S.A. police chief, councilwoman pledge to clean up east-side crime

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by James Muñoz / KENS 5

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Posted on May 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 6:26 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Councilwoman Ivy Taylor and San Antonio police Chief William McManus on Wednesday spent a few hours touring an east side neighborhood that has seen a recent spike in gang-related crime.

The tour focused on Corliss Street, near I-10 and Martin Luther King Drive. That's where McManus said four houses are believed to be the center of criminal activity related to drugs and gangs.

"We have put a tremendous amount of resources in this area to try and reduce the crime and make neighborhoods better," McManus said. "We have been out here and we'll continue to be out here until we improve this area."

Applauding the police department's efforts, Taylor said even more needs to be done within the community in order to keep young adults from drifting into a life of crime.

"SAPD will remain vigilant in this area," Taylor said. "But our community needs other solutions to engage young adults in the workforce or in school and to address the vacant houses and lots that serve as magnets for negative activity."

A public meeting to address in the influx of crime has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. inside the Barbara Jordan Community Center, 2803 E. Commerce St. For more information call (210) 207-2122.

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