Revising the APD General Orders

The policies that govern Austin Police Department (APD) officers are found in a manual called the APD General Orders.

One of the main responsibilities of OPO’s Policy & Research Division is to provide APD with recommendations to improve the General Orders. These recommendations are generally made through one of two processes:

1. OPO recommends a policy change and shares that recommendation in writing with City leadership and APD

In 2021, OPO made 93 recommendations to APD policies and practices. This included

  • 73 recommendations to change then-current policies or practices
  • 20 recommendations to create new policies or practices

2. APD approves a policy change, and OPO responds in writing to either support or object to the change

In 2021, OPO made 31 objections to APD’s approved changes to 13 policies.

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Main office: (512) 974-9090
Complaint and thank-you hotline: (512) 972-2676

Contact information

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Main office: (512) 974-9090
Complaint and thank-you hotline: (512) 972-2676
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