San Antonio Police Chief William McManus announces new mental health crisis call protocol and permanent end of the use of “no knock” warrants.
SAN ANTONIO (September 11, 2020) — Today, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus issued new orders updating San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) policies relating to how SAPD responds to mental health calls and prohibiting the use of “no knock” warrants.
“The decision to revise these policies was made to better protect our officers and the public,” said Police Chief William McManus. “The newly established Escalated Mental Health Crisis Protocol’s objective provides officers with a way to help an individual who is need of mental health assistance. This new protocol aims to deescalate situations and equip officers with the tools needed in the field to protect lives.”
“I’m completely supportive of Chief McManus’s policy revisions. These encounters can unnecessarily put officers and the public in harm’s way,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “Over the course of the next few months, we’ll continue to work with the community and evaluate SAPD’s programs, policies and call response to align with best practices.”
This June Chief McManus suspended the use of “no knock” warrants for both search and arrest warrants. In June, District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews Sullivan issued a Council Consideration Request (CCR) seeking to discontinue the use of “no knock” warrants.
“I’d like to thank Chief McManus, City staff and my council colleagues for working to keep our community safer. Thank you to the community for making their voices known and truly asking us to review policies in full detail,” said District 2 Councilwoman Jada Andrews Sullivan. “By discontinuing “no knock” warrants we are saving lives of both the public and our officers.”
Updates to the policies were shared with today’s meeting of the City Council Public Safety Committee Meeting, which is chaired by District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda. Councilmembers Jada Andrews Sullivan, Ana Sandoval, Clayton Perry and Rebecca Viagran also sit on the committee.
“Today we made tangible steps towards making our city a safer place for the public, police officers, and our community as a whole. I have spent hours listening to and reading public comments and meeting with community groups. Thanks to Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan, Chief William McManus, Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez, the Baptist Ministers Union, the San Antonio Police Officer’s Association, individual police officers, COPS Metro, Community Churches for Social Action, organizers Pharaoh Clark and Josie Garcia, and countless others for their dedication to making substantive changes to city policy. I remain committed to fostering meaningful dialogue, thoughtful questioning and a genuine desire to foster progress rather than division. Today is a win for our city,” said District 6 Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda.
The updated procedures are detailed below.
Procedures 503, entitled Obtaining and Executing Arrest Warrants and Procedures 504, entitled Execution of Search Warrants have been revised as follows:
- Prohibits officers from applying for or participating in the service of “no knock” search warrant entries
- Prohibits officers from applying for or participating in the service of “no knock” arrest warrants.
- Prohibits entry into premises when serving high-risk warrants and requires the use of alternative strategies to include setting up a perimeter and encouraging the individual being sought to surrender.
The Escalated Mental Health Crisis Call Protocol will be used for mental health crisis calls involving violent acts or the presence of weapons. The protocol includes the following provisions:
- The Communications Unit will try to determine if a service call is a mental health crisis involving weapons or violence. If an Escalated Mental Health Crisis Call exists, the dispatcher will dispatch a supervisor to the scene.
- The responding officer will coordinate with the assigned supervisor and will try to contact the complainant to gather as much information as possible prior to the supervisor’s arrival. If an Escalated Mental Health Crisis Call exists, then the SAPD Mental Health Unit Supervisor will dispatch the SAPD Mental Health team to respond to the location.
- Responding officers will not approach the person in crisis, unless the person initiates contact or there is a life-threatening situation. Officers are instructed to evaluate the situation and to be prepared to take appropriate measures to protect themselves and others. Officers are also instructed to conduct interviews of relatives, friends, neighbors or others that can provide useful information.
For more information about the San Antonio Police Department’s policies and procedures visit SanAntonio.gov/SAPD.
Heat Indexes On the Rise
City of San Antonio to open cooling centers due to expected high heat indexes
With heat indexes expected to reach up to 100 plus this week, the City of San Antonio will open cooling centers to provide residents relief from the heat.
The heat indexes for today through Saturday, July 31 are forecasted to reach between 100 to 103 degrees.
Adults, 65 and older; children, 4 and younger; and people with existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning, are at higher risk on days with high temperatures and heat indexes.
Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration.
Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately. If the situation involves a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.
Community members can visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Managementwebsites for a listing of cooling centers. Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices.
Golf Tournament to Benefit Victims of Violent Crime
The Grace Seward Foundation will host their first annual Top Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Topgolf in San Antonio, Texas. Topgolf is located at 5539 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX. This event begins at 6pm CST and ends at 9pm CST.
The tournament benefits two Bexar County programs: The Victims of Crimes Unit the San Antonio Department and Crime Stoppers. Proceeds from the Topgolf fundraiser will benefit the Crime Stoppers Grace Seward reward fund.
Tickets to attend this event are available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grace-seward-foundation-golf-benefit-2021-tickets-152912690975
About Grace Seward
Grace Seward graduated Cum Laude from Fox Tech High School in 2011. A scholar and an athlete, while in high school Grace was a district champion in Track, Basketball and Golf. Grace was also a part of the Law and Magnet Program and clerked while in high school with former District Attorney Susan Reed. After graduation, Grace attended San Antonio College and Texas Lutheran University. Grace acquired her Associates Degree in Kinesiology from San Antonio College.
On July 15, 2018, Grace Seward was murdered after pulling into the driveway of a friend’s home. The person responsible for Grace’s murder and the attempted murder of another passenger in the vehicle have never been apprehended.
About The Grace Seward Foundation
The Grace Seward Foundation was created by Butch and Debra Seward, the parents of Grace Seward. The foundations mission is to Spread a Little Grace through their community based initiatives and events and also to support The San Antonio Crime Stoppers and Victims of Crime Unit. Funds raised from the Grace Seward Top Golf Tournament will be applied to the Grace Seward reward fund.
For More Information
For more information about the Grace Seward Foundation please contact
Debra Seward at firstname.lastname@example.org, (210) 860-7439
Lisa Jackson, Public Relations Manager email@example.com, (210) 364-2261
Topgolf at (210) 202-2694
COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinics
SAN ANTONIO (July 2, 2021) – Toensure everyone who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has access to get one, Metro Health is informing residents on weekly pop-up vaccination clinics. Below is a listing of upcoming pop-up clinic locations for the week of July 3 – July 10.
Please note that clinic dates and times are subject to change. Check the interactive map of COVID-19 pop-up clinics, www.covid19.sanantonio.gov, for the latest updates.
SATURDAY, July 3 – MONDAY, July 5
NO POP-UP CLINICS
TUESDAY, July 6
|SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm Pfizer||Plaza Guadalupe/ Metro/CCDO/ Avenida 1327 Guadalupe 78207 11 am – 7 pm Pfizer||Second Baptist Church 3310 E. Commerce St 78220 1 – 6 pm Pfizer and J&J|
|Paul Taylor Field House|
7001 Culebra Road 78238 3 – 6 pm Pfizer
WEDNESDAY, July 7
|Blessed Angels Community Center |
14078 Nacogdoches Rd78247 8 am – 12 pm J&J
|SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm Pfizer||Crossroads Baptist Church 8300 Tezel Rd 78254 10 am – 5 pm Pfizer|
|Second Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St 78220 1 – 6 pm Pfizer and J&J||Autism Treatment Center 15911 Nacogdoches Rd Building 2 78247 4 – 7 pm Pfizer|
THURSDAY, July 8
|Palo Alto College Student Center Building Classroom SC130 1400 W Villaret Blvd 78224 Noon – 6 pm Pfizer||Second Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St 78220 1 – 6 pm Pfizer and J&J|
FRIDAY, July 9
|SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm Pfizer||Raindrop Cultural Center 4337 Vance Jackson Rd Ste #203 78230 10 am – 6 pm Pfizer||Oak Farms Dairy 1314 Fredericksburg Rd78201 10 am – 6 pm Pfizer|
|Mirabella Senior Apartments 1955 Bandera Rd 78228 11 am – 1 pm Pfizer||Presentation Ministry Center (collaboration with Health Collaborative 2003 Ruiz St 78207 3 – 7 pm Pfizer and J&J||IDEA Brackenridge 5555 Old Pearsall Rd 78242 3 – 6 pm Pfizer|
SATURDAY, July 10
|AT&T Center 1 AT&T Center Parkway78219 8 am – 1 pm Pfizer||SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm Pfizer||San Antonio Preparatory Community School 6127 Summer Fest Dr 78244 10 am – 1 pm Pfizer|
|Restore Adult Education|
George Gervin Academy 4205 San Pedro Ave 78212 10 am – 1 pm Pfizer and J&J
|City Church 9431 Bandera Rd 78250 10 am – 4 pm Pfizer||Avalanche of Love Community Outreach 6812 Bandera Rd 78238 10 am – 2 pm Pfizer|
|Esperanza at Palo Alto Apt 12305 SW Loop 410 78224 11 am – 2 pm Pfizer and J&J|
On-going Mass Vaccination Site:
- Alamodome, 100 Montana St, Parking Lot B
Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 8 p.m.
For an interactive map of upcoming COVID-19 pop-up clinics, visit www.covid19.sanantonio.gov.