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CrimeWatch: SMPD is Reaching Out

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The San Marcos Police Department is reaching out. There is now an officer dedicated to responding to the community's non-emergency needs. Officer Emilio Gonzales is the department's new liaison officer. As part of the job title, he shows crime victims what they can to prevent being a victim again.

"We had one gentleman who was a victim that was out of town for a week."

As a result, Officer Gonzales says that Texas State student fell victim to a big problem that comes in waves in San Marcos, car burglaries. 21-year-old, Kyle Douglas Tetley, is one of the latest suspects charged with vehicle burglary.

Some of the items he's accused of stealing from an apartment complex parking lot, an iPhone, a watch, an iPod, a GPS system, a speaker, and CD’s and the holder. Apartment complexes off I-35 in San Marcos are targets for criminals because of the easy access to the freeway.

Gonzales says, "Being so close to the interstate, anything can happen."

Gonzales says that's why they notify apartment complexes when any report is filed with the police department. It's done through a police computer assisted dispatch program called CAD MINE. Melissa Oyler is the apartment manager for University Heights.

"The police department to be able to respond to us so fast and to be able to get those police reports to us even if it’s an incident that happens on property, that is a key thing to have so we can respond to very quickly for our insurance companies."

"To have access to Emilio has been a godsend and nothing less."

Oyler says before Gonzales, "it took quite a while."

Getting information wasn't instantaneous. "You might walk in the next day after something's occurred and you're going to be hit upside the head and not know what's happened."

"Now that we have this correspondence and the CAD MINE alert system, I hear things right when they happen when the report is filed." How Gonzales spends his days depend on who calls.

Whether it's talking to crime victims or neighborhood groups, Gonzales’ mission, opening communication and bridging the gap between police and the community.

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