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San Antonio Police Department Recipient of 2015 Matthew Simeone Award

Matthew Simeone Award

The ASIS International’s Law Enforcement Liaison Council and the ASIS Foundation have awarded the 2015 Matthew Simeone Award for Public Private Partnership Excellence to the “Business Against Theft Network” or BAT-NET, established by the San Antonio Police Department. ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners.

The Simeone Award, first established in 2011, recognizes outstanding achievement by a public agency and private organization that partner to address crime prevention, antiterrorism, public safety issues and other difficult challenges.

“Matthew Simeone was a leader within both the public and private sector. His unselfish actions created a model of cooperation between public and private sectors. The model helped to bring forth an environment of trust and cooperation among so many working to keep our communities safe” stated Dwight A. Holcomb, CPP, chair of the LELC’s Matthew Simeone Award Selection Committee.

ASIS President Dave Tyson, CPP presented the award at the ASIS International 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2015) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.


Businesses Against Theft NETwork.

BAT-NET Alert List

Please sign up for the BAT-NET e-mail Alert List!

BAT-NET is a Business Crime Alert Program Provided by the San Antonio Police Department for Businesses in the San Antonio Area. Originally focusing on shoplifting and internal theft problems of businesses, BAT-NET has now expanded to include all crimes that affect both large and small businesses in San Antonio. These include robbery, fraud & scams, hot checks, embezzlement, property loss, and a wide range of business-related crimes.

BAT-NET provides
  • Basic Business Crime Prevention Information available for all businesses and the general public to view and utilize.
  • Two-way communication between the police and businesses concerning current business crime alerts, suspect descriptions and photos, BAT-NET meetings, and other messages of interest. Through Meetings and Classes, police officers can notify BAT-NET Members about Known Theft Rings, Ring Method of Operation, Known Criminals Targeting Businesses, plus information on Anti-Theft/Anti-Crime Programs and Activities, and on Successful Crime Prevention Techniques used by other businesses.

The BAT-NET Program is FREE and open to San Antonio Business Loss Prevention representatives (larger businesses), business owners and operators (smaller businesses), school district police officers, other local law enforcement officers, SAPD officers, and VIP personnel assigned to this project.

  • A forum to express business crime-prevention needs.
  • A forum to promote "Appropriate Sentencing" for offenders.
  • An opportunity to improve liaison with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office.
  • An opportunity to network with others with similar interests and concerns.
BAT-NET Meetings

Meetings occur on the third Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Police Department, Public Safety Headquarters Building located at 315 South Santa Rosa.

Date Topic Sponsor(s)
January 19, 2017 2016 Business Crime Recap - SAPD SIA South Texas Merchants Association
February 16, 2017 Homeless and Pilot Anti-Narcotic Program / Downtown Recap Methodist Healthcare  
March 16, 2017 Round Table Special Guest: DA Walgreens 
April 20, 2017 Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response Dollar General
May 18, 2017 Businesses: How to Prepare for Events / Protests Money Mart Pawn & Jewelry
June 15, 2017 Fencing: Investigations and Retailers Support Protection 1 Security Solutions
July 20, 2017 Open Source: Detection and Mitigation of Potential Threats to Businesses EZ Pawn
August 17, 2017 Round Table - Gary Vardon-Smith Global Security
September 21, 2017 Businesses: Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR's) and Law Enforcement James Avery
October 19, 2017 Bank Robbery Trends and Cases *21'st Anniversary Awards SSFCU
November 16, 2017 Radicalism: Using Behavioral Indicators to Help Detect Potential Radicalism SA Hotel and Lodging Assoc
December 21, 2017 Financial Crimes and Trends Southern Folger