SAPD Bomb Squad Heading to Austin

The San Antonio Police Department today dispatched two members of the department's highly trained bomb squad, plus an experienced bomb detective dog, to Austin to help with the bombing investigation there, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Police Chief Bill McManus says the San Antonio officers will help Austin police deal with the crush of people calling 9-1-1 due to finding suspicious packages.

"They don't want, we don't want, too much time to elapse between the time a call comes in and the time an investigation into a suspicious package occurs," McManus said.

He says the San Antonio Police Department bomb squad units will remain in Austin for as long as possibly, helping humand and canine officers deal with the crush of suspicious items.

"Bomb dogs get worn out when they are worked past a certain length," he said.

McManus says there will still be four highly qualified bomb detection officers in the city for potential calls about suspicious packages here.  He says criminals don't follow city limit lines, and he wants people in San Antonio to also be aware of any suspicious items and call 9-1-1 to have them checked out.

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