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
- Cellular On Patrol (COP) - Neighborhood residents patrol their streets, using cell phones to report crimes. Ride-along and Training at SAPD substations.
- Citizen Police Academy (CPA) - 11-week class to inform and educate citizens about the SAPD and police work in San
Antonio. Held at SAPD Academy. Includes Ride-along. 207-6262. Active CPA Alumni
CLICK ON ABOVE CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY (CPA) LINK FOR ONLINE APPLICATION
2013 CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY CLASS SCHEDULE FOR 2014
CLASS 2014-A STARTS: January 21, 2014 - GRADUATES - April 1, 2014
CLASS 2014-B STARTS: April 15, 2014 - GRADUATES: June 24, 2014
CLASS 2014-C STARTS: October 7, 2014 - GRADUATES: December 16,2014
Contact Officer Mark McDaniel at 207-6218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteers in Policing (VIP)
- Opportunities to assist SAPD with duties ranging from clerical to roof-top surveillance.
- Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) -
Trained volunteers work weekend evenings at substations to assist victims of family
For more information, please visit the F.A.C.T. webpage.
Programs For Students and Youth
- 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
- School Services Call your substation to have Community Policing officers visit your school.
Police Athletic League (PAL) Call 207-7393 for information on PAL sports programs for youth.
City Wide Bicycle Rodeo Event-May 31, 2014 Download the invitation.
74th Annual School Safety Patrol Rally-May 20, 2014 Download the invitation.
- Neighborhood Watch A program to involve neighbors in watching for criminals and safeguarding property and residents.
- 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.
Programs to Assist Crime Victims
- Victim Advocacy Program Counselors work with victims of violent crimes. 207-2141
- Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) Civilian volunteers who counsel victims of family violence. 207-2136
- SAFE Family Program
On-line directory of services and resources for victims of violent crimes, particularly
family violence. 207-2136
- Crisis Response Teams (CRT) Teams who work with both victims and perpetrators to diffuse family violence. Contact
- 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 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