Councilman rides along with SAFFE officers

SAFFE stands for San Antonio Fear Free Environment

SAN ANTONIO – District 9 City Councilman John Courage got an up-close and personal look at the challenges that San Antonio police SAFFE officers may encounter on the job.

SAFFE stands for San Antonio Fear Free Environment.

He participated Tuesday in a ride-along that began at the north substation on Jones Maltsberger Road.

The councilman accompanied an officer to get a firsthand look at the officer's daily duties and how he patrols communities.

Courage said in order to address constituents' primary concerns, he has to educate himself on public safety.

"This is my opportunity to get out with a SAFEE officer and proactively see what they are doing and the situation they are running to and in their daily patrols,” Courage said. “I hope to build a stronger bridge between the community and the SAFFE program."

SAFFE officers establish and maintain day-to-day interactions with residents and businesses in an attempt to prevent crimes before they happen.

The program was established in 1994 and has more than 100 officers.