November 26, 2022

SAPOA Press Release – March 18, 2020

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Contact: Michael Helle

Tel: (210) 822-4428



SAPOA calls on San Antonio Retailers to partner with them after First Responders given insufficient protective gear and deficient products to handle COVID-19.

San Antonio, TX, March 18, 2020 – Today, the San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) is calling on major retailers here in San Antonio to partner with them in an effort to protect our First Responders against the Corona Virus (COVID-19).

As the front line responders to this crisis, it is critical that police officers remain healthy to effectively respond to calls. Unfortunately, the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is failing to provide them with enough quality protective gear and products. Insufficient numbers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear (masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, etc) are being distributed to police shifts, in most cases only enough to supply one-third of the officers on duty. In addition to inadequate quantities being distributed, quality is also insufficient. For example, the hand sanitizer being issued to officers expired in 2011 and many officers are finding many bottles already opened and partially used.

SAPOA calls on retailers to partner with them to provide access to procure protective gear for First Responders.

  • Protective gear needed includes items such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, protective eyewear, disinfectant spray and cleaning wipes.
  • SAPOA is willing to pay retailers for these products, they only ask for expedited access to procure them.
  • SAPOA is seeking easy access from retailers so that we can pick up the protective gear and products and distribute them to our First Responders.
  • Businesses that think they can help San Antonio Police Officers should call Mike Helle at (210) 822-4428.

“Our First Responders are being poorly equipped to deal with this crisis. There aren’t enough masks and they’re being given expired hand sanitizer, probably left over from the Hurricane Katrina response,” said Mike Helle, President of the San Antonio Police Officers Association. “I am asking members of the business community to step up and partner with us to provide officers with the means to protect themself as they do their jobs.”

This is an important issue for First Responders. In New York City for example, police officers who have had to respond to calls regarding COVID-19 patients have become sick themselves. In one NYPD precinct, for example, 31 officers are exhibiting flu-like symptoms. It is essential that if San Antonio begins to see a rising number of cases, our officers are not compromised and become unable to do their job: protecting the people of San Antonio.

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2 thoughts on “SAPOA Press Release – March 18, 2020”

  1. Milke I would like to know why the chief hasn’t shown any interest in protecting our officers. I am wondering why he, unlike the sheriff and a few other police departments, hasn’t made a media announcement for officers to limit contact with the public and to only respond to emergency calls, as well as to have all calls that are expeditable sent to the expediter channel and not dispatched. Is this something SAPOA plans to inquire about with the chief? Sub stations have no sanitizer or wipes to wipe down and clean patrol cars and it just seems like that’s the last thing on the chiefs mind. Thanks.

    • Dear Ron,
      The Floyd case should be an eye opener to something thats been happening for a long time. When you have a Mayor who protects the criminal acts of the chief of police, or any police. There’s not much that can be done.
      I’m going to say what I’ve known for a long time.
      Having had family be a detective and move up to District Attorney im the early 70s and 80s here in San Antonio. I’ve watched as our City has been made a target point for political parties. We came from NYC where my Uncle worked along side Serpico a few times, and constantly dealt with the mob. We already knew there were some bad actors here. And they’re in still government. But we NEVER expected to see what is going on now. This is a full blown assault on our Constitution, and our Country as a whole. You have people who enjoy the extra pay thats illegal, they’ve threatened innocent peoples lives. And the UN agenda is ALL they are pushing.
      I suggest you question your Mayor who recieved a UN Award for HUMAN RIGHTS by an organization that has had Saudi Arabia in charge of the Council. Now its China.
      His supposed belief in Human Rights should be that of funding these guys the right way. Not the UN way, whose been using other Countries to train their police force.
      You either are FOR this Country, or AGAINST.
      I myself, with very limited income, will be trying to raise funds these guys.
      This is MY COUNTRY. And Nirenberg and Wolff, are showing their true colors. Maybe its time they both are exposed for they are.
      So, RON, would you like to help me in getting these guys and gals what they need?


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