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Mayoral Candidates talk crime

Both mayoral candidates talked crime today and how to strengthen neighborhoods and make them safe. (SBG Photo)

SAN ANTONIO---Both mayoral candidates talked crime today and how to strengthen neighborhoods and make them safe.

Mayor Ivy Taylor and Mike Helle from the San Antonio police Officers Association announced that the Officers Association is endorsing Ivy Taylor for mayor.

But a lot of the talk was about crime.

With crime numbers growing we wanted to know how both candidates planned to handle this huge issue if elected.

Mayor Taylor explains, "we're looking forward to address the key issue so that we can drive down crime rates in San Antonio. We all know that crime has risen in most major American cities and San Antonio has not been immune..."

"It's nice that two weeks before a runoff election Mayor Taylor finally decides to be willing to talk about the highest violent crime rate we're had in a generation," says Mayoral Candidate Ron Niremberg.

Both candidates say that crime is their top priority and both have a plan on how to handle it.

"First off we're going full steam ahead on the violent crimes task force because we want to get the violent hard core criminals off the street," says Taylor.

And Nirenberg explains, "we need to staff up, that we have our vacancies filled and we need to increase the number of officers in the department so that as our city grows we'll have the resources available to fight crime."

And as far as how to handle making our neighborhoods safer,

"How we can expand the safe officer program because what I hear around the community is that folks want to see more safe officers," says Mayor Taylor.

"Crime prevention and make sure we have strong community policing, that we have a presence in our neighborhoods so that crime doesn't occur in the first place," explains Niremberg.

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