San Antonio Police Department

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San Antonio Police Department
Abbreviation SAPD
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Patch of the San Antonio Police Department.
Agency overview
Formed 1846
Employees 2,100
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of San Antonio in the state of Texas, United States
Size 412 mi² (1,230 km²)
Population 1.4 million
Legal jurisdiction City of San Antonio, Texas
Governing body San Antonio City Council
General nature
Operational structure
Police Officers 2,100
Agency executive Anthony TreviÑo, Chief of Police
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is the municipal law enforcement agency of the city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. It is headquartered in Downtown San Antonio at 315 South Santa Rosa Street.

The department can trace its beginnings to 1846 when the first City Marshal was appointed.[1] The city had its laws enforced only by Texas Rangers and the City Marshals until the police force became modernized in 1875 when they were issued uniforms. Today, SAPD has over 2,100 sworn officers.

SWAT Team[edit]

In 2004, the SWAT unit of the San Antonio Police Department took first place in the general competition at the World SWAT Challenge held in Moyock, North Carolina, overtaking some of the best SWAT teams from around the world.

In 2010, the SWAT unit took the title of Best SWAT team in America, and won 2nd place internationally behind the Canadian team.

Rank Structure[edit]

Rank Insignia
Chief 4 Gold Stars.svg
Assistant Chief 2 Gold Stars.svg
Deputy Chief 1 Gold Star.svg
Captain Captain insignia gold.svg
Lieutenant US-O1 insignia.svg
Sergeant LASD Sergeant.jpg
Detective Blue Chevron Corporal Rank.svg
Officer no insignia

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the San Antonio Police Department, 53 officers have died in the line of duty.[2]

Officer Date of death Details
Assistant City Marshal Frederick W. Fieldstrup
Friday, May 29, 1857
Patrolman Van Ness Wells
Thursday, September 26, 1867
Patrolman William M. Lacey
Thursday, November 29, 1900
Motorcycle Officer Frank East
Sunday, June 10, 1917
Motorcycle accident
Officer Joseph J. Pedraza
Monday, October 6, 1924
Gunfire (Accidental)
Chief of Detectives Sam A. Street
Sunday, September 11, 1927
Detective Robert White
Thursday, November 10, 1927
Police Officer Louis C. Grobe
Saturday, March 22, 1930
Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman Theodore T. Boynton
Tuesday, July 29, 1930
Police Officer Raleigh W. Taylor
Thursday, December 25, 1930
Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Peter J. Scrivano
Thursday, May 28, 1931
Detective Henry C. Perrow
Monday, December 11, 1933
Patrolman John Stowe
Thursday, December 3, 1936
Police Officer Agnal A. Edwards
Saturday, January 16, 1937
Police Officer Earl W. Kanning
Saturday, December 24, 1938
Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Julius N. Alberson
Thursday, December 4, 1941
Police Officer Frederick W. Coblentz
Sunday, November 8, 1942
Motorcycle accident
Detective Michael J. Ellis Jr.
Thursday, May 11, 1944
Police Investigator Otto S. Hillock
Thursday, October 18, 1945
Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Winston A. Culpepper
Saturday, September 11, 1954
Struck by vehicle
Patrolman Richard M. Cuellar
Friday, August 2, 1968
Patrolman Guadalupe J. Martinez
Friday, September 4, 1970
Patrolman Antonio T. Canales
Thursday, May 18, 1972
Patrolman George Ellis Jacobs
Sunday, January 14, 1973
Patrolman Russell D. Spannagel
Saturday, June 30, 1973
Patrolman Harry James Brackman
Thursday, June 27, 1974
Motorcycle accident
Detective James E. Anderson
Tuesday, July 1, 1975
Police Officer James W. Bennett Jr.
Saturday, September 13, 1975
Struck by vehicle
Police Officer George E. Copeland III
Saturday, September 13, 1975
Struck by vehicle
Police Officer Eloy Flores Gonzales
Monday, August 15, 1977
Detective Bernabe Salazar Jr.
Thursday, November 16, 1978
Patrolman Gilbert E. Ramirez
Saturday, December 24, 1983
Patrolman Edwyn Joseph Gorrell
Tuesday, July 5, 1988
Patrolman Antonio Portillo Garcia
Sunday, December 4, 1988
Automobile accident
Patrolman Patricia R. Calderon
Tuesday, December 27, 1988
Patrolman Gary Lee Williams
Monday, March 27, 1989
Police Officer Roger Carl Henarie
Friday, April 13, 1990
Automobile accident
Police Officer Douglas Scott Goeble
Saturday, April 20, 1991
Police Officer Rondall (Randy) Sisco
Tuesday, September 22, 1992
Motorcycle accident
Police Officer Fabian Dale Dominguez
Sunday, January 15, 1995
Patrolman Michael Corey McInnis
Monday, August 28, 1995
Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman Oscar Domingo Perez
Friday, March 24, 2000
Patrolman John Anthony (Rocky) Riojas
Saturday, February 3, 2001
Patrolman Hector Garza
Thursday, March 29, 2001
Patrolman Juan Morales
Tuesday, December 11, 2001
Vehicular assault
Patrolman John Randolph Wheeler
Friday, October 14, 2005
Vehicular assault
Officer Valentine D. (Val) Lopez Jr.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Detective Mario Moreno
Friday, September 21, 2007
Police Officer Robert A. Davis
Monday, December 1, 2008
Struck by vehicle driven by a fellow officer
Police Officer Sergio Antillon
Friday, October 29, 2010
Struck by a drunk driver
Police Officer Stephanie Ann Brown
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Struck by a drunk driver
Police Officer Edrees Mukhtar
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Automobile accident
Police Officer Robert Deckard
Saturday, December 20, 2013

See also[edit]

List of law enforcement agencies in Texas


External links[edit]

San Antonio Police Exam