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Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Don’t Believe the Hype
By Tracy McCray, POA Vice President Read More

Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Close Encounters December 2020
It’s amazing how many great things the members of the SFPD accomplish each and every day. For instance: The woman caller to the SF Airport Police Administrative Office was in tears recalling her experience while visiting The City several months ago. But these were actually tears of endearment. Read More

Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Closing the Books on 2020
Never, before have, so many wanted to close out a year like our country wants to close out 2020. From COVID to wildfires to a budget crisis to an all-out national assault on our profession, the end of 2020 cannot come quick enough. Read More

Sunday, November 01, 2020
In Law Enforcement and the Military, Service is a Common Virtue
Service. Duty. Selflessness. As we approach Veteran’s Day, these words come to mind to describe the attributes of those who faithfully protect our nation’s freedom. They are also attributes that seemed to be devalued in our culture now as we place individualism and expression above the sacrifices needed to protect and promote our communities as a collective. Read More

Sunday, November 01, 2020
Close Encounters November 2020
The robbery with a gun took place in the Bayview District and, unknown to the perpetrators, the entire episode, including a clear read of the suspect vehicle’s license plate, was captured on a surveillance system located nearby. The footage was discovered by Officer Tay Liong and Officer Curran Gong after an extensive search of the nearby properties. Read More

Thursday, October 01, 2020
Defeat of SB 731 a Big Win for California Law Enforcement
SB 731 (police officer certification) was a horrible bill. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. It was deeply flawed, written in private and the bill’s author, State Senator Steven Bradford, attempted to ram it through the Legislature at the last minute without taking a single suggestion from either the Governor or any law enforcement professionals. Read More

Thursday, October 01, 2020
Close Encounters October 2020
Mentally challenged individuals who live in San Francisco have a hard enough time without being played as pawns by the SF Police Commission. Members of the Commission are trying to figure out how they can arbitrarily dump 20,000 extra calls for service made by people in crisis every year to some other agency other than the SFPD. Read More

Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Close Encounters September 2020
Rumor has it there may be a break-through in moving the Medal of Valor presentations up to this September. And why not. There’s absolutely no reason the candidates recommended for their bravery in the line of duty should have to wait years to be recognized. And the longer the Department delays, the longer the list will grow – for example: Read More

Thursday, October 01, 2020
It’s Always a Good Time to Go to the Dump
The pandemic has made a mockery of any sense of what a “normal” routine is. During this time people are trying to find all sorts of ways to handle stress. Some meditate, some workout, some play music, others cook. I find going to the dump to be a great way to relieve stress and to handle the negativity that has been thrown towards our chosen profession. Read More

Saturday, August 01, 2020
The Jace Young Tragedy
Just when we thought we could begin again, the proverbial rug got pulled out from under our feet. The Corona pandemic reared its ugly head and stopped us in our tracks. Just when I was looking forward to getting my hair done, it was a no! Oh, and how about that nice sit-down dinner inside my favorite restaurant? Another no! Read More

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
What’s Going On . . .
First, let’s make it clear, I am a black woman or African American, whichever phrase you want to use to identify me with, but I know who I am. Read More

Saturday, August 01, 2020
Close Encounters August 2020
Police officers assigned to the Tenderloin Task Force (TTF) know there is no such thing as a routine day in their district. Take, for instance, the incident Officer Leonard Poggio experienced while patrolling TTF territory at 7:30 a.m. when a pick-up truck went racing by him on Turk Street going about 50 mph with a woman in the bed of the truck screaming for help. Read More

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
We Need to be Part of the Conversation
If there is one thing that history has taught us, it is that change is inevitable. What is not inevitable is what change looks like. This has never been truer than right now in our country regarding policing. As a union, we face a choice. Read More

Monday, June 01, 2020
Close Encounters June 2020
There are a number of SFPD officers who have been nominated for medals of valor and have been waiting patiently for the process to take its course. It all begins with a recommendation from their Commanding Officer submitted by memorandum through channels to the SF Police Commission. Read More

Monday, June 01, 2020
Beware of Politicians Bearing Ballot Measures
There’s the old saying, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Someone should have told our Board of Supervisors. For San Francisco politicians, it’s more like have they want their cake, and then they want to eat the whole damn bakery. Apparently, many of our Supervisors wanted to be police chiefs when they grew up, and that spells trouble for our city. Read More

Monday, June 01, 2020
June 2020 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Friday, May 01, 2020
Coronavirus Villains: Thieves, Fraudsters & Reformers?
“Beware.” This is the caution we issue nearly every day to San Franciscans to warn them to be alert for those who seek to exploit the current crisis to rob, cheat, and profit. Well, it’s not just street criminals and two-bit hustlers who seek to get over during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Friday, May 01, 2020
Close Encounters May 2020
Obviously there’s a lot happening in The City that would take priority over this column only, when you think about it, there’s really nothing more important than the number of times members of the SFPD put their lives on the line for the benefit of the citizens they serve. Read More

Friday, May 01, 2020
May 2020 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Alone Together
Whether it’s how we do our job or take care of our own families, it’s hard to think about anything but the COVID-19 virus. Quite literally, life as we know it changed, at least for the time being. Read More