On January 3, 2014, the San Antonio Police Department implemented the Police Allocation Resource Model (PRAM) within the department. The prior personnel deployment model was developed in the late 1980’s and had changed little over time despite cities’ population growth.
The model was developed in partnership with Department’s Command Staff, Strategic Intelligence and Analytics Office, Development Services Department, Dr. Corey Sparks with the Demography Department of UTSA, representatives from each of the six service areas and the San Antonio Police Officers Association. The new deployment model better balances the demands of the service areas with the existing personnel.
The model will lower response times and improve officer safety by “right sizing” service areas and having more officers available during peak call periods. The service areas were adjusted to meet current demands and the staffing for “T-Shift” which operates 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. was increased from 226 officers to 299 officers to meet service demands.
The new deployment model will improve service delivery by balancing calls for service and staffing throughout the City of San Antonio. I would like to thank Chief McManus and all involved in the planning and implementation of the new model and look forward to continued success.