SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are hoping to crack down on neighborhood concerns by dedicating officers to patrol popular nightlife hot spots near downtown.
District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino said a proposal would add 10 police officers to the entertainment zones and nightlife corridors such as the St. Mary's strip, North Main, Pearl and Southtown areas.
"It is for our upcoming budget," Trevino said. "This is the proposal for this year's budget that we will adopt over the next few months."
Trevino said the goal is to create an additional force with Police Chief William McManus, which will help tackle issues they have seen in adjacent neighborhoods.
"First, it is the time of the night. You have food trucks out and many people lining up to eat after having a good time, so we have had concerns about the people during those late hours," Trevino said.
"We just want to provide safety and control for those areas," he said.
Other issues Trevino said have been brought to his attention are the number of cars that enter the affected neighborhoods, the amount of trash that is being left behind and people urinating near properties.
"I was sitting on the porch with the light out, just hanging out with my kids ... soon enough you had to move the kids inside because you realize, 'I don’t want my kids seeing this,'" said Jennifer Stall, who lives near St. Mary’s Street.