Serve on the Community Police Review Commission

The Community Police Review Commission serves as a resource to the community to address concerns regarding the Austin Police Department. Commissioners are unpaid volunteers appointed by the City Manager to serve a two year term and commit to 10-15 hours per month.

  1. Apply online. If you are unable to submit an online application, email cprc@atxpolicecommission.org. Before you apply, please be aware of the following requirements and disqualifiers.

    Application requirements

    • Personal information
    • Answers to open-ended questions that demonstrate an ability to develop consensus, work effectively on a team, and create positive change in organizations
    • A resume in PDF, DOC, DOCX, HTML, Or plain text format
    • Agreement to serve neutrally, and always remain fair and objective
    • Consent to a criminal background check

    Commission disqualifiers

    • Having been convicted of a felony, received deferred adjudication for a felony, or currently being under felony indictment
    • Currently holding public office or being employed at the City of Austin
    • Being under the age of 18


    Applicants are not required to live within Austin city limits. Read more below about the commission and the full requirements for being appointed.

  2. If your application is selected, the Office of the City Auditor will contact you for a criminal background check. This background check does not include a credit check.

  3. If your background check is accepted and your application selected as a finalist, the Office of Police Oversight will invite you to an in-person interview.

About the commission

The Community Police Review Commission (CPRC) consists of unpaid volunteers appointed by the City Manager to:

  • Make policy-level recommendations regarding discipline, training, community relations and the complaint process.
  • Address any other issues of concern by the community.
  • Review patterns and practices of the Austin Police Department.
  • Assess critical incidents and review individual cases of police misconduct.
  • Make fair and objective recommendations, as authorized in Article 16 of the 2018 Meet and Confer Agreement, pages 46-62 (PDF, 780 KB).
  • Assess the effectiveness of the Office of Police Oversight.

Expectations of commissioners

  • Attend subject officer interviews.
  • Review confidential case file information and videos.
  • Attend monthly meetings.
  • Draft recommendations and review individual cases of officers' conduct in a fair and objective manner.
  • Attend 3 community forums per year.
  • Serve for 2 years.
  • Commit 10-15 hours per month.
  • Attend training on civilian oversight.
  • Participate in multi-day trainings by the Austin Police Department, including training on:
    • Special investigations unit
    • Officer-involved shootings
    • Response to resistance
    • Police training academy
    • Crisis intervention team
    • Firearms
    • Bomb squad and special weapons and tactics (SWAT)
    • Participate in two police ride-alongs per year
    • Austin Police Association
    • Internal Affairs Division

Qualifications to be on the commission

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Cannot hold public office or be employed by the City of Austin
  • Cannot have an immediate family member who is currently or formally employed by the Austin Police Department. For purposes of this application, immediate family members are defined as parents, step-parents, siblings, children, and step-children.
  • Cannot have a felony criminal conviction, be under felony indictment, or have received deferred adjudication on a felony

Please be aware that when considering applying to the commission, and if selected, every commissioner must be fair, objective, and neutral. Commissioners must not favor a complainant or accused police officer and must make decisions based only on the facts and evidence.

Contact information

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

Contact information

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