What disciplinary actions did APD take?

See a breakdown of disciplinary actions the Austin Police Department (APD) made in 2019 and 2020. This table shows the level of discipline, number of officers disciplined, and General Orders policy violations.

Table: APD disciplinary actions in 2019 and 2020

In 2019, 200 individual APD officers received discipline. In some instances, officers were disciplined for more than one policy violation. During this period, officers were disciplined most often for violations of equipment policies, field operations and custody, response to resistance and pursuit, field response, investigations, and personnel policies.

In 2020, 159 individual officers received discipline. In some instances, officers were disciplined for more than one policy violation. During this period, officers were most often disciplined for violating field operations and custody policies, equipment policies, personnel policies, response to resistance and pursuit policies, field response, investigations, and reporting policies.

Levels of discipline can vary for even the same policy violation. An example of this is General Order 301.2 Impartial Attitude and Courtesy, for which APD determined and issued decisions of both indefinite suspension and oral reprimand. Indefinite suspensions are the highest level of discipline and oral reprimands are one of the lowest levels of discipline.

YearLevel of discipline APD issuedNumber of APD officers disciplinedRelated policy violations
2019Demotion1Organizational structure and responsibility
Neglect of duty
2019Education-based discipline (pending)3Initial response and investigation
Department issued body worn digital recording
Crash reports
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Detentions
General operation of department vehicles
2020Education-based discipline (pending)16Initial response and investigation
Neglect of duty
Report writing
Use of force to seize evidence
Application of the Taser device
Pursuit guidelines
Personal conduct
Determining the objective reasonableness of force
Safe handling of firearms
Impartial attitude and courtesy
General operation of department vehicles
2019Indefinite suspension3Privacy and security of records
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Responsibility to know and comply
Acts bringing discredit upon the department
Prohibited associations
Requirements of duty
Responsibility to know and comply
Honesty
Cooperating with assigned investigators
Officer responsibility to report
2020Indefinite suspension1Impartial attitude and courtesy
Acts bringing discredit upon the department
Responsibility to co-workers
2019Oral reprimand85General operation of department vehicles
Property and evidence collection procedures
General provisions
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Policy
Handling lost, stolen, and damaged property
Smoking/tobacco use
Requirements of duty
Department issued body worn digital recording
Responsibility to the community
Personal conduct
Crash investigation
Sick leave
Equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination
Vehicle inventory
Incidents requiring a cit officer
Miranda warning
2020Oral reprimand45General operation of department vehicles
Initial response and investigation
Personal conduct
When department issued BWC system use is required
Off-duty law enforcement actions
Vehicle inventory
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Crash investigation
Handcuffing detainees
Department technology use
Report of use
Customer service and community relations
Requirements of duty
Racial or bias-based profiling policy
Primary unit responsibilities
Storage of firearms
Responsibility to co-workers
2019Suspension16Assault victim statement
Victim information
Evidence collection and photographs
Emergency protective orders
Civil standby
Required information
Reporting guidelines
Neglect of duty
Insubordination
Body worn digital recording systems
Digital mobile audio video recording
Acts bringing discredit upon the department
Responsibility to know and comply
Required reporting of violations
Prohibited speech, expression and conduct
Required reporting
Response to resistance
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Personal conduct
Peace officer emergency commitment
General operation of department vehicles
When to terminate a pursuit
Personal conduct
2020Suspension21Secure and identify witnesses
Arrest requriement for assualtive offenses
Family violence involving mental illness
Neglect of duty
When department issued BWC system use is required
Department issued body worn camera
Mobile data computer use guidelines
Digial mobile audio video recording
Required reporting
General operation of department vehicles
De-eescalation of potential force encounters
Use of the Taser device
General conduct
Records retention
Personal conduct
Responsibility to co-workers
Body worn digital recording systems
Radio and mobile data computer use
Responsibility to the community, purpose and scope
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Initial response and investigation
Incident reporting and documentation, general guidelines
Harrassment
Supervisor's role
Responsibility to know and comply
Acts bringing discredit upon the department
Political activities, endorsements, and advertisements
APD incident reporting
Towing situations
Factors to consider before initiating a pursuit
When to terminate a pursuit
Pursuit driving considerations and restrictions
Limitation on LERE hours worked
Required reporting of overtime and LERE hours worked
2019Written reprimand92General operation of department vehicles
Restrictions on vehicle pursuits
Pursuit guidelines
Prohibited speech, expression and conduct
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Responsibility to co-workers
General attendance guidelines
Evidence processing and submission
Storage of firearms
Privacy and security of records
Penalties for misuse of records
Property and evidence collection procedures
Neglect of duty
Pursuit considerations and restrictions
When to terminate a pursuit
Timesheets
General attendance guidelines
When department issued BWDR system is required
Required classification of DMAV recordings
Initial response and investigation
Department issued body worn digital recording
Required DMAV testing
Safe handling of firearms
Parking of department vehicles
Secondary employment qualification and application process
Body worn digital recording systems
Secondary employment
Incident reporting and documentation
Driving a non-city vehicle
Assessment and de-escalation
Incidents of personal interest
Policy
Department vehicles
Use of the Taser device
Report writing
Arrest requirement for assaultive offenses
Secondary employment application packets
Prohibited types of secondary employment
Other records
Review of all BWDR system recordings
Review of DMAV system recordings
Responsibility to know and comply
Miranda warning and admissibility
Reporting of unintentional firearm discharge while at the APD firearms range
Application of the Taser device
Special deployment considerations
Low speed intervention
Crash reports
Search incident to arrest
Factors to consider before initiating a pursuit
Primary unit responsibilities
2020Written reprimand76General operation of department vehicles
Incident reporting and documentation
Personal conduct
Submitting narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia
Restrictions on vehicle pursuits
Vehicle pursuits
When department issued BWC system use is required
Consensual encounters
Prohibited use of email
Assessment and de-escalation
Impartial attitude and courtesy
Towing situations
Review of all BWDR system recordings
Prohibited uses of department technology
General conduct and responsibilities, purpose and scope
Pursuit guidelines
Handcuffing detainees
Officer responsibility to report
Documenting DMAV system use
Crash investigation
Crash reports
When DMAV use is required
Emergency response and vehicle operation
Privacy and security of records
Low speed intervention
Responsbility to know and comply
Required reporting of violations
Storage of firearms
Authority and accountability
Externally initiated complaints
Limitation on LERE hours worked
Search protocol
Safe handling of firearms
StarChase Pursuit Management System
Code 2 (limited emergency operation)

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