The City of Austin has made numerous reforms to public safety over the years, including conducting an investigation of systemic discrimination and bias within APD and establishing the Office of Police Oversight.
The April 24, 2020 death of Mr. Michael Ramos during an interaction with APD officers amplified calls to end disparities in how communities of color are treated when they interact with officers. Those calls became part of a moment of national racial reckoning with the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
In August 2020, after hours of community testimony, the City Council passed a historic budget to redefine public safety. Also, the City Manager charged his Executive Leadership Team with creating a City-Community Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to consider new ways to help and support the community in times of crisis.
The City of Austin is committed to implementing policy and cultural changes to address the disproportionate impact of police violence on people of color and other affected communities.
In this historic moment, the City Manager and City Council have acted on a series of public safety changes.
Community Video Review Panel Recommendations Released
A community panel assembled by the City of Austin Equity Office conducted a review of selected Austin Police Department (APD) Training Academy videos to determine their suitability from an equity perspective. The group has issued recommendations for improvement as a result of that review. Those recommendations are outlined in the APD Training Videos Community Review Report drafted by the community representatives serving on the panel as well as the Video Review Panel Facilitator Final Reportfrom the facilitator of the video review process. The review and recommendations are one of the outcomes resulting from City Council Resolution 66: Investigate Racism within APD.
Equity Office Releases Equity Analyses of APD
The Equity Office released results of two bodies of work documenting racial inequities within the Austin Police Department. The first assessment summarizes a series of evaluations of seven Austin Police Department division-level equity assessment responses identified by a third-party evaluator, The Peace Mill Research and Communications. The second assessment is a report prepared by Joyce James Consulting to aid in the effort to eliminate racial inequities within APD. Read the reports.
The Reimagining Public Safety November 2020 progress report is now available
- Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data Released
- Racial Disparity Dashboard Published
- City-Community Reimagining Public Safety Task Force Update