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A gun buyback program is in the works for the City of San Antonio. Two members of the San Antonio City Council are recommending the voluntary program but San Antonio’s police chief is against the idea.


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Correction:  In this story Texas Public Radio used information from a San Antonio Police Association report and a Governing Magazine article. Each organization had utilized  the 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report. We consulted that Report as well. 

SAPD Launches Violent Crime Task Force

Jan 18, 2017
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The San Antonio Police Department announced a new initiative Wednesday to crack down on violent crime across the city. The effort comes in response to a disturbing uptick in violent crime last year.  

SAPD investigated 151 homicides last year, a 61 percent increase from the year before. Chief William McManus says his Department is rolling out a violent crime task force, where covert units like the Homicide, Vice, Drug and Gang Units will coordinate.

The man suspected of killing a veteran San Antonio police officer got married at the Bexar County Courthouse just 6 hours before his arrest, according to County Clerk records.

The County Clerk’s office issued a marriage license to Otis Tyrone McKane at 9:57 a.m. Monday—less than a day after police say McKane gunned down Detective Benjamin Marconi in a squad car outside SAPD Headquarters.

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San Antonio Police Chief William McManus responded Thursday evening to a police association vote of no confidence and a call for his resignation.  

The union vote came after the chief announced new policies for how officers will deal with suspects and deadly force.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, is criticizing San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley for deciding to hire William McManus for his old job as police chief, a position he left less than a year ago.  The organization said while it believes McManus will be a great chief again, the current interim-chief Anthony Trevino would be a better choice. Henry Rodriguez, the executive director of LULAC 4383, said he disapproves of Sculley circumventing the application process which included community meetings.

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The new chief looks a lot like the old chief, as William McManus announced he would be coming back as SAPD Chief, a mere 9 months after retiring and taking a job with CPS Energy.

We take the community's pulse on their new chief.

Also on the program we talk about the University Interscholastic League hearing surrounding John Jay High School, which proved to be a bit of a snoozefest.