Task Force

City-Community Reimagining Public Safety Task Force

The task force brought together City staff and community members to co-create a framework for public safety to be reimagined. This task force will meet regularly and provide recommendations for policy, cultural and structural changes to improve the quality of the public safety experience for all communities.

Read the Task Force Guiding Values

View the list of Task Force Work Groups

Para ver esta información en español, haga clic aquí

Task Force Presents Recommendations to City Council

The Task Force finalized a comprehensive set of public safety reform recommendations and presented them to Austin City Council April 20, 2021.  Read the Task Force recommendations report. View the recommendations presentation video in English or Spanish.

Notes from past meetings

April 15, 2021

Agenda Summary


Debrief community listening session

Review working group recommendations

Discussion and Vote on Working Group Recommendations: Read the completed Task Force Mid-Year recommendations report.

Preparation for April 20th presentation to City Council


April 10, 2021

Community Listening Session

The Task Force hosted a community listening session to solicit feedback on ways to reimagine policing and center those voices most directly harmed by policing or other public systems. 

April 7, 2021

Agenda Summary


Work Group recommendation presentations:

Meaningful Community Engagement - watch video , read the final recommendations

Equity Re-investment in Community - watch video , read the final recommendations

Reimagining 911 and Non-Police Crisis Response - watch videoread the final recommendations

Public Health Reinvestment - watch video, read the final recommendations

Patrol and Criminal Investigations - watch video, read the final recommendations

Patrol and Surveillance - watch video, read the final recommendations

Business and Economic Development - watch video

Violence Survivor Services and Prevention - watch video, read the final recommendations

Uprooting Punitive and Harm Culture in Intersecting Systems - watch video, read the final recommendations

Statement on Cadet Class Vote- read the statement

Discussion of 4/10 community listening session

Process questions


Watch the meeting video

March 10, 2021

Agenda summary

Revisit Values and Outline Facilitation Approach
Review New Proposed Dates and Larger Timeline
Discussion and Process Questions
Work group presentations
Overall Questions on Community Engagement process, Updates, Other matters
Identify Next Priorities for Next Meeting and Review Next Steps

Read the meeting minutes

February 10, 2021

Agenda summary

Update and Possible Vote on Adding New Task Force Members
Update and Decision-making on New Consultant/Facilitators
Work Group Updates
Confirm Dates and Times for Following Meetings
Conversation re: Meadows Project

Watch the meeting video.

Read the meeting minutes.

Meeting Materials

Austin Cares Program


January 20, 2021

Presentation from community representatives of the APD-Community Video Review Panel, discussion on Work Group progress and process, update on search for permanent Task Force consultants, discussion on adding new members to Task Force, etc. 

Watch the meeting video.

Read the meeting minutes.

Meeting Materials

Video Review Panel Facilitator Final Report

APD Training Videos Community Review Report

Community Review Panel Summary Reports

*These reports are an outcome related to City Council Resolution 66 - Investigate Racism within the Austin Police Department

Community Review Presentation


December 9, 2020

The task force voted to approve the values that will guide the body’s work. City Staff presented an outline of RPS related work underway, key components, timelines, as well as an overview of decoupling and council action. The presentation also included an overview of APD Operations including organizational chart, budget, inter-local agreements, etc.

Watch the meeting video


    Meeting Materials

    Staff Presentation

    Austin Police Department Inter-Local Agreements

    APD Command Org Chart


    November 5, 2020

    Task force members discussed finalizing working groups and received briefings about  Reimagining 911 from Kerry O'Connor, Chief Innovation Officer, and progress on the Mental Health Diversion Initiative from Rey Arellano, Task Force Member, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety.

    Watch the meeting video.

    October 20, 2020

    Task force members received nominations and voted to select a co-chair. A task force working group provided a presentation on the history of policing. Read meeting notes.

    You can view a recording of the meeting here. Mire la reunión en español aquí


    History of Policing Interactive Timeline

    View the history of policing timeline in Arabic.
    View the history of policing timeline in Burmese.
    View the history of policing timeline in Simplified Chinese.
    View the history of policing timeline in Traditional Chinese.
    View the history of policing timeline in Korean.
    View the history of policing timeline in Urdu.
    View the history of policing timeline in Vietnamese.

    September 10, 2020

    A new member was introduced, the members reviewed and modified the draft governance document, agreed to vote on co-chairs at the beginning of the next meeting, and decided on the next meeting agenda. Read notes. 


    September 2, 2020

    Members discussed priority areas and expectations with City leadership, reviewed their priorities for work, established Community Agreements, and decided on the next meeting agenda. Read notes.


    August 24, 2020

    Members discussed how they will work: public versus private meeting models, voting and decision making methods, group collaboration, and understanding the history of policing. Read notes.


    Task Force Community Members

    • Quincy Dunlap - Austin Area Urban League
    • Hailey Easley - Austin Asian Community Health Initiative
    • Emily Gerrick - Texas Fair Defense Project
    • Monica Guzmán - Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA)
    • Priscilla Hale - allgo
    • Dawn Handley - Integral Care
    • Chris Harris - Texas Appleseed
    • David Johnson - Grassroots Leadership
    • Amanda Lewis - Survivor Justice Project
    • Nelson Linder - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    • Kathy Mitchell - Just Liberty
    • Chas Moore - Austin Justice Coalition
    • Cary Roberts - Greater Austin Crime Commission
    • Paula Rojas - Communities of Color United
    • Matt Simpson - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    • Alicia Torres - ICE Fuera de Austin
    • Cate Graziani - Texas Harm Reduction Alliance

    Task Force City of Austin Members

    • Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde - Deputy City Manager
    • Rey Arellano - Assistant City Manager                             
    • Shannon Jones - Interim Assistant City Manager                                
    • Farah Muscadin - Director, Office of Police Oversight
    • Brion Oaks - Chief Equity Officer, Equity Office    

    City Community Task Force Work Groups

    Combined Work Group: Reimagining 911 and Non-Police Crisis Response

    Developing a deeper understanding of the needs of people who call 911 to develop recommendations to best address those needs including transitioning 9-1-1 communications from APD to independent or alternate City department management and reimagining a new response system which diverts 9-1-1 calls that come that do not warrant a police response to a non-police crisis line and response team similar to other models other cities.


    Kathy Mitchell 


    Cate Graziani


    Police Staffing: Patrol and Criminal Investigations

    Evaluating current police staffing and patrol models to develop recommendations for effective alternative approaches to crime deterrence while reducing the negative impact of patrol and criminal investigation procedures on vulnerable communities.


    Kathy Mitchell


    Public Health Reinvestment

    Exploring ways redefine public safety (and in some ways public health) to include access to affordable, equitable, accessible, high quality healthcare and housing. Focus will center on recommendations for public health reinvestments in the community while divesting from harmful punitive models.


    Cate Graziani


    Uprooting Punitive and Harm Culture in Intersecting Systems

    Assessing the ways punitive culture directs public safety efforts and develop recommendations and processes for their deconstruction and replacement.


    David Johnson


    Patrol and Surveillance

    Addressing why and how patrol and surveillance policies harm Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and fail to develop community safety. The group will explore how to divest funding from these operational areas towards creative solutions to community needs.


    David Johnson


    Business and Economic Development

    Consider how public safety issues affect businesses and economic development, including ordinance changes and staffing levels.


    Cary Roberts 


    Equity Re-investment in Community

    Identify and create upstream mechanisms that prevent the need for policing and invest in impacted communities to address long standing inequities.


    Paula X. Rojas


    Meaningful Community Engagement

    Centering the voices of those most directly harmed by systems in Reimagining Public Safety conversations by creating processes and opportunities for disproportionately impacted residents to offer up their experiences and own thoughts on what they need to feel safe. The input will ensure task force working group proposals and recommendations are informed by community members and not just organizational representatives.


    Alicia Torres 


    Violence Survivor Services and Prevention

    Exploring opportunities to improve services to survivors of violence both within and outside of APD. So few survivors report their abuse to law enforcement yet so much of the resources to mitigate violence are funneled through that department. We hope to explore ways that victims/survivors can access these resources.


    Amanda Lewis