SAPD

SAPD Officer Memorial
4:38 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Officer Edrees Mukhtar Remembered As Loving Person & Devoted Lawman

Officer Edrees Mukhtar died nearly three weeks after the accident that caused his injuries.
Officer.com

Only a year and a half after joining the ranks of the San Antonio Police Department, comrades gathered on a cold January morning to say goodbye to Officer Edrees Mukhtar.

For Police Chief William McManus, the final farewell to a fallen officer never gets easier.

"Very sad morning, very sad event,” he said. “It's nothing you ever, ever get used to."

Born in Afghanistan, McManus said Mukhtar came to the United States at a young age and lived in New York.

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Bicycle Safety
9:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

SAPD Sting Operation To Catch Drivers Endangering Cyclists

Mayor Julian Castro joins SAPD Chief William McManus announcing stricter enforcement of 3-foot law

Cyclists have the same rights to the roadways as do drivers of motor vehicles, but many drivers don’t realize they have to share the road; cyclists are also more vulnerable in accidents. 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announced a two-pronged program in response to multiple cyclist deaths this year.

The educational part of program includes PSAs on TV and social media. The second prong is enforcement of the three-foot law:

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Government
6:41 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts Two SAPD Sergeants

A current and former San Antonio Police Department sergeant have been indicted by a Bexar County grand jury on charges involving misappropriation of funds and tampering with evidence.

The charges stem from a call last February for an individual causing a disturbance -- the individual turned out to be Sgt. Joseph Myers. He is alleged to have crashed a city-owned truck into the barrier of Hwy 281 between Josephine and Mulberry Streets and leaving the scene.

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Public Safety
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

SAPD Sgt. Honored for Saving Teens from Burning Car

Sgt. Jesse Garcia recieves a Certificate of Merit from SAPD Chief William McManus on Monday for his actions early Saturday morning.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia was on his way home Saturday morning when he saw a burning vehicle.

“I just ran up to the fire and never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle,” said Garcia. "I heard her [the driver] saying, 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die, don't leave me.'" 

The car, which had two girls inside ages 17 and 19, slammed into a utility pole near 1604 and Sulfur Springs. The driver was trapped under her seatbelt.

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San Antonio Police Department
1:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Jaywalking Fatalities Up So Police Cracking Down On Enforcement

City of San Antonio

The San Antonio Police Department said that at this time last year, 28 people had been struck and killed due to jaywalking. The problem is only getting worse this year with 31 fatalities during the same January to October period; this is why police officers are beginning to be more strict in enforcing violations.

During an Oct. 26 press conference at the Primrose at Monticello Senior Apartments on Fredericksburg Road, Chief William McManus announced the start of a one-week grace period for jaywalkers.

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SAPD Spending
9:21 am
Fri October 26, 2012

City Council Will Vote to Replace SAPD Fleet With SUVs

One of the 134 Chevy Tahoes currently in use by SAPD.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Following a transition to the new Public Safety Headquarters – the new home of the San Antonio Police Department – Police Chief William McManus is pushing for a change that will change the look of the department to the public.

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SAISD Bus Crash
2:20 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

SAISD Bus Plummets from I-37 Downtown, Four Taken to Hospital

An SAISD special needs bus is inspected by SAFD and district officials. The three people inside – the driver, an assistant, and a student – were all taken to University Hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Three people remain in recovery after an SAISD school bus jumped the guard rail on interstate 37 and plummeted fifteen feet to the ground; the district and SAPD are investigating the accident.

San Antonio police say the SAISD bus was traveling northbound on I-37 around 4:45 p.m. Thursday when another vehicle struck it, causing the bus to careen off the freeway and land front of a Comfort Suites hotel off East Houston St..

Sherry Chaudhry is the owner of the hotel and she said she and others in her office heard screeching coming from the freeway.

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San Antonio Police Department
4:39 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

SAPD Ride-Along Offers New Perspective of Community in San Antonio

Dozens of officers and firefighters responded to a scene on Frio City Rd. for a call of a man atop a freight train.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Nearly 2,300 police officers patrol the streets of San Antonio, and Councilman Rey Saldaña said the issues are about the same as other cities of a similar size, but here in the Alamo City, the policing is different.

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Emergency Preparedness
4:59 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Home to SAPD Helicopter Unit, Stinson Airfield Ready for Emergencies

From left to right: Police Chief William McManus, helicopter pilot Sgt. David Torres, and Councilwoman Elisa Chan discuss the police department's role at Stinson Airfield.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In the span of several decades, Stinson Airport has grown tremendously in air operations, including touch-downs and take-offs, tenants, and a special section dedicated to emergency operations.

With the Department of Public Safety hangar, the San Antonio Police Department chopper unit and a dedicated fire station with aircraft rescue and firefighting capabilities, Stinson Airfield is one of San Antonio's main hubs for emergency situations.

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San Antonio Police Department
4:27 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

In Wake of Recent Deaths, Police Department Revising Pursuit Policies

City of San Antonio

One-year-old Wesley and three-year-old Walter Maspero were killed after a suspected drug dealer that police were staking-out fled; David Rodriguez hit the vehicle that the youngsters were in at 80 mph.

Days later, 55-year-old Pedro Tenorio was killed when suspected burglars making a getaway crashed into his motorcycle.

"In both those instances, the officers had completely disengaged from the chase," said Police Chief William McManus.

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