SAN ANTONIO (2/7/12)--San Antonio CU (SACU) is the first San Antonio financial institution to comply with a local program designed to reduce bank robberies, and to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement with their robbery investigations.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) launched the Bandit Shield Program in San Antonio Friday. San Antonio CU's main branch received the first decal issued in San Antonio, indicating the credit union has complied with the security and training requirements for the program. Pictured, from left, Robert Ramos, Jr., FBI; Erik Vasys, FBI; Capt. Adolph Zuniga SAPD; Dennis May, FBI; Jim Peters, SACU loss prevention officer; Shawn Scott, FBI; and Lt. C.W. Williams, SAPD. (Photo provided by San Antonio CU)
The Bandit Shield Initiative is a joint effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and San Antonio Police Department. The regional crime reduction venture was developed through the collaboration of local law enforcement and the FBI, with input from financial institutions nationwide concerning methods that have worked to deter robberies and assisted in solving crimes.
As the first to participate, SACU's main branch received the first decal issued for compliance with the program.
"SACU is doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our members and their assets," said SACU Loss Prevention Officer Jim Peters. "Putting security measures in place and preparing our employees to respond is important in this process. When would-be robbers see the orange Bandit Shield decal on our branch window, they may think twice before taking action."
Although the program is not mandatory, other San Antonio-area financial institutions are encouraged to participate.