More than two years after then-freshman Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez (D2) submitted a request for it — and after some resistance from city staff — the City of San Antonio last week established an office outside the police department that focuses on preventing crime, city officials told the San Antonio Report.

The Office of Integrated Community Safety will function as an internal, mini-think tank dedicated to data-informed approaches to crime prevention.

Maria Vargas-Yates, recently hired as the city’s new public safety outcomes coordinator, will lead the eight-person office. The office is expected to be fully staffed in early April.


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