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Gun Control
9:03 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pamerleau Says Gun Control Debate Should Focus On Mental Illness

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerlau took the oath of office on Jan. 1, 2013.
Javier Salazar

From the senseless deaths of children in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, to the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, high-profile tragedies involving guns never cease to shock people across the nation.

The debate has sparked dialogue on whether the problem is guns, or the people behind them.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said she believes mental illness is an issue that needs to be thoroughly examined.

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Community Safety
10:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Police Cadets Graduate, Immediately Begin Work At SAPD

Police cadets of 2012-B pose for pictures following the graduation ceremony.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The newest class of San Antonio police cadets wasted no time getting to work, heading out on the job directly after walking the stage at their graduation ceremony.

The class, known as 2012-B, which began training late last year, graduated Friday at the Lila Cockrell Theatre downtown.

39 police cadets spent eight months going through intense training, saying it was both mentally and physically challenging.

But graduation day is a time for pride and celebration.

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

In Pictures: Edison Students Mobilize Emergency Response For Mass Casualty Drill

As the exercise begins, medical students rush to administer first aid to victims in the field.
Chris Eudaily TPR

Nearly 300 Edison High School students got hands-on experience with triage and search-and-rescue on Monday morning. A simulated school bus "explosion" was part of a four-hour training exercise at the Public Safety Magnet school. The students played the role of first responders.

It's a scenario that no one wants to see happen: An I.E.D. explodes on an SAISD school bus, injuring several dozen students--followed by a second blast a few minutes later.

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Public Servants
10:36 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Fallen Deputies To Be Honored At Public Ceremony

Eileen Pace TPR

As part of National Police Week, San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Department are honoring their slain officers and deputies.

SAPD held a ceremony earlier this week and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau will hold a special candlelight vigil Thursday evening for members of her department - the first time Bexar County has held such a private event.

On Friday deputies will gather for the annual public ceremony, where Sgt. Yvonne Vann, wife of Sgt. Kenneth Vann, who was shot and killed while on duty in May 2011, will speak.

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Fiesta 2013
4:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Public Safety Officials Plan To Keep Fiesta Fun And Safe

Stuart Seal The Fiesta Commission

Fiesta gets underway tomorrow and the Boston Marathon bombings have San Antonio police and firefighters strengthening their presence to make sure people stay safe during the 11-day celebration.

Fiesta is San Antonio's way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto and it all started in 1891 with a hugely successful Battle of Flowers Parade.

Though the years since have been full of fun and festivities, there was one incident that changed everything.

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Fiesta 2013
4:57 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

TxDOT Offering Free Cab Rides For Intoxicated Fiesta Goers

Joey Palacios TPR

The Texas Department of Transportation is reviving its Fiesta Safe voucher program this year to offer free cab rides to intoxicated individuals.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus echoed the words of other law enforcement agencies on catching drunk drivers.

"If you drink and drive, you’re going to get caught," McManus said. "It’s just a matter of when. When you do, it’s going to cost you a lot of money and a lot of heartache that you don’t need."

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Community Safety
2:41 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

New Crosswalk Makes Crossing Fredericksburg Road A Little Safer

A group of residents, along with media crews and Dist. 7 Councilman Cris Medina, test out the HAWK crosswalk on Fredericksburg Road.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Last year San Antonio Police reported that dozens of people were struck and killed crossing busy roadways. As a result, Police Chief William McManus instituted stricter jaywalking policies.

However, people continued illegally crossing the street, and one area where it kept happening was on Fredericksburg Road, which sees more than 16,000 cars each day.

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Community Safety
11:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Free Cab Rides Offered To Intoxicated Off-Duty Bexar County Deputies

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau addresses the press on the start of the new Safe Ride Home Program
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

 In the first 27 days of Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau's time in office, three sheriff’s deputies have been arrested under the suspicion of DWI. To discourage deputies from driving while drunk, the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County is providing free cab rides those who need a ride home.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said a deputy relaxing when they’re off-duty is understandable.

"But when relaxation turns into intoxication and the deputy gets behind the wheel, that is unacceptable," she said.

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Fallen Officers
8:45 am
Mon February 25, 2013

100 Club Of San Antonio Gets Financial Boost

SAPD Chief William McManus (second from left) joins 100 Club President Richard Miller, Speedy Gonzalez of Red McCombs and San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood in accepting the donation
Joey Palacios TPR

The 100 Club of San Antonio received an undisclosed large donation from car dealer Red McCombs on Friday as part of the company’s Partnership in Education Fund.

The organization provides financial support for the family of fallen law enforcement officers from any jurisdiction in Bexar County.

Director of Operations for Red McCombs Enterprises Speedy Gonzalez said a quarterly contribution will continue through car sales following this initial donation.

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Community Safety
9:30 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Two Week Grace Period Before Warrant Roundup Begins

SAPD Police Chief William McManus addresses the media infront of the city's Municipal Court Building on S. Frio.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Last year, about 25,000 warrants were cleared during the annual warrant roundup, and in two weeks the San Antonio Police Department and other law enforcement in Bexar County will head out again.

“They are all warrants that would involve no jail time; it's all fines," said SAPD Chief William McManus. "The unfortunate part is that if you don't clear the warrant and you are picked up on it you will spend some time in jail while the warrant is being taken care of.”

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