Congressman Smith Applauds San Antonio Police Department
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) today met with Police Chief William McManus to discuss recent reports regarding violent crime in San Antonio. On June 9, the FBI released its Uniform Crime Report (UCR) detailing statistics and tracking trends for violent crime nationwide. Despite an overall decrease nationally, some cities still experienced a rise in crime, including San Antonio.
Congressman Lamar Smith, who represents parts of San Antonio, issued the following statement regarding his meeting with Police Chief McManus:
"Chief McManus is dedicated to reducing crime and protecting the citizens of San Antonio. I appreciate the time he spent with me today discussing trends he's seeing in the community, as well as what resources and tools the Department needs to help keep San Antonio safe. I am confident that the tireless efforts of the men and women of the San Antonio Police Department will continue to provide residents in our area with safe neighborhoods and communities.
"I will continue to promote efforts to combat violent crime nationwide. For example, this week the House Judiciary Committee will vote on bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Byrne-JAG grants, which provide hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local law enforcement officials. A significant portion of that funding is expected to go to Texas law enforcement agencies. The funding received by the San Antonio Police Department will directly impact area residents by supplementing current crime fighting efforts."
In 2007, Congressman Smith was named Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues related to crime, national security, civil liberties, immigration and intellectual property. As the senior Republican on the Committee, Ranking Member Smith oversees hearings and promotes legislation to help prevent violent crime and protect the rights of victims.
For more information regarding San Antonio statistics and national crime trends, visit: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/june08/crimestatistics_060908.html.