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Posted over 5 years ago

 

A friend and I recently started the Austin Police Spouses Association and it kindof grew to include other Central Texas Agency wives....We are now a  non-profit


 


So, if you are in the Central Texas Area and are a police spouse feel free to check us out


www.austinpolicespouse.com


You will not be able to access our forum or know where our meetings are unless you are verified, sorry.....just a safety thing...my own husband would flip if our meeting place and time were public

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

This is a really great idea.  I have friends that I speak to on a regular basis that are army wives and they have their own support group thing where they meet and help one another out and try to help other families out when they hear their in need.  They're kind of the welcome wagon as well.  Mainly they share information like babysitters, doctors, schools, help each other with the children, and are just there to help each other through the rough times.  I've been told when you're a woman alone with a family you need all the support you can get.


Do you mind me asking how you started it?  Perhaps spouses in other states would like to get something similar going for their Agencies and a how-to might be all they need to get out there and do it. 

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

We actually started as just 2 friends....My friend was asked by her husband's Sgt to start something....There was a group a few years ago that broke up because they gossiped ALL the time.....We have strict rules about our meetings (we dont want them to become a gossip-fest).  We've really worked hard to make ourselves know w/in the department.  We go to the Police Association meetings, we deliver goodies to the substations during Police week.....and we are also forming a Crisis Response team.  We will have a group of spouses respond to the family with the APA when something happens and resources for the family. 


I participate as a 'pay-it-forward.' When my husband was on indefinite suspension, all of my police-wife 'friends' disappeared and it hurt...I dont want that to happen to anyone else.  One of the only people who really helped is someone who is a member on this site, Tank.....Even if I tried, I couldnt thank him enough....


For example: Say an officer is shot and taken to the hospital (God forbid).  We would respond to the home w/the APA to care for children, help notify family, accompany the spouse to the hospital, etc. 


We also help during disciplinary proceedings.  Usually the officer doesnt want to have to rehash to the spouse who has ALL these questions. So he/she can email one of us to ask what is going to happen next.   


Our motto or slogan is "The Silent Partner" .....We dont want to be in the spotlight....we dont want to be politically involved...we just want to help keep LEO marriages and families together. 

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am an officer in Miami, Fl and was thinking of moving to Austin. Could you tell me who I could talk to about APD to see how they like it? The PROS and CONS about the department and equipment. 


thanks


  

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

U can email recruiting....or possibly post here in the forums for someone to message you or something....I can only tell you from a spouses point of view...and a dispatcher ( I worked for APD in dispatch for a few years)

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

You can also check out officer.com, their forums have a section dedicated to each state where you can ask questions.  I love Policelink for their networking capabilities and the people you meet, but officer has lots of info on their forums.  I would also do a search on here for Austin Police Department and see who comes up as an active officer and then email them and see if they're willing to assist you with a few questions.  Most people will be glad to help.