The primary duties of the San Antonio Park Police are to provide assistance to the public, preserve the peace, protect life and property, and to enforce the laws of the State of Texas and the United States. Pursuant to these duties we work closely with the San Antonio Police Department.
The San Antonio Park Police is responsible to provide law enforcement and security to the more than 18,000 acres of park lands that make up the over 200 plus City-owned parks as well as other facilities including swimming pools, gymnasiums, cemeteries, sports facilities, recreation centers, municipal golf facilities, the Botanical Gardens, Hemisfair Park, Tower of the Americas, as well as other historic facilities such as La Villita, the Spanish Governor's Palace, Market Square and the San Antonio Riverwalk. Park Police Officers are also responsible for patrolling over forty one miles of City trails on bicycles and all terrain vehicles.
Although not San Antonio Police Officers, Park Police Officers enjoy the same jurisdiction and law enforcement authority within the City of San Antonio and the State of Texas. Park Police Officers issue citations, make arrests, and have initial investigative responsibility for criminal offenses that occur in and around the parks, within their areas of responsibility, and for on sight criminal activity throughout San Antonio. San Antonio Park Police Officers routinely back up and assist San Antonio Police Officers.
In addition to providing proactive patrol of the parks and assigned areas, Park Police Officers respond to tens of thousands of calls for service each year in the parks and on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Park Police Officers patrol their assigned areas on foot, in cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as on bicycles, ATVs, and patrol boats.