Reimagining Public Safety in Austin

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Welcome to the community feedback hub for the City of Austin's Reimagining Public Safety Process. We're glad you're here. As the City explores ways to transform the public safety experience in Austin, your input is critically important to ensuring that policing meets the needs of all our residents.

We have created several ways for you to get involved and make your voice heard ranging from joining community meetings to providing feedback online. All of those options are presented below. For more information on the Reimagining Public Safety initiative, please click here to visit the Reimagining Public Safety homepage.

Ways to share your thoughts and ideas

Take a Listening Session For One

Prefer to share your thoughts and opinions at your own pace without group conversation? A listening session for one allows you to provide detailed feedback on a series of real-life public safety scenarios. Click here to take the listening session for one.

Share your Ideas right here on SpeakUp

Have ideas on how to transform public safety in Austin? Provide your feedback in a short survey or a discussion forum using the tabs at the bottom of this page.

Call Us:

Austin 3-1-1 Reimagining Public Safety Feedback line

Sign Up to Speak at Meetings of the Austin City Council

Sign Up to Speak at Meetings of the Public Safety Commission

Community Conversations

The first phase of what will be ongoing conversations on Reimagining Public Safety between the community and City leaders concluded on January 31, 2021. These scenario-based conversations were launched in September 2020 to help inform City leaders’ decisions on public safety reform.

Each of Austin’s ten Council Districts hosted a session, plus there were three citywide sessions (including one fully in Spanish) and dozens of sessions hosted by a diverse range of community organizations and neighborhood associations across the city. Nearly 1,000 people participated in a community conversation and/or submitted their feedback through one of the input options listed above like the Listening Session for One.

We’re currently going through the broad-based feedback we gathered from this first round of community conversations. The City Manager will present this input to Council in the March 2021 update on public safety reforms. Stay tuned to this page for additional updates.

While the first round of community conversations has ended, you can still host a community conversation with your organization, neighbors, or friends. Sign up here to request a Reimagining Public Safety Community Conversation Kit. You can also provide feedback directly to your council district office or the RPS team. We’ll continue to gather input throughout the Reimagining Public Safety process and will include input in future updates to City leadership.

Welcome to the community feedback hub for the City of Austin's Reimagining Public Safety Process. We're glad you're here. As the City explores ways to transform the public safety experience in Austin, your input is critically important to ensuring that policing meets the needs of all our residents.

We have created several ways for you to get involved and make your voice heard ranging from joining community meetings to providing feedback online. All of those options are presented below. For more information on the Reimagining Public Safety initiative, please click here to visit the Reimagining Public Safety homepage.

Ways to share your thoughts and ideas

Take a Listening Session For One

Prefer to share your thoughts and opinions at your own pace without group conversation? A listening session for one allows you to provide detailed feedback on a series of real-life public safety scenarios. Click here to take the listening session for one.

Share your Ideas right here on SpeakUp

Have ideas on how to transform public safety in Austin? Provide your feedback in a short survey or a discussion forum using the tabs at the bottom of this page.

Call Us:

Austin 3-1-1 Reimagining Public Safety Feedback line

Sign Up to Speak at Meetings of the Austin City Council

Sign Up to Speak at Meetings of the Public Safety Commission

Community Conversations

The first phase of what will be ongoing conversations on Reimagining Public Safety between the community and City leaders concluded on January 31, 2021. These scenario-based conversations were launched in September 2020 to help inform City leaders’ decisions on public safety reform.

Each of Austin’s ten Council Districts hosted a session, plus there were three citywide sessions (including one fully in Spanish) and dozens of sessions hosted by a diverse range of community organizations and neighborhood associations across the city. Nearly 1,000 people participated in a community conversation and/or submitted their feedback through one of the input options listed above like the Listening Session for One.

We’re currently going through the broad-based feedback we gathered from this first round of community conversations. The City Manager will present this input to Council in the March 2021 update on public safety reforms. Stay tuned to this page for additional updates.

While the first round of community conversations has ended, you can still host a community conversation with your organization, neighbors, or friends. Sign up here to request a Reimagining Public Safety Community Conversation Kit. You can also provide feedback directly to your council district office or the RPS team. We’ll continue to gather input throughout the Reimagining Public Safety process and will include input in future updates to City leadership.

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  • Reimagining Public Safety Ideas

    6 months ago
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    This is an open forum to share your ideas to reform public safety in Austin. 

    Here are some question prompts to help you get started:

    • When you hear the word policing, what are some other words/phrases that come to mind.
    • What do want to come to mind when you hear Austin Police Department? 
    • When you hear safety, what words come to mind, and how do you envision the ideal in Austin?
    • When you hear reimagining, what words come to mind, and how to you envision the ideal for public safety in Austin? 

    Idea Forum Agreements

    We ask that you participate in this discussion forum with critical kindness, by acknowledging that exploring public safety matters may be difficult for some and exhibit kindness as you explore issues where you may or may not see eye to eye with other community members you may engage with in this forum.

    Please remember that bullying, hate speech, and derogatory language are not permitted and will be removed.


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