Data analysis discussion & findings: additional information


[1] See e.g. National Center on Disability and Journalism, “Disability Language Style Guide,” last modified August 2021,; Denver Prevention Training Center and Denver Health LGBT Health Services, “Guide to LGBTQ+ Inclusive Forms,” accessed December 8, 2021.

[2] Lila Valencia (City Demographer) in discussion with OPO, December 2021.

[3] For purposes of this analysis, this term includes those respondents who self-identified as Two Spirit, Non-binary/Genderqueer/Gender-fluid, and/or Transgender Woman/Trans Feminine.

[4] See City of Austin Office of the City Auditor, Austin Police Department Body-Worn Cameras, June 2019, accessed July 7, 2022. (Per a report by the City Auditor, all APD officers except for chiefs and commanders were equipped with a body-worn camera system by April 2019. Thus, community members who interacted with an on-duty APD officer after April 2019 likely interacted with an officer equipped with a body-worn camera.)

[5] This population includes any respondent who indicated knowledge of being recorded by an APD officer or provided details regarding how they knew they were being recorded by an APD officer.

[6] For purposes of this analysis, “prefer not to answer” does not constitute a substantive response.

[7] OPO tabled at the following Austin Public Library branches: Central, Little Walnut Creek, Willie Mae Kirk, Menchaca Road, Pleasant Hills, Southeast, Windsor Park, and Ruiz. OPO also worked with the Austin Public Library to distribute surveys in English and Spanish to all branches and received 18 surveys that were bundled by Austin Public Library staff and could not be tied to specific library branches.

[8] OPO tabled at the Gus Garcia Recreation Center twice, on March 23 and March 30. A total of 7 paper surveys were filled out by residents.

[9] OPO tabled at the Pop-Up Resource Clinic (PURC) organized and run by the City of Austin's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. EMS works with partners to provide several services including health check-ups, basic necessities, and referrals to care providers and nonprofits to people experiencing homelessness at rotating locations across the city. OPO attended the PURC at Oak Meadow Baptist on March 23, 2022 and received a total of 6 paper surveys.

[10] For ease of understanding during Phase II, OPO compiled two issues from Phase I into this broader topic. The issues in Phase I were as follows: (1) unclear concepts and definitions related to recording and (2) officer discretion in determining when to record.

[11] The City of Austin contracts with a web-based survey platform called Public Input. Many City departments utilize Public Input to host their digital surveys. OPO utilized the City’s Public Input account to host the digital survey for this project. Several issues arose with the collection and storage of information by Public Input. For example, the platform allowed respondents to skip questions that were meant to be required, and it stored incomplete or abandoned surveys but provided no mechanism for identifying whether the survey was truly abandoned.

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