The Early Years of AACPA:
The initial meeting to lay the ground work for the Alamo Area
Crime Prevention Association was held at the Lackland NCO Club
in early 1983. Several subsequent meetings over the next year
resulted in the establishment of the Association in 1984.The
first president of the AACPA was Jerry Smith, Chief of Police of
the Hondo Police Department. Other key players at the time were
Ian "Buddy" Lovestock of AACOG, Kyle Coleman and Bill Carver of
the Bexar County Sheriff's Department, Conrad Farnhoff of
the Fredericksburg PD, and Rick Taylor of the Hondo PD.
was in the heyday of the Law Enforcement Assistance
Administration (LEAA) and the federal government was providing
millions of dollars in crime prevention grants. As a result,
many smaller agencies, such as Seguin, Live Oak, and Windcrest,
had Crime Prevention Officers before police departments in major
cities. These grants helped to establish Crime Prevention Units
in law enforcement organizations as diverse as the Bexar County
District Attorney's Office and San Antonio Park Rangers.
Police/Security units of the U. S. Armed Forces were also very
active in crime prevention during this time frame.
the majority of the rank and file of AACPA was opposed to
mandatory affiliation with the Texas Crime Prevention
This was because of the large membership of other
regional associations and concerns that our Association would
loose it's identity.
Eventually, affiliation passed by a slim
the monies for crime prevention grants dried up, crime
prevention units began to disappear and so did membership in the
AACPA. Fortunately, many of our
"Founding Fathers" persevered
and, with the assistance of some new blood from the private
sector and the San Antonio Police Department our Association has
A big thank you to
Officer Doug Rivers for providing this brief on the beginnings
of the Alamo Area Crime Prevention Association.