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Monday, July 01, 2024
In Pursuit Of
We are hitting the summer months and as the 4th of July approaches, many of us look forward to celebrating our nation’s birthday with barbecues, music and laughter either in our backyards or at parks with family and friends. While we gather to enjoy these parties, police officers will be diligently working to ensure everyone can enjoy a peaceful and uneventful holiday. Read More

Saturday, June 01, 2024
Experience, Trust, Betrayal
In supporting a mayoral candidate, the elements of experience, trust, and betrayal carry significant weight. Read More

Wednesday, May 01, 2024
Upholding Justice: The Battle to Protect Minors from Human Trafficking in California
In the ongoing struggle to combat human trafficking, particularly the abhorrent practice of exploiting minors, California finds itself at a critical crossroads. Amidst the corridors of power in Sacramento, legislative battles are being waged over bills aimed at strengthening laws to safeguard vulnerable youth from falling prey to this insidious crime. Read More

Monday, April 01, 2024
Even Artificial Intelligence thinks Public Safety in San Francisco Needs Artificial Intelligence
As we have heard by now, Measure E passed, and with it comes the challenge of defining and implementing details of the measure in our police work. This got me thinking about using AI (artificial intelligence) in policing. Specifically, how we apply these changes in the lens of AI. Read More

Friday, March 01, 2024
Election Day & Public Safety’s Swinging Pendulum
By the time this edition of the Journal is published, it will be approximately four days until the March 5, 2024, Primary Election. There are several local measures that will impact the path forward for both our city and the San Francisco Police Department, specifically Measures B (NO) and E (YES). Read More

Thursday, February 01, 2024
Cheech & Chong, Smokey & Craig, and…Keller & Stone?
As of January 1, California’s police officers are free to partake in the off-duty use of marijuana thanks to legislation amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Imagine, law enforcement officers are now able to recreationally consume a federally recognized Schedule One controlled substance. Wow, what a concept! Read More

Monday, January 01, 2024
The Road to Making San Francisco Safer
For the first time in what seems like forever, we are making progress on San Francisco’s public safety issues. Illegal drugs are being seized by the kilo, Get-out-of-Jail Free cards for drug dealers are revoked; smash and grab crooks are being tied to bigger retail theft operations; and San Francisco residents are breaking their silence and demanding from city leaders’ safe neighborhoods. Read More

Friday, December 01, 2023
Closing the Books on 2023
What a year it has been for the Association, I was already serving as the Acting President and Co-Chair of the Negotiating Committee trying to get a contract nailed down for the membership, when my term began. With an excellent team at the table and a great Co-Chair, Vice President Kevin Worrell, we set our sights on getting the best outcome for our members out of the City. Read More

Wednesday, November 01, 2023
Accepting Responsibility for Crime Victim Trauma
“The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.” We hear this phrase on the evening news describing the medical status of a crime victim, and we collectively breathe a sigh of relief. We tell ourselves that because the person did not die, everything will be all right. Read More

Sunday, October 01, 2023
The Sleeping Giants Awaken
SF Residents Engaging in Public Safety Policies Read More

Friday, September 01, 2023
Cup of Common Sense, Anyone?
Well, it happened again, another establishment refused service to an officer in uniform. I guess wanting a cup of coffee while working your shift in uniform is just too much for people. You would think if that were the company policy that the establishment would have the guts to post it so everyone can see it. Read More

Tuesday, August 01, 2023
Nine for Nothing
Often, people that I know and many that I don’t know personally, send all kinds of information to me. Some of this communication is in the form of a funny text, meme, video, or tweet from social media. Full disclosure, I have no social media accounts, none in my name or a fake name. We have a public relations firm that handles our social media accounts for the SFPOA. Read More

Saturday, July 01, 2023
Close Encounters July 2023
It’s an early evening watch with Tenderloin Station Field Training Officer Jordan King and Officer Justin Silvan working uniformed patrol. This shift was Officer Silvan’s first day of Field Training after graduating from the San Francisco Regional Police Academy. Read More

Saturday, July 01, 2023
The Names Don’t Lie
As many people know, the end of June is the end of the City’s fiscal year. While most people are making plans to celebrate our country’s birthday, those of us at the SFPOA office are watching to see how many officers are saying their goodbyes to the Department. Read More

Thursday, June 01, 2023
Close Encounters June 2023
Seems like every time we declare another war on drugs nothing changes. Maybe we have our priorities mixed up. After all, how can we declare a war on drugs when we are helping people using them . . . . Sound bizarre? We think so. And then you have, only in our great City, “The San Francisco Drug Dealers Union. Wait, really??!! Yes, really. Not sure exactly what they do . . . Read More

Thursday, June 01, 2023
Experience Versus Opinions
“The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them knows anything about the subject.” — Marcus Aurelius Read More

Monday, May 01, 2023
Close Encounters May 2023
During the passage of the multiple stories culminated from the Close Encounters column there were many times when investigating officers sure could have used a few more hands to assist several times but were unable to do so because the “extra hands” were also tied up on other situations needing immediate resolution. That situation should not be permitted. Read More

Monday, May 01, 2023
Moving On
Last month our new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved by a 10-1 vote from the Board of Supervisors. Active and retired members had been following this contract drama as it played out in the media, the local newspapers, and videos of the board meetings that had been held to discuss the contract up to the vote on it. Read More

Saturday, April 01, 2023
Needing What You Dislike
By now, everyone has seen the videos from the Board of Supervisors’ supplemental budget hearing. In what for some was a complete about face, they implored Chief Scott to send officers to their districts and to value lives over Versace and Louis Vuitton purses, so that the people in their districts can feel safe walking down the street and not get shot, robbed, or assaulted. Read More

Wednesday, March 01, 2023
Close Encounters March 2023
Probably not a good idea to ignite a firecracker in the direction of the police car that’s stopped right next to you but that’s exactly what happened to Officer John Crocket and Officer Gustavo Lopez who were on uniform patrol, driving a marked unit and decided to investigate further. Read More