Cite and release pilot program officially launches, SAPD no immediate plan to participate

Bexar County DA: Program should save taxpayers money

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas - Wednesday is the official launch date for a cite and release pilot program that Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood says should save taxpayers money and free up law enforcement officers.

The San Antonio Police Department however said that they have not yet received any information into how the program would work and that there are no immediate plans to participate. 

The SAPD Public Information Office released the following statement early Thursday morning: 

The Bexar County Sheriff and the DA are currently working on a pilot program for cite and release. SAPD and the City of San Antonio have had limited talks with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office to study the issue, examine the impact and determine a proper course for implementation. At this time, no decisions on cite and release between SAPD and the Bexar County DA's Office have been finalized.

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The Olmos Park Police Department has said it will not utilize the program.

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