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. 

  • Community Police Academy

    The Community 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 Community 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.

    We hope the graduates of the Community Police Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Police Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join the Austin Police Department in this rewarding program.

    The next class begins February 7, 2023. Click here to learn more about the Community Police Academy.