San Antonio Police Department
SAPD Open Data Initiative

Message from the Chief

To provide for greater transparency, build trust, and facilitate community engagement, the San Antonio Police Department has initiated the Open Data Initiative. The purpose of this program is to share information with the community on a variety of police subjects and activities, and general policy issues to include:

  • Internal Affairs Formal & Line Complaints
  • Use of Force incidents
  • Officer Involved Shooting Incidents
  • Police Vehicular Pursuits
  • Racial Profiling data
  • Department Sworn Member Demographics
  • Department General Manual Procedure on Use of Force

The Open Data Initiative is implemented with the information contained in this web portal and, through departmental and community feedback, we will continue to add information as it is developed. We believe that this initiative will increase trust and communication between the nearly 3,000 sworn and civilian members of the San Antonio Police Department and the community with whom we live and serve.

William P. McManus, Chief of Police
San Antonio Police Department

Internal Affairs

800 Dolorosa #402
San Antonio, TX, 78207
210.207.7365

Hours

Monday – Friday
 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Internal Affairs Mission Statement

The San Antonio Police Department accepts all complaints, regardless of form, source, or substance, and initiates investigative action appropriate to the seriousness of the complaint. 

Therefore, the Internal Affairs Unit is committed to investigate thoroughly, objectively and without prejudice all reports of misconduct in an effort to 

  • uphold the principles of accountability; 
  • to foster and maintain trust between the department and the community; and 
  • to achieve the desired degree of organizational excellence

Immigration Policy

Formal Complaints - 2016 Vs. 2017

Formal Complaint

A complaint on an officer for conduct that exhibits a significant variance from behavioral expectations established through formal training, departmental rules, regulations, policies, or procedures which regulate a sworn member's conduct. These complaints are investigated by Internal Affairs investigators who forward their findings to a board comprised of police officers and private citizens. This board reviews the investigators’ findings, then makes a recommendation to the Chief of Police as to the discipline that should be imposed on the officer if it is determined that the officer indeed engaged in misconduct. Some examples of formal complaints include: excessive use of force; engaging in criminal conduct; failure to perform police responsibilities.

2016 2017 %Change
Formal Complaint 65 54 -16.9%

1 January - 30 June

Line Complaints - 2016 Vs. 2017

LINE COMPLAINT

Generally constitutes a complaint against an officer for minor variances from rules, regulations, and/or policies. Line complaints are investigated by an officer’s immediate supervisor and that supervisor makes a recommendation to the Chief of Police as to the discipline that should be imposed on the officer if it is determined that the officer indeed violated departmental rules, regulations, or policies. Some examples of line complaints include: courtesy, rudeness; and quality of service provided by an officer.

2016 2017 %Change
Line Complaints 211 137 -35.1%

1 January - 30 June

Use of Force Incidents - 2016  Vs. 2017

Use of Force Incidents

The San Antonio Police Department requires its officers to exhibit a sense of prudent judgment derived from departmental training, acquired knowledge, skills, and ability in the exercise or application of any level of force. Officers are trained and required to use only the level of force necessary to accomplish a lawful police objective. Every officer that uses force is required to report such use in writing. In addition, the Department also requires supervisors to respond to the scene of use of force incidents and to review all Use of Force Reports, to ensure the application of force conforms to established guidelines and departmental policy and procedures.

2016 2017 %Change
Use of Force Incidents 520 311 -40.2%

1 January - 30 June


Note: the number of Use of Force reports does not necessarily equate to use of force complaints. The use of force number indicates the frequency that officers reported and documented using force during a police incident.

The links below provide access to current San Antonio Police Department General Manual procedures by topic. These were updated on 30 October, 2017 and will be updated periodically as changes and/or additions occur.

SECTION 100

Preface

 

 

Foreword

10-05-15

 

Statement of Philosophy

10-05-15

 

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

10-05-15

 

Vision

10-05-15

 

Mission

10-05-15

 

Guiding Principles

10-05-15

 

SECTION 200

Rules and Regulations

07-24-15

 

SECTION 300

Administrative Procedures

 

301

Directive System

02-19-14

302

Organization

07-30-16

303

Disciplinary Procedures

01-31-17

304

Air Quality Health Alert Plan

07-31-10

305

RESERVED

12-16-16

306

Officer Concern Program

07-24-15

307

Public and Media Information

07-31-10

308

Office Space Allocation and Telecommunications

07-31-10

309

Weapons

07-06-16

310

Uniforms and Dress Codes

09-01-17

 

Uniforms and Dress Codes Appendix

05-01-17

311

Court Appearances

12-21-16

312

Private Vehicle Parking

07-10-13

313

Use of City Vehicles

10-03-14

314

Command Notification

12-21-16

315

Line Inspections

05-01-17

316

Police Radio Issuance

07-31-10

317

Public Safety Headquarters Building Security

07-10-13

318

Labor Relations Committee

07-24-15

319

Civilian Observer Program

07-31-10

320

Solicitation of Support or Assistance

07-31-10

321

Volunteers In Policing Program

07-10-13

322

Bicycle Operations

07-31-10

323

Release of Police Records

07-31-10

324

Performance Evaluations

12-20-10

325

Training and Career Development

09-01-17

326

Administrative Reporting Program

11-10-15

327

Jurisdictional Boundaries

07-31-10

328

Volunteer Chaplaincy Program

11-23-11

329

Proactive Reviews and Assessments

02-19-14

330

Social Media

11-10-15

 

SECTION 400

Technical Procedures

 

401

Offense/Incident/Supplemental Reports

12-21-16

402

Differential Police Response

12-21-16

403

Communications

12-21-16

404

Forms Control

07-31-10

405

Computer Systems

07-31-10

406

Communications Holds, Transcripts, and Copies

07-31-10

407

Automated Field Reporting

05-04-12

408

Digital Photography

07-31-10

409

Mobile Video Recording

01-31-17

410

Body Worn Cameras

01-31-17

411

Detention Center Phone Recordings

03-29-17

 

SECTION 500

Arrest Procedures

 

501

Use of Force

03-11-17

502

Warrantless Arrests, Searches, and Seizures

07-31-10

503

Obtaining and Executing Arrest Warrants

10-03-14

504

Execution of Search Warrants

11-01-12

505

Misdemeanor Citation Release

05-04-12

506

Traffic Law Enforcement

03-11-15

507

D.W.I. Arrests

07-06-16

508

Field Contacts

07-31-10

509

Legal Asset Seizure

07-31-10

510

Carrying of Handguns

07-06-16

511

Debriefing of Arrested Persons

07-31-10

512

Electronic Control Devices

09-01-17

 

SECTION 600

Operation Procedures

 

601

Prisoners

08-17-15

602

Juveniles

02-17-15

603

Protective Orders / Conditions of Bond

12-21-16

604

Family Disturbances / Violence

01-31-17

605

Miscellaneous Offenses and Complaint Calls

07-31-10

606

Impounding Property

09-01-17

607

Impounding Vehicles

11-10-15

608

Stolen Vehicle Recovery N.C.I.C. / T.C.I.C. Cancellation

07-06-16

609

Emergency Vehicle Response and Foot Pursuits

12-21-16

610

Missing Persons

07-06-16

611

Mentally Ill Persons

12-16-16

612

Deaf or Hearing Impaired Persons

07-31-10

613

Carrying Weapons on Airport Property

09-01-17

614

Airport Police / Park Police

07-31-10

615

Exposure To Communicable Diseases and Other Public Health Risks

07-31-10

616

Crime Victim Notification Program

07-31-10

617

Traffic Direction and Control

07-31-10

618

Racial / Bias Profiling / Immigration Policy

09-01-17

619

Consulate Notification and Diplomatic Immunity

11-23-11

620

Vehicle Pursuits and Stop Techniques

12-21-16

 

SECTION 700

Investigative Procedures

 

701

Crime Scene Duties

07-18-14

702

Eyewitness Identification

08-31-12

703

Handling of Sexual Assault Complaints

06-01-12

704

Apparent Sudden Deaths

10-03-14

705

Officer Involved Shootings & Custodial Deaths

12-20-10

706

Assaults on Peace Officers

07-31-10

707

Crash Investigation

09-01-17

708

Follow-Up Units

12-21-16

709

Misdemeanor Citation Dismissal

07-31-10

710

Preliminary Drug Identification

07-31-10

711

Hate Crimes

07-31-10

712

Interview, Interrogation and Processing Rooms

07-31-10

713

Human Trafficking

05-04-12

 



 

SECTION 900

Personnel Procedures

 

901

Payroll Timesheets & Overtime Accounting

01-06-12

902

Leave & Absence Policies

07-31-10

903

Sworn Personnel Transfers

05-01-17

904

Limited Duty Assignments

02-19-14

905

Off-Duty and Outside Employment

03-29-17

906

Departmental Administrative, Field, and Personnel Files

07-31-10

907

Substitute Employment

12-20-10

908

Mandatory Reassignment

07-24-15

909

Travel

04-10-15

910

Rehiring Former San Antonio Police Officers

07-31-10

911

Honor Guard and Choir

07-10-13

912

Awards & Ceremonies Program

09-01-17

913

Employee Recognition Programs

06-26-15

914

Separation From the Department

08-31-12

915

Family Assistance Program

11-23-11

916

Workers' Compensation

03-29-17

917

Fiesta & Special Event Assignments

03-01-11

918

Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Inappropriate Behavior, and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

01-31-17

919

Employee Safety Policy

07-31-10

920

College Tuition Reimbursement

07-31-10

921

Psychological Services

07-24-15

922

Reporting of Criminal Offenses By Department Members

09-01-17

923

Return to Duty (RTD) Program

07-31-10

924

Mandatory Drug Testing Program

07-10-13