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you supervisor mar. thank you for calling for this hearing. i think -- and i do want to congratulate public works and the bureau of urban forestry for taking on this massive new project over the last few years. i think the city will be better -- is better for it. and we'll continue to be. but i think it highlights the need to work on some of the other aspects of our canopy. and i want to thank dan flanagan almost from the minute i sat down in city hall coming to talk to me about the need to identify additional financial resources, to make sure that not only are we able to maintain trees, but we can plant new ones. and, you know, i am glad that we were able to make a modest step in that direction in this year's budget. it was modest. it felt major, given the scale of our add back budget, $1 million was a significant commitment for the board of
supervisors. clearly we need to find other places to look to plant and care for those new trees. i think -- i think there's also, you know tree advocates have raised with me concerns about around, you know, sort of how the entirety of the city looks at -- looks at our tree canopy. yes, some of it is what is happening on the sidewalks. i regret hi to step out for -- not that i wasn't looking forward to the d.p.w. presentation. i actually really wanted to hear the rec and park and p.u.c. conversation because i think going forward we really need to look at what other part of the city bureaucracy are doing to take care of our trees. i think that's an area where folks, including supervisor mar if you're interested in looking at that. i certainly am. they do fact work temperature shouldn't be that it's taken five years to, you know, to get phase two. so i think we need to try and
get phase two done. i think we need a framework within which folks from all of the departments not just d.p.w. are prioritizing trees and prioritizing the growing and care of our canopies. i think there's a lot of interest in this on the board of supervisors. and i will continue partnering with supervisor mar and others to advance our trees needs, because they're also our needs. so is it your desire to have this heard and filed? >> yeah, filed. >> okay. i will move that we file this hearing. and we can take that without objection. [gavel] thanks everyone for coming out for this. and then, mr. clerk, are there any other items before us today? >> clerk: there is no further business. >> then we are adjourned. thank you. [gavel] ♪
>> still a lot of people wonder since the trees have a lot of issues, why did we plant them in the first place? >> trees are widely planted in san francisco. with good reason. they are workhorses when it comes to urban forestry. we have begun to see our ficustrees are too big and dangerous in san francisco. we have a lot of tree failures with this species in particular. this is a perfect example of the
challenges with the structure of the ficustrees. you can see four very large stems that are all coming from the same main truck. you can see the two branches attached to one another at a really sharp angle. in between you can't it is a lot of strong wood. they are attached so sharply together. this is a much weaker union of a branch than if you had a wide angel. this is what it looks like after the fi c.u. resolution s limb ic another was another limb fails. >> we see decline. you can see the patches where there aren't any leaves at all. that is a sign the tree is in decline. the other big challenge is the root system of the tree are
aggressive and can impact nearby utilities and we can fix the sidewalk around the tree in many cases. we don't want to cuts the roots too severely because we can destabilize the tree. >> in a city like san francisco our walks are not that wide. we have had to clear the branches away from the properties. most of the the can canopy is on the street side and that is heavyweight on those branches out over the street. that can be a factor in tree limb failures. a lot of people wonder since these trees have a lot of issues. why did we plant them in the first place? they provided the city with benefits for decades. they are big and provide storage for carbon which is important to fight climate change and they provide shade and really i think
many people think they are a beautiful asset. >> when we identify trees like this for removal and people protest our decision we really understand where they are coming from. i got into this job because i love trees. it just breaks my heart to cut down trees, particularly if they are healthy and the issue is a structural flaw. i have also seen first hand what happens when we have failures. we have had a couple of injuries due to tree failures. that is something we can't live with either. it is a challenging situation. we hate to lose mature trees but public safety has to always
we are celebrating the glorious grand opening of the chinese rec center. ♪ 1951, 60 years ago our first kids began to play in the chinese wrecks center -- rec center. >> i was 10 years old at the time. i spent just about my whole life here. >> i came here to learn dancing. by we came -- >> we had a good time. made a lot of friends here. crisises part of the 2008 clean neighborhood park fund, and this is so important to our families. for many people who live in chinatown, this is their backyard. this is where many people come to congregate, and we are so happy to be able to deliver this
project on time and under budget. >> a reason we all agreed to name this memorex center is because it is part of the history of i hear -- to name this rec center is because it is part of the history of san francisco. >> they took off from logan airport and the call of duty was to alert american airlines that her plane was hijacked, and she stayed on the phone prior to the crash into the no. 9 world trade center. >> i would like to claim today the center and the naming of ait. [applause] >> kmer i actually challenged me to a little bit of a ping pong
-- the mayor actually challenge me to a little bit of a ping- pong so i accept your challenge. ♪ >> it is an amazing spot. it is a state of the art center. >> is beautiful. quarksrights i would like to come here and join them >> usf donates 100-120 pounds of food a night. for the four semesters we have been running here usf has donated about 18,000 pounds of food to the food recovery network. ♪
♪ >> i'm maggie. >> i'm nick. >> we're coe-chairs of the national led organization. what food recovery does is recover and redistribute food that would go wasted and redistributing to people in the community. >> the moment that i became really engaged in the cause of fighting food waste was when i had just taken the food from the usf cafeteria and i saw four pans full size full of food
perfectly fine to be eaten and made the day before and that would have gone into the trash that night if we didn't recover it the next day. i want to fight food waste because it hurts the economy, it's one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. if it was a nation it would be the third largest nation behind china and the united states. america wastes about 40% of the food we create every year $160 billion worth and that's made up in the higher cost of food for consumers. no matter where you view the line you should be engaged with the issue of food waste. ♪ ♪
>> access edible food that we have throughout our lunch program in our center i go ahead and collect it and i'll cool it down and every night i prep it up and the next day i'll heat it and ready for delivery. it's really natural for me i love it i'm passionate about it and it's just been great. i believe it's such a blessing to have the opportunity to actually feed people every day. no food should go wasted. there's someone who wants to eat we have food, it's definitely hand in hand and it shouldn't be looked at as work or a task, we're feeding people and it really means so much to me. i come to work and they're like nora do you want this, do you
want that? and it's so great and everyone is truly involved. every day, every night after every period of food breakfast lunch dinner i mean people just throw it away. they don't even think twice about it and i think as a whole as a community, as any community, if people just put a little effort, we could really help each other out. that's how it should be. that's what food is about basically. >> an organization that meets is the san francisco knight ministry we work with tuesday and thursday's. ♪ ♪ by the power ♪
♪ of your name ♪ >> i have faith to move mountains because i believe in jesus. >> i believe it's helpful to offer food to people because as you know there's so much homelessness in san francisco and california and the united states. i really believe that food is important as well as our faith. >> the san francisco knight ministry has been around for 54 years. the core of the ministry a group of ordain ministers, we go out in the middle of the night every single night of the year so for 54 years we have never missed a night. i know it's difficult to believe
maybe in the united states but a lot of our people will say this is the first meal they've had in two days. i really believe it is a time between life or death because i mean we could be here and have church but, you know i don't know how much we could feed or how many we could feed and this way over 100 people get fed every single thursday out here. it's not solely the food i tell you, believe me. they're extremely grateful. >> it's super awesome how welcoming they are. after one or two times they're like i recognize you. how are you doing, how is school? i have never been in the city it's overwhelming. you get to know people and through the music and the food,
you get to know people. >> we never know what impact we're going to have on folks. if you just practice love and kindness, it's a labor of love and that's what the food recovery network is and this is a huge -- i believe they salvage our mission. >> to me the most important part is it's about food waste and feeding people. the food recovery network national slogan is finding ways to feed people. it's property to bring the scientific and human element into the situation.
my name is doctor ellen moffett, i am an assistant medical examiner for the city and county of san francisco. i perform autopsy review medical records and write reports. also integrate other sorts of testing data to determine cause and manner of death. i have been here at this facility since i moved here in
november and previous to that at the old facility. i was worried when we moved here that because this building is so much larger that i wouldn't see people every day. i would miss my personal interactions with the other employees, but that hasn't been the case. this building is very nice. we have lovely autopsy tables and i do get to go upstairs and down stairs several times a day to see everyone else i work with. we have a bond like any other group of employees that work for a specific agency in san francisco. we work closely on each case to determine the best cause of death, and we also interact with family members of the diseased. that brings us closer together also. >> i am an investigator two at the office of the chief until examiner in san francisco. as an investigator here i investigate all manners of death
that come through our jurisdiction. i go to the field interview police officers, detectives, family members, physicians, anyone who might be involved with the death. additionally i take any property with the deceased individual and take care and custody of that. i maintain the chain and custody for court purposes if that becomes an issue later and notify next of kin and make any additional follow up phone callsness with that particular death. i am dealing with people at the worst possible time in their lives delivering the worst news they could get. i work with the family to help them through the grieving process. >> i am ricky moore a clerk at the san francisco medical examiner's office. i assist the pathology and toxicology and investigative team around work close with the families loved ones and funeral
establishment. >> i started at the old facility. the building was old, vintage. we had issues with plumbing and things like that. i had a tiny desk. i feet very happy to be here in the new digs where i actually have room to do my work. >> i am sue pairing the toxicologist supervisor. we test for alcohol, drugs and poisons and biological substances. i oversee all of the lab operations. the forensic operation here we perform the toxicology testing for the human performance and the case in the city of san francisco. we collect evidence at the scene. a woman was killed after a robbery homicide, and the dna collected from the zip ties she
was bound with ended up being a cold hit to the suspect. that was the only investigative link collecting the scene to the suspect. it is nice to get the feedback. we do a lot of work and you don't hear the result. once in a while you heard it had an impact on somebody. you can bring justice to what happened. we are able to take what we due to the next level. many of our counterparts in other states, cities or countries don't have the resources and don't have the beautiful building and the equipmentness to really advance what we are doing. >> sometimes we go to court. whoever is on call may be called out of the office to go to various portions of the city to investigate suspicious deaths. we do whatever we can to get our job done. >> when we think that a case has
a natural cause of death and it turns out to be another natural cause of death. unexpected findings are fun. >> i have a prior background in law enforcement. i was a police officer for 8 years. i handled homicides and suicides. i had been around death investigation type scenes. as a police officer we only handled minimal components then it was turned over to the coroner or the detective division. i am intrigued with those types of calls. i wondered why someone died. i have an extremely supportive family. older children say mom how was your day. i can give minor details and i have an amazing spouse always willing to listen to any and all details of my day. without that it would be really
hard to deal with the negative components of this job. >> being i am a native of san francisco and grew up in the community. i come across that a lot where i may know a loved one coming from the back way or a loved one seeking answers for their deceased. there are a lot of cases where i may feel affected by it. if from is a child involved or things like that. i try to not bring it home and not let it affect me. when i tell people i work at the medical examiners office. whatwhat do you do? the autopsy? i deal with the ad with the enough and -- with the administrative and the families. >> most of the time work here is very enjoyable. >> after i started working with dead people, i had just gotten
married and one night i woke up in a cold sweat. i thought there was somebody dead? my bed. i rolled over and poked the body. sure enough, it was my husband who grumbled and went back to sleep. this job does have lingering effects. in terms of why did you want to go into this? i loved science growing up but i didn't want to be a doctor and didn't want to be a pharmacist. the more i learned about forensics how interested i was of the perfect combination between applied science and criminal justice. if you are interested in finding out the facts and truth seeking to find out what happened, anybody interested in that has a place in this field. >> being a woman we just need to go for it and don't let anyone
fail you, you can't be. >> with regard to this position in comparison to crime dramas out there i would say there might be some minor correlations. let's face it, we aren't hollywood, we are real world. yes we collect evidence. we want to preserve that. we are not scanning fingerprints in the field like a hollywood television show. >> families say thank you for what you do, for me that is extremely fulfilling. somebody has to do my job. if i can make a situation that is really negative for someone more positive, then i feel like i am doing the right thing for the city of san francisco.
>> i would like to take roll. [roll call] commissioner brookter is excused. you have a quorum. also present are chief william swot and director paul henderson from the department of police accountability. >> thank you. good evening, everybody. this is the november 13, 2019 meeting of the san francisco police commission. we don't have an extensive agenda tonight. so we'll allow three minutes for public comment. and we are ready for the first item. >> line item 1 consent calendar receive
and file action. sfpd/dpa document protocol, quarter 13. request the chief of police to accept a donation from the police association for use of the sfpd wilderness program accept a gift of $5,000 from the children of deceased officer blackwell for use of the gym equipment for the northern station. >> thank you. can i have a motion on those two items together? is there a second? >> to watch a presentation regarding sergeant blackwell gift. >> all right. let's see if there's a second yet. >> i do. >> okay. now we are ready for the presentation and we'll take public comment. >> okay. thank you. >> should be on.
>> thank you commissioners chief scott. i'm the commander officer the captain of the northern policization station. i want to thank you for -- police station. i want to thank you for allowing us to make this request. blackwell was a sergeant at northern police station. he was taken from us far too son but he was well-respected among men and women of northern police station. we were contacted by his daughter kelly blackwell garcia. she conveyed to us it was important to her and her siblings that they remember their daughter with a gift of gym equipment to northern station and i humbly thank you for considering the request. >> thank you for the presentation. any comments from commissioners? okay. any public comment on items 1 and 2?
please step up. >> hi. before i start, don't start the clock. i want to make sure the -- i'm blanking on the word, the overhead projector is on. >> all right. and you are going to address just the two items. >> yes, one of the items. and this is working? okay. my name is michael. i am here to urge you to vote no on the $6,000 donation that the police officers association wants to donate to the police department. we recently went through a very polarizing race for the district attorney. and unfortunately the police officers association which i believe in many instances acts as a gang, yes the poa acts as a gang. and they spent over $600,000 on a
lot of propaganda regarding the district attorney's race. and i would like to go to the overhead. let me -- well. which way? there we go. this is part of the propaganda that they sent out. using mug shots of individuals who they say are criminals and then on the back, they say that one of the candidates was the number one choice of criminals and gang members. this kind of propaganda you can come back to me on the camera. this kind of propaganda is not only offensive but it harms effective policing in this city.
this is not okay that the gang that runs the police officers association raised $600,000 for this kind of devicive propaganda to get their message out. so now they are offering you $6,000? $6,000? it's crumbs. i don't think this commission should in any way be accepting donations from the police officers association until there is accountability of their just awful, terrible role in the recent election and how they spent $600,000 on offensive polarizing propaganda that i have to repeat harms effective policing in san francisco. if you vote yes on the $6,000 of crumbs
for the wilderness program that the police department runs in my view, you are endorsing what the police officers association has done in this recent election. please reject the $6,000 donation they are offering you. thank you. >> any other public comment on these items? all right. seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner dejesus. >> i'm just wondering can we discuss this? can we take 1, 2 and 3 separately? or just discuss it? >> well right now it's just there are two requests. i had them bunched but you want to vote on them separately? >> i would prefer to do that. what do you think? >> well, this is not a committee, actually >> no, just to have discussion among ourselves. >> we can discuss it. all right. we'll separate the vote out. the first item we are voting on is
the $6,000 wilderness program which we just heard comment on. but public comment is closed. what is it that you want to say? all right. yes commissioner hamasaki. >> i mean i guess i appreciate the speaker's words. and i guess my only thought is -- or my thought is if there's money that's being used by the poa, and i do agree with the speaker that some of the political tactics and so forth were reprehensible and beneath the dignity of the department, but then again, this is not the police department's actions and this only represents the p. o. a.^ but in my view this is $6,000 that won't be spent on any future reprehensible
conduct. so i'm a bit conflicted. i do understand what the speaker is saying. but at the end of the day i think it's been widely reported that were it not for all of this reprehensible conduct our new district attorney probably wouldn't be in office. so i think that maybe it ended up working out well for him. and he's the candidate you support. so i don't know. i'm a little conflicted. it seems like the money going to the wilderness program is a good thing. money generally going to the wilderness program is a good thing and it's $6,000 that they can't get themselves in trouble with. >> i would like to ask you to have a seat please. commissioner -- vice president taylor. yes please have a seat.
>> i wanted to ask the chief to tell us the commission about the wilderness program. >> thank you commissioner, for that. the wilderness program has been around for many, many years. and i don't have an act date, but for many years. and really, two things, two objectives. number one it allows us an opportunity to really engage with youth from san francisco at a whole different level than we would ever get to do in our regular duties. the young folks are taken you know camping and explore nature explore the wild if you will. there's volunteer organizations that are behind it that helped over the years to keep this program going. and it's a very worthwhile event both for the development of people that normally would not get that opportunity to do those type of adventures and second thing in terms of building
community and trust with our officers. so it's a very worthwhile effort, the wilderness program. and like i said it's one of the staples that's been around for a very long time. >> thank you for that, chief. i would note i'm sure, and i don't want to speak for my fellow commissioners, but there have been a number of things that the poa has done that i'm sure that one or all of us have disagreed with. and you know, the speaker referenced the most recent ad that it's funny and notable that at one point the poa sued one of the other candidates in the race. so you don't have to agree with what the poa is doing in all instances. but the point of this donation the point of this program, is to help children, to help disadvantaged youth in the city who would not have opportunities would not have these opportunities otherwise. so that's why i wanted to hear from
the chief about the program to see what the program was for and to make sure it's something that we can all get behind and support. and at least for me i can speak for myself, it's certainly a worthy cause. >> yes. the police wilderness program has been around for a while. officer scott, who was the son of a former police chief who was a former football player, cal berkeley graduate, started that program. he never promoted in his career so he could remain in that program something he took seriously, taking kids from the western addition, bayview chinatown, taking them camping. and that was something he was very dedicated to. and to us it's an opportunity for officers to have relationships with these young men and women that foster trust between them and the community. and this police commission, and we do work and generally agree
with pretty much everything at the end of the day but we have a dialogue. and what we are seeing is deviciveness, san francisco is known for its one-way streets but the poa has first member rights to say what they want to say. people vote the way they want to vote. so being emotional or divisive doesn't work in this situation, especially for children going camping so i suggest we work for it. >> i also want to thank you the community forment cooing and speaking about -- for coming and speaking about the situation and the ads. i am happy and will be asking the chief to accept this donation because i think the money is going to the members, which is what the money should be used for helping its members do their job in a better way and improve their sort of quality of life while they're on the job. and i think that bicepping this donation,
they are -- by accepting this donation, they are going to be able to repair the relationship with the community which is something that has been broken, and the community really wants to relationship back, and i think police officers do too. and i think this is a good step in that direction and i'm happy to see that this money is going toward something positive rather than negative. thank you. >> after hearing from the commissioners and the chief i do agree. i think that this is going to a worthy program that we have heard about before. and i think that, again, i think we all support because this does give young people who don't have this opportunity the opportunity. and just to be clear we don't regulate the union. the union does their own thing. we have oversight over the members.
and i don't think a lot of people were happy with the conduct, but i don't think that should deprive the young people and the members who are working with the young people the opportunity to do the good work that's being done through the wilderness program. i do appreciate the comments. >> okay. let's put it to a vote then. all in favor of the donation to wilderness program $6,000 please signify by saying aye. >> aye. >> any opposed? it passes unanimously. we would like to have a vote on the second one. and this is the $5,000 donation to the northern police station in memory of sergeant thomas blackwell. >> so moved >> all right. any second? >> second >> all right. all in favor? >> aye >> any opposed? that carries unanimously. thank you. next item please. thank you. >> thank you captain. >> line item 2 reports to the commission,
discussion. chief's report. weekly crime trends provide an overview of offenses occurring in san francisco. significant incidents. chief's report will be limited to a brief description of the significant incidents. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the incidents for a future meeting. provide a summary of planned activities and events occurring since the previous meeting. this will include a brief overview of any events in san francisco having an impact on public safety. the discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar for a future meeting. community and youth engagement update provide an overview of recent community and youth engagement activities and presentation of the third quarter 2019 audit of electronic communication devices. >> thank you. good evening, chief. >> good evening president hirsch, vice president taylor, commission and executive director henderson. i'm going to start off tonight's report
with our crime trends. overall crime is down 6 percent. property crime is down 6 percent year to date. burglaries down 17 percent. our auto burglaries down 4 percent company compared to last year and down 50 percent when compared to this time 2017. violent crime is down 7 percent overall led by homicides which are down 18 percent. we have 33 year to date and we had 40 this time last year. so we are really working hard to try to finish the year strong on keeping the homicides low. it's a really good year. we haven't had a year like this in a long time. so we hope we can keep that going until the end of the year and beyond. we had no homicides last week to report. happy with that news. as i reported last week, there were four homicides in october and
three in september. 22 of the 33 were cleared. 21 cleared by arrest and one cleared by exceptional clearance. as to overall gun violence, we have had 115 total victims of gun violence. and that is a result of 95 shooting incidents. some have multiple victims. this represents an 11 percent decrease from 2018. and of the 115 victims, 20 of the gun violence victims resulted in fatalities or homicides. again our five-year trend is very, very pleasing and positive overall. our homicides as i said, we are as low as we've been this point in the year for the last five years. our shooting victims, we are as low as we've been for the last five years and our homicides with
firearms, we are as low as we've been in the last five years. so really good trends. we'll continue to work hard to keep that going throughout the end of the year and beyond. significant incidents for the week. we had four shootings that resulted in six injuries to victims this past week. one occurred at third in the bayview district, which left two victims injured with gunshots. the second incident occurred at geary and stockton in central which left one victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. and another victim received minor injuries as he attempted to intervene in a robbery attempt near the stone mall. taylor and market we had a victim shot several times following a verbal altercation. all of these cases are still in the process of being investigated. no suspects have been arrested at this point. another crime of note, another incident of note, not a crime, at
least it hasn't been determined a crime at this point unfortunately we had a deceased infant found at lincoln park golf course in the richmond district on november 9. the officers were called to the scene by golfers who found the deceased infant in the park. our medics arrived and pronounced the infant dead. and early indications indicate the baby was stillborn and probably abandoned. it's still under investigation and there's still investigation by the medical examiners office. our homicide unit is actually conducting this investigation. so we will report if it turns out to be anything other than a natural. we have not located the mother of this infant yet. the public has any information, please call us on that. another incident to report is an aggravated assault which
resulted in a stabbing on the 100 block of eddy on the tenderloin on november 11. our victim who was wheelchair bound was attacked by an unknown suspect who pushed the victim out of the chair and stabbed him multiple times in the back. victim was transported and treated for life threatening injuries but is still surviving or has survived the injuries. two possible suspects have been identified from surveillance cameras in the area but this one is still under investigation. so we will keep the public informed on any arrest that might come from evidence in that case. yesterday participanted in a press event in chinatown -- participated in a press event. and it was regarding recent incidents that had gotten quite a bit of coverage in chinatown. robberies assaults and the like. and i want to give a quick and very brief summary of some of the results. several of these incidents have gotten
a lot of media attention and public attention and rightfully so. they are vicious attacks and heinous incidents. but here are some of the results. i'll be very brief on just a list of some of the ones that we have actually had success in identifying and arresting the perpetrators. we had a robbery in july of this year at pacific and stockton street that received a lot of media attention. there was a videotape robbery and beating of our victims that resulted in a victim being knocked unconscious as he was struck in the face by the suspect. we've made an arrest on that case actually on october 22nd, 2019. and those charges were filed by the district attorney's office. second incident, july 9, 2019, aggravated assault on stockton. suspect pulled out a multifaceted tool and attempted to stab the
victim on the head. we were able to follow up on leads with help from the public. the officers identified the suspect and that suspect was taken into custody. we had a robbery in august on the 600 block of pacific street. we had a suspect who was robbed of his wallet by suspect. the suspect fled into the housing unit. the officers because of their relationships with members of that community were able to get follow-up information and identify the suspect. and that suspect was arrested on november 5 of this year just last week. september 2019 we had an aggravated assault on broad way and columbus. our victim was walking in the area of montgomery when she was attacked randomly and without provocation. approximately 15 minutes later another victim was randomly punched in the face.
our officers were able to recover video from that incident and actually midnight watch officers from central actually identified the suspect and took him into custody that night. november 2019 we had an assault on 1100 block of stockton street where a juvenile attempted to hit a victim with a baseball bat. we were able to actually because of a quick response take that juvenile into custody as well. and that arrest was made. november 2019 we had a theft actually a robbery, cell phone was snatched from a victim's hand. then a little while later another cell phone was robbed from another victim. multiple officers from central responded quick response resulted in arrests of two suspects that same night. november 2019, another cell phone robbery occurred as a woman was waiting for her uber. our central officers responded, actually
identified a possible suspect and detained the suspect and arrested that suspect the same night after positive identification. november 2019, this was just last week actually, the00 block of full street and 200 block of geary we had two cell phone robberies. and again our officers did a fantastic job in following up on the information arrested two juvenile suspects who were both arrested and booked at the juvenile justice center on that case. so i want to report that, because the public has been very much interested and rightfully in so in these cases. many are high-profile cases. they have gotten a lot of social media coverage or news coverage. and although our first and foremost objective is to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place through our deployment which i will discuss in a minute when they do happen, we do everything we can to bring the people to justice.
so good information for the public to know the results of these cases. and hopefully of the ones we have not been able to solve we will continue to work and solve those as well. in terms of our strategies for these crimes we increased our patrols after one of the october robberies. increased foot patrols, expanded foot patrol hours. we also have four housing officers that are working the patrols. and that's from morning to evening. that visibility we believe has allowed for some prevention and quick responses have resulted in positive results in terms of arrests. our bilingual officers are available wednesdays and fridays. we ask the public to engage, talk to the officers. if you are a victim of the crime, we need to you to report it.
on them from our proposed or drafted know your rights brochure. we received a lot of good feedback from the youth that attended it and we plan to also engage with other groups, including some at the schools and in the city, and the youth commission to get feedback before we make any adjustments. there are a couple of learning points in this bill. very good feedback to begin with but sometimes as the adults in the room, we tend to over complicate things and some of the combatant -- comments from some of the students or kids that we talked to is to make it simple. we are actually looking to make this brochure a little bit simpler, a little bit more user-friendly. we all get it, but the audience we really want to understand the brochure and know their rights of the youth we are engaging with. we will make this judgement after all the feedback is done. i'm sure the commissioners will
be apprised of all the adjustments. the work will continue on that. i wanted to let the commission know that engagement has been very helpful and we intend to continue that with the other youth groups i mentioned. that will conclude this portion of the report. >> thank you chief. a couple of questions on the street climbs that -- crimes that you described around the central station did those all involve the chinese community? >> not all, majority of them, but not all of them. >> and the question i had unrelated to directly what you have said, we had any officer involved shootings in the last couple of months? >> we have had -- no, we did. >> we had the two off-duty incidents, but since june of 2018 we have not had an on-duty officer involved shooting. >> that is correct. we have not had one in 17 months now. >> thank you. >> thank you.
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