The San Antonio Police Department is creating a new Street Crimes Unit (SCU). The SCU will replace the current POP and Gang Units and the result will be a streamlining of what had been overlapping responsibilities of those two units.

The main benefit to taxpayers will be that several of the uniformed officers formerly from the POP/Gang Units will be re-deployed to the six patrol substations to provide better geographic coverage and help to further improve response times city-wide. The redistribution will allow for an expansion of the Downtown Bike Patrol Unit, increasing the coverage into areas like King William/Southtown and VIA’s new Downtown Transit Center.

The remainder of the officers in the SCU will continue to target gang and drug incidents, and respond to calls city-wide as needs or situations arise. These may include violent crime incidents, targeted enforcement in “hot spots,” large special events and support to various investigative units.

If you have questions regarding the new Street Crimes Unit, please contact Sgt. Javier Salazar at (210) 207-7579.