San Antonio West End residents voice concerns about crime

Police Chief William McManus, 100 residents attend community meeting at Garrett Community Center

Author: Charles Gonzalez, Reporter, Anchor, cgonzalez@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 10 2012 09:50:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 11 2012 02:55:50 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

San Antonio West End residents voiced their concerns about crime in their neighborhood at a community meeting attended by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

About 100 West Side residents took part in the meeting at the Garrett Community Tuesday night to voice their worries, and problem solve with police on how to curb the problems. The West End is bordered on the north by Culebra, on the west by 24th Street, on the south by Martin and on the east by Hamilton.

"The police are working with the community to identify the problems and provide feedback on what it is we're doing," said Chief McManus.

There were several personal testimonies, including Jessica Vasquez, a relatively new resident to the area,

"The prostitutes will be out there and they literally jump out in front of your car and stop traffic," said Vasquez.

Chief McManus shot down the residents' request for a police storefront in the area, calling the idea obsolete. SAPD is hoping to create a better partnership with residents, which includes battling the fears many residents have of reporting crimes in their area.

"The light bulbs are starting to go off and people are starting to realize that things can change but you have to stand up and say something," said Vasquez.

"That community involvement leads to partnership and that partnership usually leads to satisfaction," said McManus.

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