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

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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. Report Sales new hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Raids Online

The Austin Police Department has partnered with Raids Online to provide the public with real time crime information in specific areas of Austin. The information is obtained from Versadex (our RMS System), displayed on a crime map with a link allowing citizens to enter crime tips. As a result, the public is better informed about crime in their area and can see these incidents on a map. 

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

Ride Along Program

The ride along program is on hold until further notice due to precautions with COVID-19. Please email to check the status of the ride along program. 

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