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City of San Antonio Invites Residents to Participate in Police Services Review Process

Published on Monday, April 5, 2021

City of San Antonio Invites Residents to Participate in Police Services Review Process

City to host virtual community meetings

CONTACT: Laura Mayes, (210) 207-1337
laura.mayes@sanantonio.gov 
Michelle Vigil, (210) 207-8172
michelle.vigil@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (April 5, 2021) — The City of San Antonio is seeking input regarding the community’s expectations of the role of police in the community as well as response alternatives for responding to potential calls for service. Last year, City Manager Erik Walsh laid out a multi-faceted review process of the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 Adopted Budget. This review process centers around addressing foundational issues, community expectations of interactions with police, community input and response alternatives.
 
“Through this process we will better understand what our residents expect when interacting with police, how certain calls for service should be addressed and mitigate hazards for officers responding to certain calls for service,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “This community process provides different avenues for residents to participate in ways that are most convenient to them.”
 
As a first step in this process, the City contracted national research firm ETC Institute to conduct a statistically valid scientific survey of the community. The purpose of the survey was to better understand residents’ expectations of encounters with the Police Department and the appropriate role the Police Department could have in meeting the public’s safety needs.
 
The survey results will serve as the foundation for virtual community town hall meetings, which seek to gather feedback on community’s expectations of interactions with SAPD and alternative response to certain 911 calls. Data and information gathered from this process will be used to inform the development of recommendations to the Public Safety Committee and ultimately the City Council.
 
Virtual Community Meetings
 
The City of San Antonio will host virtual district specific input meetings throughout April and May in collaboration with each of the City’s ten council districts. The goal of these meetings is to gather feedback on the community’s expectations of interactions with SAPD and alternative response to certain 911 calls.
 
In addition to the virtual community meetings, the City will also host a series of city-wide virtual community discussions, telephone town hall meetings, a dedicated event for Spanish speakers and a series of meetings with local stakeholder groups.

DATE  TIME EVENT
Monday, April 5 7:00 - 8:00 PM District 10 – Community Meeting
Thursday, April 8 6:00 - 7:00 PM District 2 – Community Meeting
Monday, April 12 6:00 - 7:00 PM District 3 – Community Meeting
Wednesday, April 14 6:30 – 7:30 PM District 4 – Community Meeting
Saturday, April 17 9:00 – 10:00 AM District 6 – Community Meeting
Saturday, April 17 11:00 – 12:00 PM District 1 – Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 20 6:00 – 7:30 PM City-wide Community Conversation
Wednesday, April 21 6:00 -7:00 PM District 1 – Community Meeting
Thursday, April 22 6:00 – 7:00 PM District 7 – Community Meeting
Saturday, April 24 11:00 – 12:00 PM District 7 – Community Meeting
Tuesday, April 27 6:30 – 7:30 PM District 5 – Community Meeting
Thursday, April 29 6:30 -7:30 PM District 5 – Community Meeting
Saturday, May 1 11:00 – 12:30 PM City-wide Community Conversation
Tuesday, May 4 6:00 – 7:00 PM District 3 – Community Meeting
Thursday, May 6 6:00 – 7:00 PM Telephone Town Hall
Tuesday, May 11 6:00 -7:30 PM City-wide Community Conversation
Wednesday, May 12 6:30 – 7:30 PM District 4 – Community Meeting
Thursday, May 13 6:30 – 7:30 PM District 8 – Community Meeting
Saturday, May 15 11:00 -12:00 PM District 6 – Community Meeting
Monday, May 17 6:00 – 7:00 PM District 9 – Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 18 6:00 – 7:30 PM City-wide Community Conversation
Saturday, May 22 11:00 – 12:00 PM District 10 – Community Meeting
Saturday, May 22 2:00 – 3:30 PM Plática con Nuestra Comunidad
Wednesday, May 26 6:00 – 7:00 PM Telephone Town Hall

 

 
To sign up to receive information about these events residents can text COSAGOV to 55000.
 
More information about the San Antonio Police Department services review process can be found at: www.sanantonio.gov/sapdandme.
 
 
Scientific Survey:
 
ETC Institute mailed 5,650 survey packets to a random sample of households in the City of San Antonio. Each survey packet contained a cover letter, signed by the City Manager, and a copy of the survey in both English and Spanish.  Residents who received the survey were given the option of completing the survey by mail, phone, or online. The overall results for the survey have a precision of at least +/- 2.8% at the 95% level of confidence.
 
The complete survey findings and an interactive dashboard can be found here.
 
Survey Findings:

Satisfaction with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is high:

  • 71.6% of the residents surveyed were very satisfied or satisfied with the work of SAPD; only 8.2% were dissatisfied. 
  • Among the largest cities in Texas, San Antonio tied with Fort Worth for having the highest percentage of residents who were satisfied with their city's police department. 

 
Most San Antonio Residents feel safe in their neighborhoods:

  • 79.3% of San Antonio residents feel very safe or safe in their neighborhoods during the day
  • Among the largest cities in Texas, San Antonio had the highest percentage of residents who reported feeling very safe or safe during the day and the second highest percentage of resident who reported feeling very safe or safe at night.

 
Although most San Antonio Residents feel safe in their neighborhoods, there are some areas in the city where residents do not feel safe.

  • Fewer than half of the residents in Districts 3 and 4 reported feeling very safe or safe in their neighborhood at night.

 
The majority of San Antonio Residents think the visibility of police in neighborhoods should be increased.

  • 56.5% of the residents surveyed thought the visibility of police in neighborhoods should be increased. 

 
A majority of residents are willing to have SAPD share some of its current responsibilities with other City departments/agencies:

  • More than 50% of those surveyed thought SAPD should have a "shared" or "back-up" role for 13 of the 16 types of 911 calls that were assessed on the survey.
  • The 911 calls for which residents were least likely to think SAPD should have "primary" responsibility were:
    - animal-related issues
    - mental health/substance abuse issues not involving a weapon
    - enforcement of public health orders
    - graffiti
    - parking violations
    - fireworks

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