Dustin is a Master Peace Officer with the Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas. For almost two decades of service there, he was assigned to patrol in the south side of Austin as a Field Training Officer and Mental Health Officer, providing a critical service to people in crisis. Seeing this service as a calling, Dustin became a member of Austin’s Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) in 2006 and currently serves as a Team Leader. In addition, he is the HNT Training Cadre Lead Instructor who develops, coordinates, and provides training for Austin’s 25-member team of Negotiators and training officers to become new Negotiators. Dustin has also conducted training for several other departments, including teaching in the FBI Hostage Negotiation School in Texas.
From 2016 to the present, Dustin has been a Senior Instructor in Austin Police Department’s Advanced Education Unit. He is responsible for training officers in various topics such as verbal communications, de-escalation, leadership, and implicit bias.
Dustin is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served from 1992-2002 and was deployed twice while onboard the USS Anchorage between 1992 and 1998 (Somalia and the Persian Gulf / Kuwait). In 1998, he transitioned to shore duty as a Military Police Officer, where his love of law enforcement started. Dustin was a Watch Commander during the morning of Sept 11, 2001, and recalls the feeling of duty that drew him back to his home in Central Texas to join the ranks of the Austin Police Department.
Dustin and his wife enjoy the country life, living among the oaks outside of Lockhart, the BBQ Capital of Texas. They have two adult children who both currently serve as well. Their son is a Weatherman in the Texas Air National Guard, and their daughter is a Mass Communications Specialist in the U.S. Navy.
Dustin can be contacted at Dlowe@safe-night.com