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San Antonio Police Officers' Association
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Established in 1946

The San Antonio Police Officers Association has a singular focus to represent, preserve, and protect the benefits earned through dedicated service to our community.

The Association leadership are uniformed officers elected by the membership and entrusted with carrying forward the message of service and integrity to the City of San Antonio.

danny diaz

SAPOA President

Danny Diaz, SAPOA PresidentDanny Diaz was sworn in as president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association on February 1, 2021. Before being elected to lead SAPOA, Diaz served for nearly 30 years with the San Antonio Police Department.

During his tenure with the Department, Diaz served on South Patrol, in the Street Crimes Unit, and for 20 years as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit. While executing a narcotics warrant in 2010, he was shot 3 times. For his service, he was awarded the Meritorious Conduct Award and the Purple Heart. He has also earned several merit awards for apprehensions.

In addition to his public service, Diaz takes time to mentor and coach San Antonio youth. He has been a CYO coach for 14 years and has coached the basketball and baseball teams at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Middle School.

Danny Diaz is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball. He subsequently received a scholarship to Dallas Baptist University for baseball, later finishing his degree at Texas State University. Diaz is a lifelong resident of San Antonio, is engaged to be married and has 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

Executive Board

The San Antonio Police Officers Association (SAPOA) is led by a dedicated and selfless team of officers who focus on taking care of the membership and their families. The Executive Board comes from within the ranks and each role has a purpose and area of expertise. This team is the voice of the Association and they serve the membership to the best of their abilities.

These dedicated and selfless members have contributed greatly to make our Association what it has grown to become. Throughout the years these members have guided this organization from a social group of officers to the State’s most modeled police labor organization. The entire time they have continued to work with community leaders, building mutual trust and respect.

The Executive Board members provides much needed support for the president. They provide the stability within our organization and advocate for the needs of the entire Association.

Past Presidents

We cannot overlook the leaders from our past that set the tone for our future. The past presidents of the San Antonio Police Officers Association laid the foundation for who we are today.

The presidents below gave of themselves to represent the needs of thousands of officers throughout the 60-year history of SAPOA.

We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks for a job well done.

William M. Porter

1946-1947

Alfonso G. Peeler

1947-1948

Emil Peters

1948-1950

Arthur Bonnet

1950-1951

Louis Yates

1951-1952

William Lambkin

1952-1953

Arnold Bookout

1953-1954

Jack P. Westbrook

1954-1955

R.D. Allen

1955-1956

Jack Hutton

1957-1958

Jack O. Larned

1958-1960 | 1963-1964

Robert Hernandez

1960-1962

Wilton Shaw

1962-1963

Joe Neaves

1964-1965

Israel “Ike” Garza

1965-1966

Joe Mendoza

1965-1966

Abelardo “Abe” Flores

1968-1969

James Anderson

1969-1970

Tom Barnes

1970-1971

A.M. “Zeke” Zalesky

1971-1973

Gerald P. Clancy

1973-1979 | 1991-1996

Alfonso G. Peeler

1976-1977

William B. Wolfe

1980-1981

Robert E. Rudewick

1981-1985

Harold W. Flammia

1985-1988

Jimmy Wilborn

1989-1991

Carl King

1996-1998

Alex Perez

1998-1999

Ronnie Welch

2000-2002

Rene Rodriquez

2002-2004

Teddy Stewart

2004-2007

Mike Helle

2008-2021

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