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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 Explorer program is intended to show youth between the ages of 14 and 20 and at a 9th grade level or higher the many career opportunities available in law enforcement. All area youth interested in a law enforcement career may apply.

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.

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.

On Monday, February 29, 2016, the Austin Police Department launched its MobilePD app - AustinPD. The app allows residents to stay informed and engaged by getting direct access to important APD services. Features include station locations, crime prevention information, news updates and the ability to file certain reports directly from the app. Users can also send tips into APD and have the option to be anonymous. Tipsters can include their GPS location, text, a photo and have a secure two-way chat with officers.

The Austin Police Department, along with community partners, will host a 2014 Austin Traffic Safety Symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6-8 p.m. This symposium is an opportunity for the community to collaborate with state and local agencies and advocacy groups about ways to create safer roadways in Austin. In addition, we look forward to getting input from all roadway users on how together we can and will make our streets and highways safer.

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.

Please contact the respective District Representative unit(s) to confirm the date, time and location or for any additional Commanders' Forum information.

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Distracted driving

The Homelessness Outreach Team or HOST is a new, innovative and collaborative initiative that is being tested in Austin’s Central Business District 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. This system will allow you to report a criminal incident to the police department. The entries into this system are for incidents that are not in progress and no threat of immediate harm to anyone exists. If this is an emergency please call 911.

National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. We invite you to attend the event, meet your neighbors and commit to helping law enforcement reduce crime in your community.

Beginning January 1, 2016, carrying a handgun openly will be legal in Texas.

This new law modifies the existing handgun license law by eliminating the requirement that licensed handguns be carried in a concealed manner.

This means that somebody with a handgun license may choose to conceal it under clothing or wear it in a holster visible to others.

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 Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration (SOAR) Unit was created in February of 1999 to register and monitor persons residing within the city limits who have been declared as sex offenders (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Chapter 62) and have a duty to register. Currently, the unit is incorporated into the Headquarters Bureau –Violent Crimes Division.

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.