Beyond the Badge

Austin police officers are strong, determined, and focused. But we are also compassionate, caring, and involved. We wake up each day with purpose--to protect the citizens of Austin, but to also connect with those we’re keeping safe from harm. After all, when we’re not in uniform, we’re citizens too. We are mothers, fathers, business owners and customers. We’re athletes, gamers, artists, and coaches. Whether we’re training for races, learning new crafts, or turning passion projects into secondary jobs, we are constantly striving to find things that challenge and inspire us to act as better protectors of our fellow citizens. Read our stories below and learn more about some of the ways we support our community.

  • Dell Children’s Superhero Day

    Each year our officers trade their polyester for spandex and put on quite a show for the kids at Dell Children’s Hospital. First a group of super villains arrive and then super heroes swoop in via helicopter, rappel down the building and save the day. The kids really love the magic of this day, and so do our officers.

  • Coffee with a Cop

    Each region of the Austin Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop events regularly. These events give our citizens an opportunity to meet the officers who serve their neighborhoods. Specific event times and locations are shared on the Austin Police Department Facebook events page as well as the departmental Twitter account @austin_police .

  • Central Texas Wolf Pack Football Team

    The Central Texas Wolf Pack football team is part of the National Public Safety Football League, a league of first responders all across the nation who play football to raise money for charities in the communities they serve. Our team consists of Austin police officers as well as local firefighters, EMT’s, and other law enforcement officers from all over Central Texas. Our mission, along with all of the other teams in the league, is to raise money for our designated charities through spirited competition. Please visit the National Public Safety Football League website for more information about the league and its mission. Our season schedule, team roster, and donation information is posted to our website:

  • Law Enforcement Torch Run

    The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. LETR began in 1981 in Wichita, KS, and has since become a national event. Law enforcement agencies across the United States host torch runs and other special events to raise funds. Since its inception, LETR has raised over $600 million for Special Olympics programs.

  • Operation Blue Santa

    The mission of the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa program is to provide toys, gifts, gift cards and holiday meals for families in need in our community. Each year, through generous contributions from residents, businesses, and civic groups, we provide toys and full holiday meals to local families. The program started in 1972 with about 20 families on the list and has since grown to serve over 5000 annually. Operation Blue Santa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community based corporation, governed by a board of directors and staffed by volunteers and employees of the Austin Police Department. 

  • Officer Grace Herbert Story

    I'm Officer Grace Herbert. I moved to Austin from Memphis, Tennessee, when I was 22 years old after graduating college. I started the APD Police Academy in August of 2013 and was commissioned as a police officer in March the following year.

    Growing up, I knew I wanted to help people. My inspiration for this philosophy came from the characters I read about in comic books, watched in movies, and chose in video games. The characters in my favorite fictional worlds helped people in need and made the world a better place. I knew that when I grew up, I wanted to help people and make a difference like they did. Becoming a police officer was the best way for me to help others and make a positive impact in my community.

    I have always loved making things and started creating costumes from movies and video games when I was a teenager. My friends asked me how I made them, so I started recording video tutorials and posting them to YouTube to help people make their own costumes they could enjoy. Helping my friends turned into a full-blown hobby and now I have a much larger audience that includes people like me who enjoy making costumes. When I'm not working as a police officer, I still make costumes and create instructional content to help people make their own. My job as a police officer not only allows me to help those in need, but also gives me the freedom to pursue my hobby of making and teaching people how to create their own art.