Encino Bluff Homeowner's Association

Cell On Patrol??

Posted in: Encino Bluff
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  • jjko
  • Valued Neighbor
  • San Antonio, TX 78259
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Hi Everyone,

With as much crime thats been going on in the Encino Bluff Subdivision, what does everyone think about participating in the Cell On Patrol Program???

Below is a link and some information:


The SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT sponsors a unique, exciting program, CELLULAR ON PATROL, that gives residents an opportunity to work closely with the police to make their neighborhoods safer places to live.
The Cellular On Patrol (COP) concept was created in 1992 by Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems in San Antonio as an informal service for cellular phone subscribers. Bell provided free airtime for calls to the emergency 911 number as well as to the non-emergency police dispatcher (dial *COP = *267) when within San Antonio and *DPS to connect with the state Department of Public Safety when outside the city. Subscribers were encouraged to use the appropriate free-dial numbers to seek assistance and to report accidents or crimes observed while on the road.

In October, 1993, the San Antonio Police Department and the City of San Antonio joined together with SBMS to create a more structured COP Program that involves three unique factors:

  • Members of neighborhood groups receive training at SAPD substations.
  • graduates patrol their own neighborhoods, using donated SBMS cellular phones pre-programmed with additional free-dial emergency numbers.
  • Funds to support the program (ID cards, logo shirts, etc.) are donated by local businesses.

The first class of COP trainees graduated from the Eastside Substation on October 30, 1993. During 1994 and early 1995 COP training was expanded to include the entire city, starting with the Northside Substation (5/94), Prue Road (10/94), West (12/94), Central (3/95), and South (5/95). As of December 31, 2005, there were nearly 8000 COP graduates throughout the city, representing over 300 neighborhoods.

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