San Antonio Police Union Questions Lowering Of Hiring Standards

SAN ANTONIO, TX — Police union President Mike Helle believes the changes will have an effect on the quality of the men and women serving and protecting the Alamo City.

“The person that you’re putting your faith and hands into can take someone’s life if they feel that it’s justified to do so. You need to have the most qualified people in order to do that,” Helle said.

SAPOA sent a letter a Mayor Ron Nirenberg expressing its concerns and asking the city to reverse the commission’s decisions. Below is the letter and the changes to the hiring standards:

SAPOA Letter to the Mayor

KSAT 12 obtained the following statement from SAPD’s public information office:

The rule changes we made to our hiring practices are in line with current standards. The proposals were reviewed by our Training Advisory Committee, which consists of SAPD officers, citizens and also our legal team. These changes were reviewed and approved by the San Antonio Police and Fire Commission. We believe that certain youthful transgressions should not disqualify an applicant who has demonstrated a higher level of maturity and responsibility with age. These mistakes made early on in life should not permanently disqualify someone from serving their community as a police officer. These changes bring fairness and common sense to our hiring process.”

The mayor has not yet responded to our request for comment.

From KSAT 12