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Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Close Encounters June 2022
It’s barely daylight in the Richmond when gunshots rang out on the 1600 block of Balboa. One of the rounds fired was lodged in a bed frame in an apartment next door to the adjoining unit where the shooting was believed to have been initiated. Read More

Wednesday, June 01, 2022
The High Road is a Lonely Place
Everyone is a critic, right? Especially those that would like to get a reaction out of us and pull us in the gutter with them, but we refuse to be dragged down. Our ability to do our job depends on our ability to continue to have empathy and a willingness to drown out the negativity so we can best serve this city. Even when it seems those critics aren’t serving us in good faith. Read More

Sunday, May 01, 2022
The Race Card…. Played Out!
It is amazing to see change happen. Some people embrace it and others either cannot see it or refuse to recognize it. They would rather live in the past. As if no one or nothing can improve, evolve, and become better than what was. This is true of both people and organizations. Do or say something that is taken the wrong way and you are labeled, or even cancelled. Read More

Friday, April 01, 2022
Close Encounters April 2022
It was a little after midnight when Officer Giovanni Leyva, Officer Mariano Flores, and Officer Michael Scherer were on patrol in the Bayview and noticed a car stopped in the middle of the street with 1 on board. A quick computer check revealed the vehicle was reported stolen. Read More

Friday, April 01, 2022
Hell…. they got me too!
On Wednesday, March 23, at approximately 2230 hours, I parked and locked my vehicle on the 1200 block of Franklin Street, between Post and Geary. Upon my return, approximately 30 minutes later, I saw that my left rear passenger window was shattered. Read More

Tuesday, March 01, 2022
Close Encounters March 2022
A special report was filed on CNN recently regarding personnel shortages in police recruitments throughout the country and what they found was — No one wants the job. Read More

Tuesday, March 01, 2022
We are in the Arena
“If you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, I am not interested in or open to your feedback. There are a million cheap seats in the world today filled with people who will never be brave with their own lives, but will spend every ounce of energy they have hurling advice and judgement at those of us trying to dare greatly. Read More

Tuesday, February 01, 2022
In Memoriam… February 2020
The following San Francisco Police Officers were killed or died in the line of duty in the month of February of … 1981: Lieutenant Vernon McDowell, from heart attack. 1978: Officer Robert E. Hooper, killed by gunfire from barricaded suspect. 1971: Officer Charles D. Logasa, killed in helicopter crash. Read More

Tuesday, February 01, 2022
Close Encounters February 2022
Thanks to the Chief’s Office Team we now have a collection of Captain Commendations to choose from that highlight the outstanding work the officers of San Francisco perform on a daily basis without asking for anything more than a ‘thank you.’ Read More

Tuesday, February 01, 2022
Procrastinators of the Unbuilt Ark
In preparation for the greatest flood the world had ever known, Noah built an ark. Noah didn’t start to build it after the flood waters raged, nor did he start after the heavy rains. Noah built the ark before the storm. Read More

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