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File #: 20-3663   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council B Session
On agenda: 6/10/2020
Posting Language: Briefing on the San Antonio Police Department current process for police-community relations, officer training, and legal framework for investigation and discipline of police conduct to provide City Council and the community a foundation to develop and evaluate potential reforms. [Erik Walsh, City Manager; Andy Segovia, City Attorney, William McManus, Chief of Police]
Attachments: 1. Staff Presentation
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DEPARTMENT: City Manager’s Office                     

 

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD:  Erik Walsh

                     

                     

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide

 

 

SUBJECT:

 

Briefing on the San Antonio Police Department current process for police-community relations, officer training, and legal framework for investigation and discipline of police conduct to provide City Council and the community a foundation to develop and evaluate potential reforms.

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

To facilitate discussions on potential reforms to the SAPD disciplinary process and improvements to police-community relations, City Staff will outline current processes in the context of state law and collective bargaining agreement obligations.

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

 

In light of the call for reforms precipitated by the death of George Floyd, the City wants to ensure that the Council and Community are fully aware of the current police-community relations and investigation and discipline process for the San Antonio Police Department.  Several proposals for reform have already been shared with the City Council and the City Manager’s office.  These proposals and others can be fully evaluated and discussed in contrast to the current process once the legal framework is understood. 

 

ISSUE:

 

Establishing a factual foundation for evaluating potential reforms to the SAPD disciplinary process and community-police relations.  

 

ALTERNATIVES:

 

This is for briefing purposes only.

 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

 

This is for briefing purposes only.

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

Staff has begun working with the Public Safety Committee Chair to facilitate and plan for community listening sessions before evaluating potential reform proposals and strategies.