APD Explorers compete in 25th Annual TLEEAA State Competition

During the weekend of July 12, 2014, Austin Police Explorers, along with 96 teams from around Texas, attended the 25th Annual Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association State Competition (TLEEAA) at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.

The Explorers received awards for the following achievements:

  • Explorer of the Year, Christian Mendoza
  • Post of the Year, North Post #1000
  • 2nd Place Active Shooter Scenario, North Post #1000
  • 3rd Place Burglary in Progress Scenario, Combined North and South posts
  • 3rd Place Domestic Crisis Scenario, North Post #1000
  • 3rd Place Officer Down Rescue Scenario, Combined North and South posts
  • 3rd Place Bike Obstacle Challenge, Explorer Seth Davis, North Post #1000
  • 3rd Place Video Competition, Explorer Kelsey Ellis, North Post #1000

Over a two-day period, each explorer competed in eight different scenarios, multiple individual events such as Non-Emergency Driving Course (NEVO), Bicycle Obstacle Course, Physical Fitness Agility Course, and various other activities. Additionally, Explorers who were interested had the opportunity to enter a mini-triathlon on the final day of the competition.

Commencement Ceremony Held for 127th APD Cadet Class

The Austin Police Department Training Academy graduated 19 new officers on May 30, 2014, at Austin Cornerstone Church.  These officers were in a modified class which expedites their training as they have previous service as peace officers in other locations. The Austin Police Honor Guard Pipe and Drum Corps led the procession of graduates and Austin Police Senior Chaplain Rick Randall gave the invocation.  The graduates, their families and friends, and the APD Command and Training staff heard a personal and moving address by Distinguished Speaker Chief Howard Williams of the San Marcos PD, formerly an Austin police officer for over 20 years.  APD Chief Art Acevedo addressed the graduates and their families, conducted the police badge pinning, and administered the oath of office.  He congratulated them on their achievements, praised their dedication, and welcomed them to the force.  Following the graduation ceremony, the Austin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association provided a reception for the graduates and their guests.

Photos of the event are posted on our Photos Page.

CPA Class #80 Graduates and Sets Milestone

With the graduation on May 20, 2014, of the 80th CPA Class, a milestone was reached – over 2,000 people have now completed the Citizen Police Academy of the Austin Police Department.  This accomplishment signifies the high level of community interest in the police department and the support that residents have for the work done by police officers.  The graduation ceremony was conducted at Austin Cornerstone Church with congratulations offered by CPA Coordinator Officer Jermaine Kilgore.  Chief Art Acevedo addressed the class and praised their participation.  He administered the oath to the graduates.  Austin CPA Alumni Association President Melinda Rodriguez called the names of the graduates who received their diplomas and had photos made with the Chief.  Afterward, the graduates and their families were honored at a reception provided by the Austin CPA Alumni Association.

Photos of the event can be located at our Photos Page.

126th APD Cadets Join the Force

On March 21, the Austin Police Department held graduation ceremonies for the 126th Cadet Class at Great Hills Baptist Church.  Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell congratulated the 35 cadets on their accomplishments and Chief Art Acevedo welcomed the new officers to the Department and administered the Oath of Office. Other featured speakers were Lt. Ernie Hinkle and Mr. Ralph Wayne.  Following the ceremony, the large crowd of family members and friends joined the graduates and distinguished guests at a reception provided by the Austin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.

This class of cadets, along with the 125th class, comprising 33 cadets, which graduated in December, joins the Austin Police Department’s Patrol Unit in protecting and serving the citizens of Austin.  The 68 new officers are a much needed addition to help fill the almost 20% shortage in the Department.  The APD Training Academy, led by Commander Phillip Crochet, conducts classes continually through the year to fill vacancies on the police force.

To see photos of the 126th Cadet Class’s graduation, please see our photos page.

Lots of Ways to Support APD and Give Back to Your Community

Completing the CPA class gives citizens the privilege of volunteering to assist with many programs of the Austin Police Department.  And, at the same time, they offer service to the community, and know that they have made a contribution.  ACPAAA members can participate in volunteer opportunities with Blue Santa, National Night Out, VIN etchings, Academy training role play scenarios with cadets, receptions at cadet graduation ceremonies, pawn shop data entry, and sorting/filing arrest records.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Melinda Rodriguez, ACPAAA President.

80th CPA Class Kicks Off

February 11, 2014, was day one of the current Citizen Police Academy session, a program which Austin began in 1987.  The 37 class participants were welcomed by SPO Kilgore and treated to a meal provided by the Austin CPA Alumni Association. Over the 14 weeks of the session, the class will receive information from police officers which will promote greater understanding of the operations of the department and police work in Austin.  In mid-March, the class president announced that she had received commitments from restaurants to provide food to the class on four dates during the session. Those generous restaurants are: Jimmy John’s, Hoover’s, Love Balls, and East Side Café.  The class also planned to hold an informational meeting for any members of their class and previous classes who will make application for police officer positions at APD.  Graduation ceremonies for the 80th class are planned for May 20.

Operation Blue Santa prepares for Golf Fundraiser

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Operation Blue Santa is preparing to host the 3rd Annual “Swing Into Action” Golf tournament. The tournament benefits Operation Blue Santa, which provides meals and gifts to needy Austin families during the holidays.

Operation Blue Santa is supported over 3,500 families this past year and is in need of support from the Austin community. Everyone is highly encouraged to invite any and all golfers that they may know to this event – Operation Blue Santa and the Austin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association thanks you!

The tournament will be held on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at Falconhead Golf Club (15201 Falconhead Blvd, Austin, TX 78738) at 1:00 PM. Please click on the picture of the flyer above for more details.

Austin Citizen Police Academy Highlighted in Daily Texan

ACPA was recently featured in an online article for the Daily Texan, the University of Texas’s student newspaper. In it, Senior Police Officer Jermaine Kilgore, ACPAAA President Melinda Rodriguez, and ACPAAA Vice-President Susan Reed were quoted praising the ACPA for its service to the city and spreading the word about the program.

The article can be viewed here.

79th ACPA Class Graduates

In its 26th year of providing education through the Citizen Police Academy to the people of Austin, the Austin Police Department held graduation ceremonies on December 17, 2013, for 31 citizens who completed the session that began in September.  In the Academy, APD strives to create understanding through education and increase the rapport between citizens and police officers. The class members gained a working knowledge of APD and benefited from information in the diverse curriculum topics presented by the police officers.

Family members and friends of the graduates gathered at Cornerstone Church to recognize the 79th Class for their commitment in completing the class.  Graduates were commended by the CPA Coordinator, Senior Police Officer Jermaine Kilgore, who praised their efforts and success.

“Congratulations to the graduates of the 79th Citizens Police Academy. It was my pleasure spending the last 14 weeks with all of you. I hope that this experience was enlightening to you all, and going forward I hope the relationship and communication between you and your Police Department grows more and more each day.”
–    Senior Police Officer Jermaine Kilgore

To show their appreciation to Officer Kilgore for his work as coordinator, Class President Nanci Wilson, on behalf of the class, presented a special gift to Officer Kilgore during the ceremony.

A reception with refreshments after the ceremony was provided and hosted by the Austin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association which is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the APD through volunteerism and community activities.  Graduates of the Academy are encouraged to join the Alumni Association and participate in their motto of “Sharing a commitment for a stronger, educated community” through the Association’s activities.

For photos of the 79th ACPA graduation, please visit our Photos page.

APD Puts 33 New Officers on the Street

On December 13, 2013, Chief Acevedo administered the oath of office to the graduates of APD Cadet Class 125, thereby increasing the strength of the force which is sworn to safeguard lives and property, protect the innocent, and serve the community.  After eight months of intensive training, the cadets began their law enforcement careers.  Austin Mayor Leffingwell and Councilman Martinez addressed the cadets, their families, and others in attendance at the graduation ceremony held in Northwest Austin.  In his remarks, the Mayor extended special congratulations to one cadet, Monika McCoy, who is the daughter of former APD Officer McCoy who ended the deaths and injuries caused by the ‘Tower Sniper’ Charles Whitman in August of 1966 by climbing the UT Tower with a fellow officer, and killing Whitman, thereby stopping the 90 minutes of terror in Austin.

During the ceremony, the large crowd applauded as each cadet had their new badge pinned on their uniform, after which the oath was administered to the group.  Chief Acevedo welcomed them to the Department and reminded them that their badge and uniform were symbols of their profession and  should be worn with pride and humility.  After the ceremony, the new officers enjoyed ‘photo ops’ with their families and everyone enjoyed refreshments provided by the Austin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.

Photos from the graduation can be viewed on our photos page.