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: www.hobokenpie.com.  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 
www.specialolympicstexas.org or call800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SO Texas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTXyoutube.com/specialolympicstexas.

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!

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.