San Antonio Police Department
Citizen Participation Programs

SAPD patch SAPD offers a variety of ways for community members to work closely with the police through organized programs and individual activities. Listed below are descriptions of the ways San Antonio residents can form partnerships with the police to make their neighborhoods safer places to live.

Active Citizen Programs

  • Citizen On Patrol (COP) - Neighborhood residents patrol their streets, using cell phones to report crimes. Ride-along and Training at SAPD substations.
  • Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) - Trained volunteers work weekend evenings at substations to assist victims of family violence. For more information, please visit the F.A.C.T. webpage.
  • Volunteers in Policing (VIP) - Opportunities to assist SAPD with duties ranging from clerical to roof-top surveillance. 210.207.3319.
Citizen Police Academy (CPA)

An 11-week class to inform and educate citizens about the SAPD and police work in San Antonio. The course is held at the SAPD Academy, includes a ride-along and has an active CPA Alumni Association.  For more information please call the San Antonio Police Academy at 210.207.6262.

Citizen Police Academy 2017 Class Scehdule

Contact Officer Randall McCumbers at 210.207-6212 or email

  • Class 2017- A Starts: January 10, 2017
  • Class 2017- B Starts: April 11, 2017
  • Class 2017- C Starts: October 10, 2017

Programs For Students and Youth

  • Bicycle Rodeo-May 31, 2014  City wide event. Download the invitation.
  • Police Athletic League (PAL)  Call 207-7393 for information on PAL sports programs for youth.
  • 74th Annual School Safety Patrol Rally-May 20, 2014  Download the invitation.
  • School Services  Call your substation to have Community Policing officers visit your school.
Police Explorers

For those age 14-20 interested in police work. The Boy Scouts of America sponsors Explorer Programs in a wide variety of professions, including Fire Fighting, Medical Professions, Chemistry, High Adventure, and Law Enforcement.

The San Antonio Police Department participates in the Police Explorer program through Explorer Posts established at all six substations: Prue (NW), West, South, Central, East and North, as well as a Park Police Explorer Post. Contact Substation.

For more information on SAPD Explorers please visit the SAPD Explorers website.

Crime Prevention

  • HEAT (Auto Theft) - Help End Auto Theft. Register your car with HEAT.
  • McGruff (Crime Fighting Dog) - Contact Substations to schedule Crime Prevention presentation for children.
  • National Night Out - Annual Event: A "Night Out Against Crime", occurs the first Tuesday in October (in Texas) each year.
  • Neighborhood Watch - A program to involve neighbors in watching for criminals and safeguarding property and residents.

Programs to Assist Crime Victims

  • Victim Advocacy Program - Counselors work with victims of violent crimes. 210.207.2141.
  • Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) - Civilian volunteers who counsel victims of family violence. 210.207.2136.
  • SAFE Family Program - On-line directory of services and resources for victims of violent crimes, particularly family violence. 210.207.2136.
  • Crisis Response Teams (CRT) Teams who work with both victims and perpetrators to diffuse family violence. Contact Substations.
  • VINE Program   Notifies victims of domestic violence when assailant is released from custody. 270-6292

Help the Police Solve Crimes

  • SAPD Most Wanted Most Wanted felons with current warrants for Murder, Sexual Assault, Robbery and other crimes.
  • Crime Stoppers - Call 210.224.STOP to anonymously report criminals or wanted persons. Rewards available up to $5000.
  • Missing Persons - Printable posters of missing children and adults.
  • SAPD Cold Cases - Web page with details of unsolved homicides and other major cases.
  • SCAM-NET - Info on current scams; photos of wanted con artists.
  • Business Against Crime: BATNET - Info on current crimes against businesses; photos of wanted forgers, robbers, and other criminals.