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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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>> 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,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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to the officers. if you are a victim of the crime, we need to you to report it. very important you report the crime. many of these cases have been solved because people come forward with cell phone videos. and that information is very important. so we are in the community. please report so we can take action if anyone is victimized. [stand by]
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>> we met with students from alive and free, that is the dr. marshall operation and basically we received feedback
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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
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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.
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>> thank you. >> thank you. chief, following up on the issues that have -- it seems like they plagued chinatown recently, and i saw those videos of one of the incidents which was i actually couldn't watch it. i started to watch it and i said i don't need to seem -- see an elderly person get assaulted. is there an increase or is it that we are seeing more coverage to the media? some of the incidents that have happened are absolutely horrific how are things trending in the central just take -- district, and mainly in the chinatown area >> overall, crime has been on the decrease in chinatown. that includes all categories except for aggravated assault, which is -- when i last checked,
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was 21 crimes year-to-date. pretty much everything else has been reduced in chinatown. the central district includes chinatown. it doesn't take away from the crimes that you are describing. they are really awful crimes. the trend is downward except for the aggravated assault. >> and then this may again be based on some of the media reporting and some of the things that i have seen and there has been -- it seems like targeting of elderly individuals for street robberies or aggravated assaults, and again not that any other robbery is any less or any use of force, but when you are targeting older people, people with health issues, people that are unable to defend themselves not they should have
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to defend yourself, mind you is that also -- are we seeing trends in that regard? because i just, you know, it is beyond me what would go -- i don't know. seeing the nature of the crimes and the nature of the victims old people and children, to me it is like it is appalling. >> yes, sir. commissioners several of the ones that have gotten played on the news or social media have involved elderly victims. overall in the district, and in chinatown, it is not an overwhelming trend. however, it varies. through the investigation or there any other information that we have that are committing
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these crimes, we have not gotten any indication with their intend to target the elderly. these are crimes of opportunity. people can be taken advantage of for opportunistic and predatory reasons. however,, very discouraging nonetheless. these resulted in injuries to bystanders who came to help the person who was getting robbed or assaulted. so again with the public, public engagement is a really good thing. we just ask that the people, you know, use good judgement. be careful when you engage and call the police. first and foremost, call us, 911 that is the first and foremost. like i said, some of the victims that have been injured were
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rendering aid to people that were being robbed or attacked. >> finally, is there anything else that the department is lacking in regards to dealing with these incidents? or the targeting that is going on in the district? i know more bodies, and i understand that. >> we have gotten support from the community. we have gotten support through the budget with additional funds we have used some of that funding throughout the time to find employment. it is a good thing to have because it really helps -- like i said, we can always want more and can use more. we have gotten good support. >> thank you chief. >> vice president taylor? >> hi, chief. i have questions about vision zero efforts. you mentioned 26 traffic
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fatalities this year which is incredibly concerning. what were the numbers this time last year? >> last year, in total, we had 22, i believe. this time last year was below 26 >> so we already exceeded the numbers for the entire year last year. >> yes. >> i think last time the department was here presenting on vision zero efforts in one of the questions i had was what are you going to do differently? i really would like an answer to that question because obviously this is a big deal. so that is my second point. you might not have that today but i do want to hear what the department will do differently because our current efforts seem to be, i don't want to say failing, but they are succeeding >> i do have part of the answer. >> there is still more work to be done. this time of year last year, we had 19 for 2018 and 2017
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year-to-date. we had 17. in 2016 we had 26. we are tied with that year. a couple of the things that we have done differently the first thing, and this goes back to what commissioner how masaki asked about, we had gone down as low as it had been in years. so since this time last year, we have added officers to address the company motorcycle officers , whose primary responsibility is traffic enforcement. we have increased. we have had two motorcycle officers which will be back over 50 now. we are down to the low forties. although 10 or so officers might not sound like a lot, it is huge in terms of the ability to enforce. a couple of different strategies
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and tactics that we employ now that we didn't have a few months ago, through the deputy chief and special operations bureau, and the commander we actually had a vision zero unit. that has been increased to nine officers now. their sole responsibility is vision zero enforcement. high traffic, high injury traffic corridors to focus on the five violations. those types of things. they have been very productive since they have been increased on vision zero crimes and vision zero traffic violation, and it has been an enhancement, and part of the reason that our productivity in terms of enforcement is up by two% where it was assigned last year. a couple of other things that are happening this is a work in progress but part of traffic
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mitigation and trying to reduce delays is education. there are partnerships with organizations. these make a difference. we have, not only vision zero issues with our vehicular traffic, but we also have issues with our pedestrian traffic. people walking in front of cars, jaywalking those types of things. the education enforcement is focused tremendously on that area. we have had one traffic cyclist fatality. those things, we hope will pay dividends. the bottom line is there is a significant role from forces. people tend to drive better when we enforce. that is what we aim to do. >> my third question is we have
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26 fatalities this year. what are the causes? are these people under the influence? are they texting while driving? do you have -- has there been any analysis of what the factors are for these collisions? >> there has been a little bit of all of that. there has been a few under the influence, there has been several where pedestrians were jaywalking or committing a violation itself. we have had kind of a variety. there is no one overwhelming trend except for the majority of our fatalities our pedestrian by and large the majority our pedestrian. that is the biggest trend. the drivers who hit those pedestrians they were driving under the influence. we have had personnel who were said to be blinded by the sun. we have had people who started
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out from in between cars people who did not have a chance to stop speed there has been a little bit of all of that. >> it would be good to know, if possible if it is true that maybe we see an increase in d.u.i.s or we see an increase in speeding, whatever the issue is we could identify the root causes for the majority of those and tackle the root cause that may be one way to address this. >> thank you. with weatherford -- with reference to these disturbing types of crimes, we are seeing the chinatown area. the former prosecutor in me sort of comes out. it does appear that members of the asian community are being targeted more often than other communities for robberies. and it also appears that a lot of robberies that you spoke about in the area what i see
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having an office down that way has to do with being close to a station. these are the things you sort of look at. is a former prosecutor way back when we had a cooperating witness. this goes to working with the community. we had a cooperating witness who told us how they didn't divide targets for home invasions by identifying the homes, and we were told straight up that we knew that in those types of homes, culturally there is cash there is generally a gun and there is a 50% chance they will even call the police. i was in there for that debriefing. and i said, you know, we think we have to continue to educate the community. it is not a 50% chance to call the place. it is a disturbing trend. i look at it every day. you do see a lot of cell phone robberies off of market street. obviously we have a strategic crime unit and we are looking at that. i'm sure that is what we are
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doing. i can't help but notice that, i was extremely disturbed by those videos. i have seen a lot in my career and it is ridiculous. >> thank you for that, commissioner. we have seen some other trends with a good number of our individuals that have been arrested who don't live in the city. they're coming from other areas. sometimes they were using public transportation to get here. we have conducted a number of search warrants in the east bay and other cities in the east bay that is a concern in working with bart police and trying to do what we can to identify who we can. it will help. hopefully we do it well. >> thank you chief. you have one other item. is that right? >> it is our third-quarter and
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electronic audit of communications. >> good evening commander. >> good morning. good evening it has been a long day. good evening, president hirsch. as mentioned i am commander robert o'sullivan with the risk management office. i'm here tonight to present with regards to the third-quarter bias audit. this audit is conducted in regards to potential bias that maybe discovered through electronic communications that we used throughout the department. by way of background, the audits are limited to devices the department owns. not any members' personal devices. they do capture electronic passages that are transmitted from personal devices to department devices. all members are aware of this policy. those policies are set forth in three different documents. first is the department general order 10.08, use of procedures,
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and secondly, department bulletin 19-051 which is title sfpd members' expectation of privacy, use of computers, peripheral -- equipment and facilities, and finally a document that is referenced within the internal affairs division. so there are essentially three systems that are audited. the first is the california law enforcement telecommunication telecommunications system which is commonly -- secondly department e-mail, and last text messaging via department issue cellular phones. what i'd like to do is go through and give backgrounds of the systems these systems and provide you with these results. i believe each of the commissioners and director in chief have a letter from the chief that is responsive to this particular audit, as well as some statistics from the third-quarter.
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first, it is a program that was established with searches and all entries made into the system using an established word list. the audit process is passive in nature and runs continuously. if a member uses one of the identified words a hit is generated automatically and sent to internal affairs division personnel via the level two access portal. each is printed, scanned, and saved to a file. staff then analyse is the hit throughout the week and those determined to be potentially biased are investigated. the level two audit process has been fully operational since beginning december of 2016. from july 1st through september 30th of this year, they were four hits returned from the program, excuse me, let me reference.
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yes, they were four hits that were returned from the program. and after review by personnel none of the four hits were determined to be potentially biased. second, department e-mail. all e-mail sent and received internally and externally through the department server are audited using an established word list. the same word list is used throughout these three different mechanisms. this audit is also processed -- is also passive in nature. if an e-mail contains one of the words on the list, a hit is generated and set to personal sent to personnel via an e-mail address used for this process. those e-mails are saved and maintained on the server. again, steph analyse his every hit and those determined to be potentially biased are also investigated. for the third-quarter, there were 95 hits returned from the program, and after review by members, none of the 95 hits were determined to be potentially biased. and lastly, text messaging via
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our department issue cellular phones. audits of text messages sent and received internally and externally is conducted by us. staff is trained to conduct active audits using a program developed by the cellular provider at&t. in conjunction with sfpd information technology division. every 30 days, a search is done of all texts using an established word list and additional terms can be sourced as well. similarly steph analyse his every hit to determine the context in which the term was used. those hits are determined determined to be potentially biased are investigated. all false positive hits are saved by at&t so there is a historical record. for the third-quarter there were 34 hits returned from the program, and after review, two of the 34 hits were determined to be potentially biased. as a result we have initiated investigations.
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>> thank you. any questions or comments? okay, thank you very much. >> okay. >> anything else, chief? >> that concludes the report. >> next item, please. >> line item two b., d.p.a. director's a port -- report. the report will be limited to brief description of activities and announcements. discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the issues raised for future commission meeting. >> good evening, director henderson. >> good evening. we are at, i will be brief because i know we have other presentations. we are currently at 659 cases that are currently open. this is up from this time last year which is 560 cases. the closed cases is also up higher right now. it is 563 cases. this time last year we were at 464 cases.
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the department has 409 cases that are pending right now. in terms of sustained cases we are at 72 versus 36 this time last year and cases that are past nine months and under investigation, we are at 32 this time last year where we were at 24. the mediation cases are also up. we are up to 31 cases so far that have been mediated versus the same time last year which we were at 18. tonight you will see -- receive a presentation about the mediation program that we have. in terms of operations, we started meeting collaborate leave -- collaboratively with the city on the department of technology now to update our website. i have been talking about the website for very long time and i think it has been in need of an update and a refresh for a while so as more people coming to d.p.a. they can get information externally and independently which i think is really important.
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that process is going on now. the priority was the c.m.s. system before, which we have been talking about while we are working out -- i don't want to wait until all the kinks have been finished before we refocus on the website to make the information that we have at d.p.a. more accessible. i will keep people updated on that. we started doing test meetings with the city coordinating that rollout. in terms of outreach, we have had a number of events that the agency has participated in. in november we represented the s.f. pride community meeting at the lgbt centre at the rainbow room. we participate in the -- participated in the african-american leadership forum for the city. november 8th we participated in reviewing all of the stations doing our checks to make sure that the information is
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available and contained in all of the stations. as you are aware, we talked about in september of this year that now all of that material is in every single station and obtainable and accessible from visitors in the station and the last check that we did on the brochures are still there. we replenished a lot of the stuff that had been taken in other languages. that is great. specifically that the material from d.p.a. is being taken in other languages, so people are at least getting the information we will continue that process. there are no sessions, there are no cases tonight for closed session. but in the audience tonight a senior investigator his here, as well as our director of policy who will be presenting on the sparks report. also the director of our mediation program is here, as well as our administrative analyst. also our newest employee is here
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in case there are issues that come up this evening in the audience that can be addressed by staff. there's a lot of people here from d.p.a. >> thank you. i will be a broken record on this question. of the 32 cases that are beyond nine months, some are told by the statute of limitations because the criminal investigation. some are not. the ones that are not, what is causing that delay, and what are you doing about getting those moving? >> we are as you know we track all of those cases independently and that is where we first starting get -- started getting this number. those cases come to me in a report with -- although recently i haven't been getting them with the new system, which doesn't mean they are being tracked they are being tracked. i just spoke to someone about it today. i get report -- i get a report on all of those cases while we track them to figure out what is going on and if there's
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something i need to get involved with specifically related to why cases go beyond. most of it is related to difficulty. this is just hours ago that i got the information. a lot of them have to do with vacation schedules from the department to diskette -- to schedule interviews, there's not a lot of intention behind the delays beyond the cases that are told. most of the issues are cases that are wrapped up and they are -- they are riding sustained reports. there are delays related to vacations, sick leave remembers from the department being out to schedule final meetings or conversations with them. that is generally what it is. if you are interested, i am happy to present a snapshot maybe of what all of those things are.
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>> i guess what i am most interested in getting those things moving. so you are not up against the 12 months and we don't constantly have cases that are pending for more than nine months. to me that is a long period of time. i know your staff should be hammering those cases. >> we have been hammering those cases. we are in a very different place now. we have sped up a lot what the length of those investigations are. i feel pretty confident that my staff is working diligently in those efforts to get them out the door as quickly as they can. i mean we can always improve on those issues. like i said, i get those. i was getting those reports until we got the new system. i would get them every single week to review what the specific cases were beyond the ones that were just heard -- told, which are put into a separate category i am staying active on it. [please stand by]
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>> okay. next item, please. oh wait that's all for the d. pennsylvania? >> other than the present -- all for the dpa? >> other than the presentation. i thought they were now. >> go for it. >> this is my director of mediation. >> good evening.
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president hirsch, fellow commissioners chief scott and director henderson thank you very much for inviting me and giving me this opportunity to talk about the mediation program. i'm going to start with an overview. and i understand that many of you are very familiar with mediation but just on the abundance of caution, i want to be courteous to the public and those of you who may not know as much about mediation. so to start off, mediation defined mediation defined is a what we like to call, a crucial conversation. it's an alternative to the investigative process. and as you probably know, it is voluntary. it cannot be undertaken unless you have both the complaint and the officer who have agreed to mediate.
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it is facilitated by two trained field mediators. and it provides a form where both parties can come together to discuss their particular issues. the program that we run is distinct and separate from the investigative process. so we are in a position where we really have the cloak of neutrality and the cloak of confidentiality. and that is the case with our mediators as well. the mediation process as you can imagine, is a situation where we bring the parties together. and the mediators are set to facilitate a conversation that is confidential and respectful. the mediators set the tone. they have informed prior to the beginning of the mediation the parties as to what the ground rules are. we expect that people will remain respectful that they will stay
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to the issues. we allow one hour for the mediation. and that has been very successful for us. officers do come on duty typically. and oftentimes the complaint will have to come either from work or from some place outside of the city. we have made an attempt to make this as efficient as possible by meeting with complaints who have schedules such as 6:00 in the morning or 9:00 at night. and we've also done this for officers to accommodate their schedule. the purpose of the meeting is designed to reach a satisfactory outcome a mutual understanding of what the issue is. so we typically are successful. in fact, smart over the last year and a half that i have been on board, we have about a 98 percent success rate. and i would certainly like to take credit for that, but credit is due to two entities. one is our coordinator director who is not here tonight.
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but i'll describe