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. Find out more about Citizen on Patrol.
  • Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) - Trained volunteers work weekend evenings at substations to assist victims of family violence. Find out more about Family Assistance Crisis Teams.
  • Volunteers in Policing (VIP) - Opportunities to assist SAPD with duties ranging from clerical to roof-top surveillance. 210.207.7386. Find out more about Volunteers in Policing.
  • Citizens Police Academy (CPA) - An 12-week informational series to educate citizens about the SAPD and police work in San Antonio. Find out more about the Citizens Police Academy.

Programs For Students and Youth

  • Police Athletic League (PAL)  Call 207-7393 for information on PAL sports programs for youth.
  • School Services  Call your substation to have Community Policing officers visit your school.

Public Safety Corps (PSC)

For individuals between the ages 14-21 who have an interest in career in law enforcement. This program is designed to familiarize participants with all aspects of law enforcement. The program is available to each of the 6 substations: North, South, East, West, Central, and Northwest. Please visit our website at for more information.

Crime Prevention

  • 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. Find out more about the Victim Advocacy Program.
  • 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. 877.894.8463.

Help the Police Solve Crimes

  • SAPD Most Wanted Most Wanted felons with current warrants for Murder, Sexual Assault, Robbery and other crimes. Find out more about SAPD Most Wanted.
  • 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.