Like other major cities, San Antonio is locked into a collective agreement with the local police union, the San Antonio Police Officers Association. The city and the San Antonio Police Association have agreed on the terms of a new collective agreement that ends more than two years of intermittent and often controversial negotiations. “This is a great day for our community,” she said in a statement issued exclusively for the San Antonio Express-News. “The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Police Association have agreed and achieved important goals. Our police officers receive a pay increase; We have addressed issues such as personal legal costs; and we have put their health plans more in line with what we offer our civilian employees. We have dozens of cases where the police have illegitimately shot, strangled and escaped. The SAPOA treaty is one of the worst in the country and the FBI should examine the inner workings of this agreement. The organization FIXSAPD.ORG is circulating a petition for the abolition of local codes 174 and 143, which allows bad police officers to remain in the troop. San Antonio taxpayers have had enough. We honor good officers, but those who break the law should not be allowed to remain in the troop. With the latest collective agreement expiring, city manager Insely Sculley warned that the city could face financial difficulties if it did not see the health care expenses of public service staff. There are fundamental changes to be made in the new agreement.
In particular, maintaining an officer`s disciplinary history, citizens review the committee with enforcement powers, improved instructors and the training program that really deals with de-escalation and negotiation techniques. The intensity of the public debate about police work encourages me. During my seven years in office, public safety has always been the primary concern of residents and voters. It`s changing. In recent weeks, the discussion has postponed concerns, and issues such as police demilitarization and the search for different ways of addressing security issues have reached the summit. I don`t think it`s enough to train the police, there must be profound political changes in policing – the way the police interact with the community, the way they perceive black people – and the changing public mood will go a long way towards reorienting political will.