Community Engagement Division

The Austin ISD Police Department recognizes that one of the most critical components of effective law enforcement is the establishment and maintenance of public trust. Our Community Engagement Division was created to further the Department’s goal in building and maintaining lasting meaningful relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders we serve on a daily basis.

We also strive to add time and resources back where they count—the classroom. Education is the ultimate mitigator of risks, so we enjoy getting the opportunity to provide educational presentations to our students and communities as well. Below, you will find a description of many of our community engagement events, along with some resources addressing the risks associated with various threats and hazards, including bullying, gangs and drug abuse.

Pink Patch Project

We are excited to announce that we have joined the Pink Patch Project, an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. Austin ISD Police Department officers will be authorized to wear the Department’s pink patch on-duty from October 1st through October 31st each year. During that time, and only during that time while supplies last, our pink patch will be made available for “purchase” by donating to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas, a local non-profit organization offering programs and services free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer regardless of income, ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, or social support.

You can learn more about each organization by visiting https://www.pinkpatchproject.com and https://www.bcrc.org

If you are interested in one of our pink patches, which are only available during the month of October while supplies last, visit our profile at Austin ISD Police Pink Patch Project.

Operation Blue Santa

The Austin ISD Police Department annually participates in Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, which is a non-profit organization that provides toys and food for families in need during the holiday season since 1972. Officers with our Department aim to get the support and goodwill of Austin residents, businesses, and civic groups through toy and food donations that ultimately support over 6,000 families each year. Donation boxes are set up at Police Headquarters, and SROs can set up donation boxes on their campuses as well.

One of the biggest events supporting Operation Blue Santa is the annual Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Our officers will decorate and submit a float for the parade, and march along with other first responder, city, state, and community organizations in one of the largest parades in Austin/Travis County. People and businesses along the parade route have the opportunity to donate unused toys, all of which go directly to Operation Blue Santa.

On Delivery Day, police officers and volunteers from around Austin will personally deliver these gifts directly to sponsored families.

For more information, to learn how to become a volunteer, or apply for assistance for your family, visit Operation Blue Santa.

Coffee with a Cop

The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. The Austin ISD Police Department understands that part of building trust involves opening lines of meaningful communication. We know you have questions, and we want to give you answers. These events allow officers, parents, and staff to meet in a casual setting to share concerns while enjoying a hot cup of joe!

Officers with our Department frequently set up these events at our campuses in cooperation with administration and parent support specialists. When an event is scheduled at a campus, officers that serve that campus’ vertical team (elementary, middle, and high schools) attend. We encourage any parents from that same vertical team to attend as well. Frequently, the Chief of Police and/or Command Staff will attend as well.

To schedule a Coffee with a Cop event at your child’s school, please reach out to the respective campus administrator or parent support specialist, or email us at aisdpd@austinisdpolice.org.

Traffic Safety and Education Division

In September 2020, The Austin ISD Police Department created the Traffic Safety and Education Division to promote traffic safety awareness so every student and parent can feel safe traveling to and from school. The Division will be comprised of officers who dedicate their time to promote pedestrian, bicycle, and driving safety. The Department secured a 34-foot trailer through generous donations from State Farm and Physician’s Premier Emergency Room that will be used to haul the equipment and supplies used for these safety presentations and events.

The program was designed to accomplish the following:

  • Increased visibility of officers in school zones and along bus routes
  • Decreased traffic infractions in school zones
  • Educate the community to promote and increase the proper installation of child safety seats
  • Pedestrian Safety Education
  • Bicycle Safety Education
  • Child Safety Seat Installation
  • Prevention of children, elderly, and pets left in hot cars
  • Increase teen driving safety, including:
    • Reduce Distracted Driving (including texting and driving)
    • Reduce Impaired Driving
    • Seat belt Safety

Program Activities:

  • Formation of AISD Traffic Safety Committee
  • Host and organize multiple Traffic Safety Events in the 2020 calendar year on high school campuses
  • Community building for AISD PD on campuses
  • Educational activities by State Farm agents and representatives and other community vendors
  • Formation of Traffic Safety Unit
  • Media Campaign to promote traffic safety events and increase awareness of AISD PD traffic safety program

The Traffic Safety and Education Division also plans to partner with Texas Department of Transportation Educational programs to provide an even more broad spectrum of safety topics to as many students as possible

The 411 for Safety Resources

Austin ISD's Police Department is dedicated to the healthy development of students and employees. We strive to add time and resources back where they count—the classroom. Education is the ultimate mitigator of risks. Please take time to review each resource, which address the risks associated with various threats and hazards, including bullying, gangs and drug abuse.

Bullying Prevention

Visit StopBullying.gov for information on how to keep yourself or kids you know safe from bullying.

Crime Stoppers

Our goal is to keep schools safe and you can help us reach that goal. Campus Crime Stoppers allows students to be involved in promoting safety and security at school. Using Campus Crime Stoppers allows you to remain completely anonymous. We never ask for your name and every call is 100 percent confidential.

If you have a tip, please submit it online at tipsoft.com or call 512-499-TIPS (8477).

Cyber Safety

Visit our Austin ISD Cyber Safety page to learn more about internet safety and digital citizenship.

Drug Awareness

Did you know that 90 percent of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18? Get the facts about drugs at abovetheinfluence.com.

Protecting Our Children

CenterForChildProtection.org is a great resource for information on how to recognize when child abuse is happening. The organization not only informs but also provides help for children who have made an outcry of abuse in the Travis County area.

Gang Awareness

This guide provides common warning signs of gang involvement but may not be all-encompassing. Families should look for multiple signs to indicate possible gang involvement because some of these indicators alone are also common among youth not involved in gangs. Families are encouraged to seek help early by contacting school personnel, local law enforcement, faith leaders and community organizations for assistance.