CPA Socials

Have you been to our Austin CPAAA social gatherings yet?  They are fun and a good opportunity to get to know each other (and libations and munchies!) at various locations around town.  Since the spring, we’ve been meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm for happy hour, most recently on August 28 at the Pluckers on Hwy. 183 in North Austin.  There is not a social planned for September 25th, but keep an eye out for update for the October social!

New CPA Class Coordinator Selected

Beginning this summer, the APD Citizen Police Academy is being coordinated by Senior Police Officer

Senior Police Officer Surei Scanlon and Alumni Association Vice President Susan Reed

Senior Police Officer Surei Scanlon and Alumni Association Vice President Susan Reed

Scanlon.  Officer Scanlon is highly experienced with her 15 years at APD and says she is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Austin in the unique environment of the CPA Class.  Officer Scanlon has been working closely with the leadership of Austin CPAAA in preparation for the September class and in July participated in the Texas CPAAA and Law Enforcement Training Conference in San Marcos.  We welcome Officer Scanlon to her new position and are pleased to support her efforts with the APD CPA Program.

Association Members Attend Statewide Education Conference

ACPAAA Convention 2014

Alumni Association Members and SPO Scanlon at the 2014 Texas CPAAA Conference

Several members of the Austin Alumni Association attended the Texas CPAAA Conference and Law Enforcement Training Conference over the dates of July 27-29 at the Conference Center in San Marcos.  Special guest speakers and law enforcement professionals presented at informational sessions which gave attendees learning opportunities.  Groups discussions with experienced Academy and Alumni leaders afforded the chance to get ideas and learn about activities used in other cities.  The next Conference is scheduled for 2015 in El Paso.

Alumni Association Helps Recruit for CPA Class

Spreading the word to the citizens of Austin about the benefits of attending the CPA Class is an important activity and recent Commander’s Forums gave the chance to educate attendees about the Class.  Melinda Rodriguez and SPO Scanlon made presentations over the summer to recruit for the September class, which received 73 applications.  Increasing attendance at the classes to help build understanding of the police department can improve public safety in Austin.

81st Austin CPA Class Begins September 9

Sergeant-At-Arms Ian Hoffman presents the Alumni Association and its activities at the opening session of the 81st ACPA class.

Sergeant-At-Arms Ian Hoffman presents the Alumni Association and its activities at the opening session of the 81st ACPA class.

One of the largest classes assembled for an APD CPA Class will kick off the second Tuesday in September under the direction of Officer Surei Scanlon, with special address and welcome by Chief Art Acevedo and presentation by APD Chaplain Rick Randall.  Austin CPAAA Board Member Ian Hoffman will offer information on the local Alumni Association, and discuss activities, volunteer opportunities, and membership.  The Association is providing a full meal and drinks to the class for their first meeting.  A big thank you to Hoboken Pies for donating the pizza and salad for the meal!  Drinks and dessert are being provided by the Austin CPAAA.  In addition, the Association provided three-ring binders and note paper for the Class Agenda and Materials.  Members of the Association attend the CPA classes throughout the session and provide the reception at the graduation ceremony.

Generous Donation for CPA Class

The inaugural class of the 81st session of the Austin Citizen Police Academy on September 9 at APD Headquarters was treated to a wonderful meal courtesy of Hoboken Pie!  The participants and alumni members present enjoyed delicious salad and outstanding pizza to kick off their class session.  Hoboken Pie is conveniently located near APD at 8th and Red River and, in addition to pizza (lots of toppings) and salad, their menu includes sandwiches, pasta, and dessert.  The Alumni Association is grateful for the support of Hoboken Pie in making the first class very special.  Their location is easy to get to so give them a try:  You can order online, by phone 512-477-4256, they deliver, and offer catering services.

ACPAAA member spotlighted in GAMA article

Sabina Article PicA bachelor’s degree in psychology/business and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin places Sabina in a unique position in her career at Q2 Software Inc. She strongly believes that IT and banking are essential sectors for the development of any community. Sabina made a conscious decision to serve the community via this unique combination.

Sabina joined Q2 as a project coordinator in April 2012, and currently works in the marketing department. She is part of an end-user marketing team responsible for creating campaigns and ideas to help banks and credit unions promote their products. “There is a widespread misconception that local banks and credit unions do not offer the same convenience and technology as the national banks,” said Sabina.

At Q2, Sabina assists in the creation of marketing campaigns, messages and products to boost the bank’s brand, lending credibility to their offerings and ability to compete against the larger financial institutions.

“A major project I am currently involved in motivates users to rate their bank’s or credit uni
on’s mobile app on Google Play or Apple’s iTunes Store,” said Sabina. “This is important because these ratings can help boost the bank’s brand and generate buzz around the brand.”

Before she came to Q2, Sabina was an IT marketing specialist at a data storage startup in Dallas called Data Agility Group. Prior to that, she was part of the volunteer and events support team in charge of Partnership Walks and Golf Tournaments at the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. She has also worked as a social worker with The Care Communities, providing case management for individuals with cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Born and raised in England, Sabina moved to Texas when she was 16. Her father is from Malaysia and her mother from Kenya, while her husband is from Pakistan. Her native roots are in India, where her great-grandparents resided. “I am very proud of my diverse and multicultural heritage,” said Sabina. “I simply love all the great food from across cultures.”

Good cuisine seems to be on the mind of our young professional, who is expecting her first baby in mid-September. “We are very thrilled,” said Sabina. Gender will be a surprise.

A dedicated professional, Sabina tries hard to strike a good work-life balance. She attributes her success largely to her supportive family. The unwritten rule in her house is that the family has at least one meal together, which allows them to connect with one another. Sabina intends to get back to work within the first couple of months after the baby. “Technology allows me to work from home on days that there are family needs,” said Sabina.

Sabina believes in giving back to the community and cochairs the Q2Cares Committee, which is the platform her company offers for employees to donate and volunteer. Besides that, she is also affiliated with Austin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Women’s Community Center of Central Texas, Be the Change and the Early Childhood Development Center at Austin Ismaili Center.

“Don’t stop trying because you think that you don’t have the right qualifications to succeed,” advised Sabina to those looking for similar opportunities. “There are ways to learn on the job, and companies are always looking for people they can train. You may not start off in a position of your choosing, but getting in is the first step.”

ACPAAA Helps with Tip a Cop for Special Olympics

photoOn the evening of July 24, representatives of CPAAA participated with the Austin Police Department in raising funds for the Austin chapter of Special Olympics of Texas.  Throughout the state, Texas Roadhouse restaurants provided SOTX the opportunity to conduct the annual Tip a Cop event at their restaurants.  APD officers, UTPD officers, and Travis County Sheriff’s deputies teamed with the athletes to serve diners at two locations in Austin and collected donations while meeting and talking with customers about Special Olympics.  Customers made donations and purchased SOTX shirts throughout the evening, while enjoying the food and fun at the restaurant.  Photo shows participants at the North Hwy. 183 location of Texas Roadhouse.

Dine and Donate at Texas Roadhouse Thursday to Support Special Olympics Texas Athletes

Some of the Austin area’s finest will exchange their handcuffs for aprons on Thursday, July 24.  They’ll spend the evening serving up support at the local Texas Roadhouse at the Tip A Cop event.  During the tasty fundraiser, Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) members and Special Olympics Texas athletes will work the dinner shift for tips to later donate to Special Olympics Texas.

Make plans to join the Law Enforcement Torch Run at one of the following Texas Roadhouse locations:

  • 13435 US Highway 183 N, Bldg. 7, Austin 78750
  • 9300 S. IH-35 Service Road, Bldg. F, Austin 78748

Torch runners will greet and serve patrons and assist wait staff from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., collecting donations to support Special Olympics Texas athletes in the Austin area.  Patrons can also purchase a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt after they dine and donate; proceeds also benefit SOTX athletes in the Austin area.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed more than $11 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 51,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state. 


About Special Olympics Texas 
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 51,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit or call800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SO Texas;

Tip A Cop – Be There!

An opportunity has come up to help the Austin Police Department and Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX).  APD is a huge supporter of SOTX and we should be there to support our officers during the Tip A Cop fundraiser.  APD Officers will be working as wait staff/servers at both Texas Roadhouse locations in Austin (see details below).  They will donate their tips and any additional funds they collect from patrons to SOTX.

Here are the details:

Thursday, July 24th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Texas Roadhouse (Southpark Meadows) – Contact: Melinda Rodriguez

9300 S I-35, Bldg F

Texas Roadhouse (183/Anderson Mill Rd) – Contact: Susan Reed

13435 US Hwy 183 North, Bldg 7

Please join us in supporting APD and SOTX!  Bring the entire family out for dinner, or if you wish to come join us as a group, that would be great, too.  I will be at the Southpark Meadows location, and Susan Reed, our VP, will be at the 183/Anderson Mill Rd location.

Please RSVP directly to either Melinda or Susan if you plan to attend!