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The San Antonio Police Department will roll out a cite and release program that will allow police officers to ticket low-level offenders instead of arrest them.

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The San Antonio Police Department is exploring the option of releasing low-level offenders instead of arresting them on site.

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The Texas attorney general is launching an investigation into how San Antonio handled a human smuggling incident last month. The attorney general’s office sent a letter to the city asking it to preserve all records and information related to the release of 12 migrants who were found in a trailer.

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick asked the Texas attorney general’s office to investigate if the San Antonio Police Department broke any provisions relating to the state’s Sanctuary Cities Law, also known as SB4. The AG’s office may be launching an investigation.

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The president of the San Antonio Police Officers' Association is asking the City Council to place Police Chief William McManus on leave. This follows the chief’s decision to release 12 immigrants found in a trailer last month to Catholic Charities instead of to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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When 12 migrants were found inside a trailer at 1600 Splashtown Dr. the afternoon of Dec. 23, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus released them into the care of Catholic Charities, a group affiliated with the Archdiocese of San Antonio, instead of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Crime in San Antonio was down in 2017 after a record year, according to data released by the San Antonio Police Department. The drop is credited to a multi-agency task force created to tackle violent crime.

Updated at 5:37 p.m. with a statement from San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg

The San Antonio Police Department detective accused of mishandling 130 special victims unit cases has been fired.

In a statement from City Manager Sheryl Sculley, she said Detective Kenneth Valdez was given due process following state and federal law.

The city revealed the mishandling of the cases last week, saying Valdez was responsible for not following through with these cases.

She has promised the city attorney’s office will review each case.

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San Antonio police officers will be donning tricentennial commemorative badges next year.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus unveiled the badge on Monday.

It contains images that include the Spanish coat-of-arms, the Franciscan seal, and an image of the Governor of Coahuila and Texas, Martín de Alarcón, who established and named both Mission San Antonio de Valero (later known as the Alamo) and the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar, a garrison to protect the mission.

Chief McManus has approved the badge to be worn by active sworn SAPD members throughout 2018.

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Funeral arrangements are complete for San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno, who was killed in a shootout last week.

Visitation will take place this Thursday from  5 to 7 p.m. at Porter Loring Downtown at 1101 McCullough.  That will be followed by a service at 7 p.m.

The funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Community Bible Church on Loop 1604 at Gold Canyon.

A police procession will begin from the Alamodome at 8 a.m. and head up Hwy 281 to Loop 1604.