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Saturday, January 01, 2022
Close Encounters January 2022
Tough way to close out 2021 in The City when the following stories were reported during the final month: “A Good Samaritan was attacked by a person on Howard Street in broad daylight who was wielding a knife and obviously mentally distressed.” Read More

Saturday, January 01, 2022
As the Pendulum Swings
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a pendulum as “a body suspended from a fixed point so as to swing freely to and fro under the action of gravity and commonly used to regulate movements (as of clockwork).” The pendulum, driven by gravity, is so completely in sync with the Earth’s movements that the pendulum clock, invited in the mid 1600s, was the world’s standard for Read More

Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Biden signs bipartisan bills providing additional resources for police
It appears that the Defund the Police tide maybe turning.  Across the nation, exponential rises in violent crime, and acute shortages of law enforcement professionals has caught the attention of the voters and therefore those of our reasonable and responsible elected leaders.  With that in mind, I am happy to relinquish my Page One spot to this article about Pres Read More

Monday, November 01, 2021
Close Encounters November 2021
There are times when this column just writes itself. Take, for instance, the memo prepared by Sergeant Jarrod Yee complimenting those members of the Department who have no problem taking that extra step to ensure the safety of the public. Read More

Monday, November 01, 2021
Remember the Living
Veterans Day. It’s the holiday that so many people seem to forget. They forget when it is. “Didn’t we celebrate that in the summer?” It’s the same day, every year. They forget what it’s for. No, it’s not to remember the fallen who gave their lives in battle. It’s even a holiday that is respected in some labor contracts and not in others. Read More

Friday, October 01, 2021
Close Encounters October 2021
Two months ago, we reported that over 45 officers had submitted their retirement papers and were in the process of leaving. We recently heard that there may be another group of officers also getting ready to leave in early 2022 – just 3 months from now. Read More

Friday, October 01, 2021
Unfit for Service
He’s a bully. He’s biased. And he’s out of control. It’s time for him to go. San Francisco Police Commissioner John Hamasaki should be removed from his seat. Read More

Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Read the POA's tribute to 9/11
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Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Close Encounters September 2021
This one had all the elements of a great crime mystery but a tragic ending that played out in 2 cities by the bay, Oakland and San Francisco. Read More

Wednesday, September 01, 2021
Take Your Hand Off the Stove
There’s a metaphor in the mental health community that likens the act of re-exposing yourself to trauma to putting your hand on a hot stove and leaving it there. How do you stop the pain and begin to heal? You take your hand off the stove. Read More

Sunday, August 01, 2021
Close Encounters August 2021
We can understand how our Police Commissioners may not be entirely familiar with all of the Department Personnel Orders all of the time but we are strongly urging these appointed officials to check the most recent ones that have been issued. For example, Personnel Order No. 15 issued on 7/07/21. Why? Read More

Sunday, August 01, 2021
Fear of the Truth
By now, it seems that everyone in America has seen the video of one of San Francisco’s serial shoplifters stuffing a giant bag full of beauty products as he scoots a bicycle down the aisle and nonchalantly out of the door of a Walgreens. Read More

Thursday, July 01, 2021
Close Encounters July 2021
The muni driver was stopped at the end of his route at Bayshore Boulevard and Visitation Avenue when an individual approached and brandished a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it directly at the driver while speaking incoherently. Read More

Thursday, July 01, 2021
San Francisco Reopens, Criminals Rejoice
We hope the reopening of our city leads to the resurgence of our local businesses, the return of tourists, and the beginning of normalcy since the COVID-19 pandemic turned our world upside down last year. The one thing we know for sure is that San Francisco criminals wasted zero time getting back to work, ripping off residents, workers, and tourists alike. Read More

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
The Truth About Police Reform
There’s a large misconception about police reform in the minds of members of the media, the public and our lawmakers. The assumption is that police officers, police departments and police unions are opposed to improving who we police our country. That’s one hundred percent wrong. Read More

Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Close Encounters June 2021
The woman appeared to be unconscious, passed out on a bench near the 900 block of Market Street while a suspect was sexually assaulting her. Read More

Saturday, May 01, 2021
Close Encounters May 2021
This one speaks for itself . . . “I am writing to commend Officer Mohammed Azam for his swift actions and life-saving efforts.” Read More

Saturday, May 01, 2021
SFPOA, Local Restaurant Chain & Business Group Create AAPI Hate Crime Reward Fund
Outrage. Pure outrage. That is what many of us felt when we watched the video of a 67-year- old man being beaten and robbed while trying to do his laundry. The outrage did not come solely from watching three cowards jump a senior citizen. It also came from knowing that this attack was not unique. That an attack like this would almost certainly happen again. Read More

Thursday, April 01, 2021
Is the Honeymoon Over?
DA Boudin loves criminals more than their victims – and in many cases, their future victims Read More

Monday, March 01, 2021
Close Encounters February 2021
Hard to believe that at the time of this writing the officers of the SFPD have not been fully vaccinated . . . Something’s wrong there. Everyone else is sheltering in place while the officers of the SFPD remain exposed to the deadly virus. What kind of message is City Hall sending to those police officers who put their lives on the line every day? Read More