying Material Harmful to a Minor. They investigate incidents that spawn from Internet chat rooms, cellular telephones, blog pages, online forums, video games, and other media and other communications formats.
The Court Services Unit is responsible for providing building security to the Austin Municipal Court and other City Judicial Buildings. In addition to providing security service to the Courts, personnel conduct warrant services on outstanding municipal Class “C” and Traffic violators.
This unit works to increase enforcement of DWI laws and send a message to motorists who drink and drive.
The Family Violence Protection Team (FVPT) is a collaborative, community response to family violence that provides multiple services at one location. We improve access to law enforcement, counseling, crisis management and legal services for survivors of family violence and their children. We hope to increase batterer accountability, empower survivors to lead violence-free lives and lead the community's zero tolerance policy toward family violence.
The Financial Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating crimes in which a financial instrument is used by the criminal element. The Financial Crimes Unit works offenses of credit card abuse, identity theft, counterfeit or forged checks, false statement to obtain credit and counterfeit U.S. Currency cases (in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service).
The Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) was created in August 1998 during a departmental reorganization. It was established with the purpose of executing warrants not served by uniformed patrol officers or departmental detectives. The unit, by executing departmental warrants, will allow uniformed patrol officers to remain in their assigned sectors available for calls while also allowing detectives additional time to conduct their criminal investigations.
In 2005 the Joint Juvenile Gang Unit was formed to address youth gang activity in and around the Austin area.
The unit is responsible for clearing traffic hazards, investigating crashes and enforcing traffic laws and City Ordinances on all the high-speed roadways within the city limits of Austin. Enforcement operations and unit deployments are based upon statistical analysis of collision and other data. The primary purpose of the HRT is to reduce accidents, save lives, and facilitate the safe and efficient movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the City.
The Austin Police Department Homicide Unit is tasked with the investigation of all homicides, accidental deaths (non-traffic related), suicide, death of a suspicious or undetermined nature, and kidnappings inside the jurisdiction of the City of Austin.
Within our legal system, the crime of murder has no statute of limitations. Homicide investigators see the job of bringing these killers to justice as a solemn duty. They realize that justice is owed not only to the deceased victim, but to the family and friends left behind.
Human Trafficking is modern day slavery, widespread throughout the United States today. Trafficking in humans is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor.
The mission of Internal Affairs is to review officer involved critical incidents and investigate complaints received on sworn and non-sworn employees of the Austin Police Department. Critical incidents include officer involved shootings, pursuits resulting in serious injury, or any incident resulting in serious injury or death of a person, regardless of any allegations of misconduct.
The Austin Police Department Canine Unit was established in 1979 and its mission is to provide trained police canine teams to assist in the prevention and detection of crime, to locate persons sought by the police, to promote a favorable public image of the Department and to carry out other duties as may be directed by the Canine Sergeant or the Department.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Austin Police Department Lake Patrol Unit. The APD Lake Patrol Unit is a seven day operation that is responsible for patrolling the three area public lakes in the City of Austin. Our presence on these waterways is to properly educate boaters and ensure the safety of all persons on the water.
The City of Austin is blessed with an abundance of water recreation opportunities. Austin Parks and Recreation Department operates and maintains parkland surrounding several lakes, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin and Lake Walter E. Long. The lakes have a variety of recreation opportunities.
With the recent rapid growth of the City of Austin area, there has been a substantial increase in commercial motor vehicle traffic. The License & Weight team was created to enforce local, state, and federal laws as they apply to the operation of commercial motor vehicles as well as traffic enforcement and collisions on all the high-speed roadways within the city limits of Austin.
The Missing Persons Unit is responsible for investigating the following: Harboring a Runaway, Request to Locate, Out of County Missing Person believed to be in Austin, Runaway, Found Child, Missing Child, Missing Adult, Recovered Runaway, Found Adult, Missing Person Endangered, Missing due to catastrophic events such as floods.
The Austin Police Department has the largest Motorcycle Unit in the State of Texas. The Motorcycle Unit consists of 1 Lieutenant, 6 Sergeants and 45 Senior Police Officers. The Motorcycle Fleet currently consists of 70 BMW Motorcycles.
The Austin Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit is currently made up of 8 officers, 1 Corporal and 1 Sergeant. This number can increase during special events when the unit brings in auxiliary riders, to field more horses. The unit currently has 14 horses.
The APD Narcotics Unit Investigates all types of narcotics violations, processes patrol narcotic administrative cases, and assists other APD investigative details, including Metro Response, District Representatives, as well as assisting local, state and federal agencies. In addition, the unit works with confidential informants, does surveillance, conducts search warrants and acts in an undercover capacity.
The Nuisance Abatement Unit is composed of two Detectives and one Sergeant. The Nuisance Abatement Unit works “behind the scenes” with property owners and other city departments in an attempt to first gain voluntary compliance with properties that have been deemed a “nuisance”. If voluntary compliance is not met then detectives utilize various statutes to remedy the nuisance.
The police department has divided the City into 4 regions. Liaisons work in each of these regions as requested by the officers or residents. Outreach efforts include:
The Park Patrol Unit is responsible for patrolling more than 16,000 acres of land containing 251 parks, 15 preserves, 40 greenbelts, 47 pools, and over 74 miles of trails in the City of Austin. Park officers utilize a wide range of tools to preserve the peace within City of Austin parks and are often seen patrolling on foot or bikes along park trails. Many of the areas patrolled by the Park Unit are not accessible by vehicle.
The Robbery Unit is responsible for investigating robberies of individuals, businesses, and banks within the City of Austin. The unit conducts and documents robbery and robbery related investigations to include going to crime scenes, conducting interviews and interrogations, issuing and executing warrants and making referrals to courts and other agencies.
Our motto is “We Believe”, because we understand the bias and prejudice victims can experience due to common misperceptions about the realities of sexual assault. We encourage anyone who has been, or thinks they have been sexually assaulted to report it immediately to the Austin Police Department.
The Unit's motto is "Leave No Stone Unturned in Seeking the Truth". While this unit was initially created to investigate only APD officer involved incidents, it quickly grew to include criminal investigations involving all sworn peace officers alleged to have committed a criminal offense within the jurisdiction of the Austin Police Department.
The primary mission of the Austin Police SWAT team is to professionally resolve life threatening critical incidents, while striving to minimize negative impact on Austin’s residents and visitors. In addition, SWAT is to provide tactical, administrative and training support to all members of the Department.
Rush Hour Rapid Response is a program offered by the City of Austin to promote citizen safety and reduce congestion on the major thoroughfares during peak traffic times.
The Vehicle Abatement Unit is responsible for tagging and clearing the streets of abandoned vehicles and trailers as well as junked/nuisance vehicles left on private property.
The Vehicular Homicide Unit’s job is to investigate the scenes of crashes that have fatal or life threatening injuries, in order to determine if something criminal occurred. The Unit uses extensive training in crash reconstruction, computerized mapping and animation, and on-board data recorders in order to accomplish this.
The Vice unit enforces organized gambling, organized prostitution, and pornography-related state laws and city ordinances.
Created in 1981, the long held mission of the Victim Services Division of the Austin Police Department is to respond to crime victim’s psychological and emotional needs.
We are committed to finding quality volunteers who will enhance the work of the Police Department. We believe that a volunteer workforce will strengthen community relations and build strong partnerships.
The Wrecker Enforcement Unit oversees various components related to towing in Austin, which include coordinating the APD Rush Hour and collision rotation rosters, inspecting trucks and licensing drivers, investigating crimes related to towing ordinances, and lastly, working with City Council, citizens, and local wrecker companies to address current issues.