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and folsom. also in the west portal, we had stunt driving events, as well. our student driving event was able to quickly disrupt the side shows, and some of them, they prevented them before they actually occurred because they were able to communicate with neighboring jurisdictions and get information where we normally had these incidents. there was a fatal collision
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during this time, and there are no suspects in custody. the investigation is still on going. there were a series of, i would describe them as invasion-type robberies or burglaries at a number of stores in the union square area. and we had eight individuals that were arrested as a result. a lot of this was individuals who were able to tape these incidents. we had officers working the
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area, officers responding to the area, because that was the same day of the verdict in the rittenhouse trial, so that did help lead to numerous arrests. i'm confident that we'll have information that will lead to additional arrests. we have several arrests on going, so we have some good responses and resolutions. we have already upped our
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deployment in union square and the surrounding areas, but the first thing that we did was increase -- significantly increase our deployment. in talking to the retailers and talking to the people that work in those stores that were directly impacted, they were terrified. we had people running in stores with bats, golf clubs. we had several officers that intervened with suspected in the incident, and they were able to do that and take this person into custody, and other arrests were made, as well, eight in all. we still have a lot of investigators to do, but we are working hard to try to solve these cases. we've done a lot of outreach to the impacted people in the community, retailers and managers, some of the store
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owners in the surrounding areas, and the bottom line is we've put together a pretty robust and significant deployment in union square, and the result was they felt secure and safer. i talked to people over the last few weeks to just get a feel of what they were seeing, and they were happy that we are there. that strategy has made people feel safer in union square. we're going to try to deploy that in union square. our command staff has been working night and day, along with officers, checking in on the merchants and their workers and customers, checking in,
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making sure they have safe passage. the city is offering free parking in some of the city garages, so we want to make sure that people's cars are safe when they're parking there, and so we have officered deployed in the garages. we are also increasing our deployment in the tenderloin over the next -- at least next several weeks with similar type strategy and some of our difficult areas in the tenderloin, and i note deputy chief lozar and captain canning will talk about it, so i'll save that part for them. in. >> commissioner hamasaki: chief, how much longer is this report going? >> we're going to keep it going
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during the holidays. >> commissioner hamasaki: no, we're moving on half an hour now. >> just a little bit longer, and we'll be done. with these events, we have reached out to police chiefs across the region, and we have found out that there are many of these types of events happening across the region, and you may have seen this happening across the news, so we are working on a cohesive strategy across the city and across the region, and this is an on going strategy, as well. and the last thing i would like to report with the other parts of the city, such as stonestown and other parts, we have put more officers in those areas to make sure those areas are covered, as well. commissioner hamasaki, the
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reason i'm taking a little bit of extra time because this is a huge, huge issue across our city. people are scared, and they're scared to go shopping because of these incidents happening all across the city. thank you for the extra minutes, and that is my report. >> vice president elias: thank you, chief. and i think you forgot to mention the town hall that was constructed the day before thanksgiving. i want to commend your staff for putting that together right before the holiday. you know, i really enjoyed -- well, i don't enjoy it, but i think they're very useful in providing the public with information and your effort to be transparent, so i appreciate
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that. >> thank you, commissioner. >> vice president elias: with respect to the union square incident, i note that this type of crime is happening all over the state, particularly in contra costa county, also in l.a. are you working with the other cities and law enforcement with respect to these incidents? >> yes, we are, and we have been in contact with chiefs across the region and the bay area. other chiefs have experienced similar things, so we are sharing information with them, and some things that might work with our city, we might use
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that. we are looking to see if we can make connections and figure out, if this is organized, who is behind it and what we can do to stop it. >> vice president elias: you said eight were arrested. is that eight in the incident or also including the dispensary incident that you reported. >> that was including the dispensary incident that i reported, as well.
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>> vice president elias: that's it for my questions. i think commissioner hamasaki, you can go last. commissioner byrne, do you have any questions? >> commissioner byrne: thank you. chief scott, the robbery incidents where the officers stood by, do you have any information on that? >> we met with the owners of the dispensary, and d.p.a. has taken it as soon as we found out about it and contacted them, so i don't have any comments on the investigation.
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but what i do have is commented on how we're trained to respond to these incidents. oftentimes, when officers do what they're asked to do to discuss tactics and formulate a plan, they have to have good reason to do what they're doing. i don't know what the reasoning was, but in terms of the standard that we train to do, we want to make sure that that our officers deploy the standard that they're train to do. we make a lot of progress on burglaries and arrests, and our officers are trained a certain way, so we just want to make sure they do that. >> you indicated the decreased
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[indiscernible]. >> we did make some adjustments to get us through the second day. we try as much as we can do this, try to fill these positions in overtime, but we have to make instruments. there were officers that we had to take some other parts of the city to try to balance deployment. overtime is really getting us through this, as best we can get to this, so officers are working a lot of hours.
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we've got to make sure that they're rested enough to do their jobs, but we are using overtime to fill the positions. >> commissioner byrne: how many officers were deployed? >> there is literally an officer on every corner in union square. i mentioned our safe shoppers, because one of the complaints that we're getting is sometimes
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[indiscernible]. >> commissioner, i don't normally like to put those numbers out because the people that are coming in numbers to outnumber us, but we want them to know that we have a lot of officers that they have to deal with. some of these, their strategy is to overheldum the officers that are there. that's how we have to do this. -- overwhelm the officers that are there. that's how we have to do this.
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>> vice president elias: thank you. commissioner carter oberstone? >> commissioner carter-oberstone: thank you. i was really happy to see how the department handled the situation. that's what a democracy is supposed to look like, and i was pleased with your handling of the situation. >> commissioner carter-oberstone: thank you.
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>> vice president elias: commissioner lee, did you have anything? >> commissioner lee: yes. i don't know if it's been answered, but arson up 300%. is that something that's normally answered on the police department side? and then, the second question i would have is the gun violence. we're approaching the end of the year, and i'm looking at, i guess the trend for the last year. it looks like we're going to pass 2017. chief, i wonder if you had any strategy on trying to reduce the gun violence as much as possible? >> yes, thank you, commissioner, to the first question -- let me answer the
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second one first, regarding the gun violence. this is good news, i think. we slowed the cycle over the holiday weekend. we have life coaches who don't work for the department but they work with individuals who have had the opportunity to see their victims or victims of gun violence, and i do think that's helping us. when we had [indiscernible]
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we'll continue to do that. as i said, it's not just union square we have to deal with, it's the whole city. and i'm sorry. what was your other question? >> commissioner lee: the arson that's up 300%. i'm wondering if that's part of our investigation or the fire investigation that falls under our detail? >> we do work with the fire department on these issues.
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>> commissioner lee: i'm going to say this. you know it's going to get cold, and your work with the homeless. that's all i'll say there. >> vice president elias: thank you, commissioner lee. commissioner hamasaki? >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you, vice president elias. you know, these reports, when they go for 45 minutes, the problem is it's not just taking everybody on the screen's time and all the money involved, but it limits discussion and also public comment because people can't stay that long, and there's a lot of people that want to comment, and there's the tenderloin item, which i think people are interested in. and we go through statistics, which you're reading it. we could put it on the website
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for everybody involved. i understand a lot went on over thanksgiving, but i just really want to encourage public public participation, but that's the comment that i get a lot. onto my question, you spoke a lot about the feelings that were generated by the smash and grab last week, right? and i think when you talk about property crimes, violent crimes, shootings, and murders. and when i look, and when i see
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union square saturated with 50, 60, 70, i don't know how many cops, 100 working overtime, and then, i hear about these murders in the tenderloin, it sends a message to the community that what matters is the big businesses and the corporate interests, and what doesn't matter are the people that are struggling, the people that are ill, the people that are shot, and i don't think that's a great optic for the people of the city, and i'll get to a question after i make my speech here. the probability of an event happening again at any point in time was nil, zero, right?
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after trump, the right wing media -- like, what's the probability of something happening? i understand the need to feel safe, but there's got to be a balance, so when there's someone there, an officer there, there's a low percentage of something happening. how do you balance that, giving everybody the feeling that their neighborhoods are being respected and protected? >> yeah, that's a great question, commissioner, and let
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me start by saying this. we've done the same strategy in other parts of the city. when we had problems in the bayview, we put a lot of officers in that area of the city. ingleside, we just had a caller talk about that. fear of crime is a real issue, and whether you think about neighborhoods and fear of this happening, people are very worried about these things happening, and we have to respond to it, and it's not just union square.
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we'll hear about the tenderloin planning in a second, but we've had increased deployment in the union square for a long time. we've had increased deployment in the tenderloin, and we've had increased deployment in the bayview. >> commissioner hamasaki: i think -- [indiscernible]. >> commissioner, please, in an ideal world, we wouldn't have to do that, but in the real world, we react to these cry -- crises. we've seen people in our city,
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driving on sidewalks, and to answer your question, this just happened not too long ago in union square where they're running out of stores, and this happened in chinatown. these are not isolated incidents, and when people see this on t.v., you have more people get involved and want to do it. what i'm saying to you and to the public, this is not something that we've just done this in union square. we've done it in other parts of the city, and i hope we can do it only after we see someone get hurt or something like that. >> commissioner hamasaki: it's all reactive, so you're
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reacting to the fact after the crime is done. so when you show up, yes, it does make -- i get it, for the retailers and the big -- you know, that's -- i -- nobody's downplaying the property crime and when people rush in, that can be upsetting, absolutely. but there's -- i guess what i'd like to see is some evidence that this -- you know, if you're saying this is all on overtime, and you're not going to talk about the officers -- is it 100? is it more than 100? i guess what i don't see is that it works. what you're saying is, nothing happened because of all these
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officers here. i can show you other neighborhoods where there's nothing happening. you're trying to prove a negative, which is not possible. >> i'll tell you, commissioner, here's what we do know. when we increase our deployment, particularly on beats, there have been a decrease in particular types of assaults and property crimes, so there's evidence to show that these strategies work. here's the thing about the dynamic that you just read. it's very hard to measure what you prevent, so what we find ourselves in is a situation where nothing happens, well, you don't need these officers there because nothing is
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happening. we pull them away, and you react. you'll hear some of these things with captains that present in the tenderloin, we have evidence that these strategies work. when you put cops on these beats and engage with the neighborhoods, it works. it worked in the bayview, it worked at fisherman's wharf, and it worked in the tenderloin. >> commissioner hamasaki: but you gave a 45-minute report where it didn't work. it felt like a dog-and-pony show. i'm going to say it again, i get the whole public relations side of it in making people
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feel safe, but there's got to be a limit when we're taking officers off of other assignments, you know what i mean? >> well, here's what i think might be helpful. go out and associate with some of the officers that i do, because i spent as many as 12 hours walking union square, the tenderloin -- and it's not just union square. i've walked the tenderloin. people, when we're there, they feel better about their safety. we're not having people dealing drugs in the open air. it makes a difference. and we can walk any part of the city, if you want to do this, and talk to the people. talk to the people and hear directly from them, because i
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have. and i'm telling you, the people that i heard from in the public feel better about us there. talking to the retailers, there's one particular store, retailer, when we have officers working around that store, in front of their store, they have a five-time decrease in theft and related incidents. so this works, and i know it works, and our edict has been we've not been able to sustain this because we have some staffing challenges. >> vice president elias: commissioner hamasaki? >> commissioner hamasaki: just one more thing. let's try to separate anecdotal evidence, chief, from actual
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points. and the other point, yet, people feel safe when you're in a neighborhood, and i support beats, but there's a way to do it in a way that's got to be a better balance than what we saw in union square. so i'm happy to continue the conversation, i'm happy to walk a foot beat. >> vice president elias: and you can formulate a plan with the chief. that's a great idea. why don't you do that. >> commissioner hamasaki: we'll do it soon there, commissioner elias. >> vice president elias: great. sergeant youngblood, next item, please -- or public comment? >> clerk: yes. line item 3, d.p.a. director's report -- sorry. at this time, we will take public comment on the chief's report. press star, three to enter the queue. hello, caller.
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you have three minutes. >> first and foremost, i think you have a number of commissioners there who don't understand that according to the chief himself, you need at least 400 more officers to reckon with what is happening. secondly, this back and forth with the chief, you should take it offline. you are not impressing the taxpayers. now whether you like it or not, commissioners, you all have failed over a long period of time to maintain quality of life issues, so this back and forth with the chief doesn't help the commissioners. the commissioners should be educated on issues and know that it's your responsibility,
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and one of them is to find out that segment of the population that is causing this type of riff raff all over california and the nation, and it's on you, commissioners, rather than getting assembly people to giving presentations about which nothing at all. so now zero in on the riff raff. zero in on the conservation in our jails. zero in on the san francisco unified school district that is going through trials and tribulations, and then, some of you commissions will talk less and do more. as to the chief, whenever i need you, you know what i say to you, but i'm not going to reveal it to these commissioners, so that's all i've got to say.
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>> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> my name is susan buckman, and i was shocked of the footage i saw in union square. if those officers had indeed been prepared for unrest after the rittenhouse verdict, it's no wonder it happened. those officers were primed for violence and overreaction. you have spent more time talking about property crime in union square than i have ever heard you talk about protecting black lives and the terror they feel every day. once again, white people's property and their shopping experience is held in a higher regard than the lives of black people. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes.
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>> yes, hi. this is paulette brown again. i am calling, and i want to thank you, youngblood, for announcing my son's thing every time you come on, but i just wanted to say, you know, the case number for my son, aubrey, who was murdered in 2006 is 060862038. those are for the people that may know something about my son's murder. the holidays are coming up. thanksgiving just left. christmas, new year's coming up, and i'm still left without a -- with an empty seat at the table. my son loved christmas, and i am pleading and begging for more investigation on my son's
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case. maybe my investigation can go talk to -- maybe my investigator can go talk to them again. i wonder wish this on the perpetrators that murdered my son, for their mothers to go through what i go through every day. i can function, but i still worry. i look at my son's picture, and i see the smile and everything that i took nine months to birth in this world, and i just will never stop until the day i die, so i'm pleading with the officials in this city to do something about these unsolved homicides. i will continue to do this and help out as much as i can, but i'm asking for help.
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case number 060862308. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, miss brown. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. i just wanted to say, ms. brown, that you give me strength, to tune in and to be involved and see what's going on. i've been watching you guys, and you're arguing back and forth, and i assume most of you are educated people, and i want you to really think about this. if you sat there, and you wrote an essay to fix all of the problems, and i took the budget out of it, could you really do it? is the government really -- can you fix this?
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i mean, we have inflation issues, you see the people doing the crime. i think you really see what's going on here, and the truth is maybe the government can't fix everything. maybe people have to go in and create more opportunities, and then, we will have a better society. you know, i won't lie. most of the things that we're talking about, they're neighbor on neighbor. my issue is with police and accountability because when your government hurts you, and you pay for your own oppression, and you pay for my oppression, i'm going to tell you something like what you say to other people doing these crimes: go get a better job. go make more money.
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go move to mountain view and make more money. >> clerk: thank you. that's the end of public comment. >> vice president elias: thank you. next item. >> clerk: thank you. item 3, d.p.a. director's report. report on recent d.p.a. activities and announcements. d.p.a.s report will be limited to a brief description of d.p.a. activities and announcements. >> thank you. my name is [indiscernible] in
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terms of d.p.a. staff, i will let you know that in 2021, this year, we have opened 703 cases concerning civilian complaints of police misconduct. we've closed 789. in comparison, in 2020, we opened 725 to date and closed 808. we currently have 274 cases pending. we have absolutely more pending in 2020, at 355. we've sustained, which means that we've found misconduct and recommended some level of discipline in 43 cases so far this year. 39 in comparison to last year. we do have several cases past the 270 mark. currently, we have 24 past the
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270 mark. currently, 18 of those are tolled. this year, we've mediated 36 cases. last year, we mediated 31. in terms of our weekly trends, the majority of the cases we've received, the allegations have been that the officer behaved or spoke inappropriately. the second or most common was the officer failed to take the appropriate act or filed an inaccurate or incomplete report or that the officers failed to properly investigate. we did respond to the officer involved shooting that occurred, i did, with the team. i did meet briefly with chief scott and some of the other administrative teams. i do want to let the chief know that lieutenant wilhelm has
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been very instrumental in helping us with the investigation, and we met with her, captain [indiscernible] and commander [indiscernible] to speak with each and facilitate more communication and cooperation between our department and staff, and we really appreciated that meeting. d.p.a. received the police department's response to the draft report and its recommendations. we anticipate issuing our audit report with the recommendation
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after reviewing the response next week. the controller's office sent out a 12-month recommendation in response to the police department follow up on november 10. there was no response. the controller's office and the d.p.a. are awaiting a response from the police department to evaluate how many of the report's 37 recommendations are open, closed, or in progress. we are concerned about the fact that we did not receive this response and the controller's office did not receive a response. i understand that the controller's office and someone have been in touch and that the deadline has been extended until december 3. however, we respectfully ask that the commission calendar this item for the next commission meeting to find out if sfpd has responded to the controller with respect to audit information. we do have a report with respect to outreach that
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commissioner yee will be happy to hear. we've reached out to san francisco unified school district with pamphlets and brochures, especially the know your rights juveniles. today, d.p.a. has one case in closed session, and the senior investigator on the call is allie [indiscernible]. our website is sfgov.org/dpa. you can give us a call at
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415-245-7711. i welcome any questions you have, and commissioner, welcome. >> this is based on 19 cases, right, and 29% complained about officers speaking or behaving inappropriately -- and remember, this could be in one case, also. that the officers failed to take required action, and the third runner up was that the
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officers prepared an inaccurate or incomplete report. and then, 7% was the officer detained the person without reasonable suspicion, and the officer failed to investigate. >> vice president elias: i'm going to turn it over to my fellow commissioners. any commissioner have any comments or questions for d.p.a.? okay. seeing none, i'm going to ask sergeant youngblood for public comment, please. >> clerk: at this time, the public is now welcome to make public comment regarding line item 3, d.p.a. director's report. if you'd like to make public comment, press star, three now. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> so i was listening to this
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report, and i want you to know that there was a shooting at nob beach where somebody was shot in the chest and the stomach, and there's been not a word about it in the press. and i'm asking the san francisco police department to look into this case. don't pull the wool over our eyes. it doesn't matter if somebody in the city is ordering people to do the wrong thing. the right thing has to be done.
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the crime was committed, a gun was used, and the person was shot in the chest and in the stomach. in other words, the person who did this wanted the person to die, and we taxpayers are not going to watch this buffoonery and want the commissioners to be educated on issues and do the right thing. and i know that the law enforcement, too, will do the right thing. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. i just had a question about the d.p.a.s new website. if you go to the page and click
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on reports on police in 2021, you'll see a list of monthly statistical reports and openness reports, and on november 10, mr. henderson said he had released the monthly statistical reports in september. he did say that, and on the day, i went to check them, and they were there. but then, on november 26, i see that the open reports for august and september were there, and now, they're missing. the other question i had, if you look at the dates under the reports, what are those dates supposed to reflect because they're not reflecting the date that they're posted. thank you.
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>> vice president elias: thank you, sergeant youngblood. next item. >> clerk: item 4, commission reports, discussion. commission reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the issues raised for a future commission meeting. commission president's report, commissioners' reports, and commission announcements and scheduling of items identified for consideration. >> vice president elias: so first, chief, i'm going to ask you to, if you and your office can follow up regarding ideas with respect to the working groups and being more inclusive with respect to the captain's meeting, the ones held in
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conjunction with s.f. safe. i apologize if i'm getting the name wrong, but if you can follow up, like i said, i think she has some great ideas, and i think she'd be a great assess moving forward when it comes to developing working groups and some of the things we discussed. [please stand by]
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>> to work with us under various reform efforts. >> vice president elias: thank you. and if you would like to have anything agendized, you can always just request it and we can get that agendized for you. commissioner yee. >> commissioner yee: thank you, vice president elias. i just want to follow up what
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commissioner byrne and myself. it's great to meet them and hearing their concerns about racial and social justice here in reform. what i also thought was since they are in line step hopefully with the state legislator is the concealment of ghost guns and see if the attorney general can remedy the situation where it's not allowed in the state of california period unless you're an authorized gun dealer. and the second one is maybe work on a vehicle registrations where you also get your vehicle inspected for i guess the taillights and the headlights
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so it won't be that minor infraction. so hopefully we can lower the amount of stops, racial profiling stops and make it safer for all of us removing those ghost guns and getting the guns off the streets as much as possible. am i have nothing to agendize for the next meeting. so i'll think of something next week. >> vice president elias: that's okay. thank you, commissioner yee. commissioner hamasaki. >> commissioner hamasaki: yeah. so i think -- i have spoken agenda for over the years about working groups. i think that's something we should discuss as a commission. hear from the department, hear from d.p.a. and hear from the community about how to structure these so everybody feels that voices are heard and
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the considerations are taken into account when putting together these groups because ultimately, these groups develop a policy for the department that impacts the whole city. so i think -- i don't know how long that's going to take, but we should agendize that and have an open discussion about it. the second thing, i'm wondering if you could just give us a one-week breakdown of the costs of the union square deployment. and really, the support next week which i'm sure will be concise. we could hear about the costs and maybe get a better understanding because maybe i'm off base. i'm frequently wrong. those are the two items i'm interested in. thank you. >> vice president elias: just to let you know, commissioner hamasaki, the department in conjunction with us finalizing 3.01. one of the areas was the
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working group issue. so i think the chief was going to take that on and start working on that and present it to the commission. i know that there are several stakeholders like the legal women voters, like julie ton from the bar association, like d. p.a. and others that i think are going to be chiming in and then the department is going to draft something for us to review. do i have that right, chief? >> yes, vice president elias. >> vice president elias: okay. and i think it will be before the commission so we can discuss it because i know you also have some ideas on the working group in the past. commissioner yee, we did post district attorney's boudine's lawsuit on our commission website and i would encourage the district attorney's office to reach out to you and give you an update on their progress with respect to that lawsuit because it is the first of its
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kind in the state. so hopefully that will also give us traction in terms of curbing the ghost gun sort of epidemic. >> commissioner yee: vice president elias, i was talking in regards to having a state legislative
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. >> caller: there's so many traffic laws that you can't drive a mile without breaking dozens of them. and the truth is at night when it's dark and the police officers can't see who's driving, the disparity almost disappears. it's not the fact that driving is breaking the law, it's driving while black. that's the disparity.
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>> secretary: thank you caller. and that's the end of public comment. >> vice president elias: great thank you. next item please. >> secretary: operation genesis is a nonprofit organization specifically focused on working with l disenfranchised programming which includes the academy trip to ghana, village outings and most recently neighborhood united. discussion. >> good afternoon -- i'm sorry. good evening. >> vice president elias: good evening. welcome. it's great to have you. >> well, good to be here. good evening vice president elias, commissioners. >> vice president elias: i think we're having technical difficulties. you're coming in and out. >> can you hear me now?
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>> vice president elias: yes. >> okay. great. good evening. my name is tiffany sutton and i'm the director of the climate strategy division and i'm leading the work on behalf of the police department and i was asked to introduce officer jason johnson who is a critical part of our intervention work for the police department. he is truly what community policing is about. but i think the commissioners would love to hear from someone besides myself. he'll probably do a better job at introducing officer johnson to you and so i'd like to introduce one of his students who can tell you a little bit about herself and then we'll pass the presentation to him. i would like to introduce to you officer ariana green and she will present to you also. >> vice president elias: great. hello, ms. green. thank you so much for being
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here. >> hello. thank you for having me. i am a graduating senior at san jose state university, double majoring in african american studies and justice studies and i'm also a san francisco police cadet. i've had the pleasure of working with operation genesis since 2015 and i can almost speak all day about operation genesis has invested in me as a young leader and has aided in my growth. i've grown through operation genesis programs such as experiences that it's given me like a trip to ghana, like mentorship opportunities with individual who is work with operation genesis and also educational opportunity like free city college courses as a high schooler. i can also speak great lengths about the founder of jason johnson. he's what a great investor in
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our community in the future looks like and i'm so grateful to have worked with him. i can't speak enough about the example he has set for me as a young leader in the community. so without further adieu, i'll let officer johnson speak about the impact of operation genesis. thank you. >> vice president elias: thank you for being here. welcome. so glad you're here. >> glad to be here. yeah. so we're still trucking. you know, generally, i know we have some new police commissioners so, hello, everyone and it's kind of cool to see you guys and nice to meet you guys.
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in the department for 18 years. in 2013, 2014, something like that. it actually came from my position at the willy mayes boys and girls club, former chief griggs assigned me there to just build some relationships, status and relationships and, you know, try to follow a lead on a crime that was going on at the time. so i just started to mentor a lot of the kids. i fell in love with them and wanted to do a lot of things. i was advised and started a nonprofit. through that, operation genesis was formed.
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through that, a kid that i used to mentor was there. he was 14 years old, he was found guilty of first-degree murder and i wanted to prevent it. what was the issues and it was so many different issues. i noticed the identity part. they would do things and don't know why they did it. i wanted to establish a sense of culture. so from 2014 up until the pandemic i believe in 2019, we've taken kids to ghana, africa every year. i think we've taken 80 kids since them. and it was great.
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you know, you couldn't travel or anything like that so i just can't stop. so i was trying to think of different ways to keep going, to keep helping the community and through that neighborhood united was formed. we actually ran a program last not -- the summer before last and we were able to get some individuals, some known individuals from the sunnidale neighborhood, west point neighborhood, harbor, and i think it was alamany. we kind of got them all to the table. it was a little interesting at first. the results were great. everybody had fun and our relationship was established and it was great. and so i wanted to expand it to more people, more
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neighborhoods, more education and so we've been doing that. we've been feeling it in neighborhoods united and we were trying to do just that. and a lot of cases we're able to reduce neighborhood which is big and currently we are in -- oh, yeah. the slides. are we showing that? >> vice president elias: i think you're doing even better than slides. keep going. >> okay. all right. yeah. i forgot all about the slides. so, yeah. i can talk it better. during the pandemic, we started
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our interim program. we were able to meet a lot essential needs for communities, providing food, clothing for those in need. when were able to pay bills. when we did the numbers, we were able to mimic the stimulus check that was given at that time to families. it was really good. we had that going on. as participants coming out, great donors giving money to buy all of this food and pay all of these bills and it was great and we were able to keep a lot of families afloat during the pandemic. so it was really good. in this past, so just so you all know, this picture's old. you see everybody in the state capital with no masks on, this was before the pandemic.
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but just to kind of see, we wanted to give you guys an example of what we were doing prior and we were able to continue somewhat since the pandemic, but the youth career academy came through a conversation i had while i was stationed at the willy mayes boys and girls club, some young individuals about that michael brown situation in ferguson and they weren't happy with what was going on and so i asked him a question, what are you doing about it and no one had a solution. so i wanted to give them the solution. so one of the ways was to expose them to the legal system not from a career perspective to educate them on how the system works and they're starting to pursue careers around legal systems so they could come apart of the change they want to see and as you can
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see here, this is all of our partners that we partnered with. of course, the police department, sheriff's department, c.h.p., assemblyman david chiu. fire department. you see the list. so we have some pretty cool partnerships. we have a stem program where they get exposed to the technology. all those different things. so they actually get to work in these fields. we put them in situations as if they were cops and lawyers and firemen and chp so they can kind of get a feel of what it's like to experience it and it's real fun too. like when we go to the state capital and chp, we go to their evac training so they get to ride in the car fast. they bring the helicopters out. real good experience for the kids and like aari, some of
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them were inspired and, you know, she's pursuing her career, potential career, being an attorney and there's several like that. we have actually one that became a cop and there's more to come. so we've been doing that and now neighborhoods united i got a little excited. so, yeah, these are the neighborhoods that we're currently in all in district 10 it is going extremely well. we started in september and we're already looking to expand so we pay their job and the workshops that we go through and this is all financial leadership. we're trying to encourage. it's a little different. we encourage healthy eating,
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but we've got to encourage just eat period right now in some situations. we have these restorative services where we talk about issues and get to the root of the issues and solve it. things we prepare them for, careers that they potentially want to pursue whether entrepreneurship working for a person and take responsibility and keeping your neighborhood clean the idea is teaching these things. ultimately, the hope is next summer, so we want to have you ahuge retreat where we bring
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everybody together. the whole retreat would be rooted in restorative justice. we get everybody and create this culture and we come back and keep it going. and it's going really great. i mean, we're already ahead of where i thought we would be at. so the summer looks realistic. we've got guys that didn't -- i mean, really didn't like each other and now they're talking about they're willing to come to the table and talk about these issues. so it's pretty cool. that's all i have. if you guys have any questions about anything. >> vice president elias: well, thank you so much for being here. often times, we don't get to hear about the positive programs and the great things that these kinds of programs are doing and that come from the department.
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we've had the pleasure of meeting your prior students at past commissions and tonight with ms. green who really speak volumes of how impactful your program is to them. i've been able or i've been lucky enough to be invited to some of your panels and watching how the students admire, and love and respect you is really phenomenal and your work in the community. i think you do a good job of highlighting all the great things you're doing in addition to operation genesis and all the things you just mentioned, there's also programs, i think you coupled with the rotary club where we've been able to provide kids to go to college and pay for their books and supplies, things that we rarely think of or the other expenses that people think of who are first-time college, this is the first time they've been to clj and the first member of their
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family to goo go to college. there's so many things in your program that you're apart of and i really like to highlight that and have the community support some of the collaborations that you've been apart of like with the rotary club and the things that you've been able to do. i don't know if you want to take a few seconds to speak to that. >> yeah. that's great. the rotary club has fully furnished dorms. i think it was a year, full vouchers so kids can eat while they're in college. got their books. paid some tuition. they've been very instrumental in our college students and their success and walking with them through the whole journey. we've had some start off in junior college and now gradual waiting from u.c.l.a. and going to grad school and helping
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support as well as we have kids in berkeley and howard and exeavier. >> vice president elias: even though they leave your program, they still keep in contact with you. >> oh, yeah. definitely. absolutely. >> vice president elias: again, thank you for all you do and all the work. if you want to provide the information where people can donate anyone have questions and comments for officer j.j., ms. sutton, or ms. green? commissioner yee. >> commissioner yee: yeah. i just wanted to thank you and this is the first time i heard operation genesis and it's a beautiful project for the community and giving them the
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opportunities to seek, you know and just their future goals. so i hope you continue this position and i hope the last four and another generation. i hope our kids can talk about this, remember this operation genesis? it's still going. i wish you the best of luck. and if i can help, i'd be happy to come down there and ask some of the rotary people to see if we can get some more funding for you as well. continue your journey and i wish you all the best. >> thank you, commissioner. >> vice president elias: thank you, commissioner yee. commissioner hamasaki, did you have something? >> commissioner hamasaki: no. we've heard from operation genesis in the past. i think it's great, you know. my -- one of my -- it addresses
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one of the big things i'm focused on with reaching young people and, you know, end up in the criminal justice system. so, you know, i admire the work. i'm glad, i know that it's going on. keep it going. >> thank you. >> vice president elias: i think director rosenstein. >> director: good evening. i just wanted to say i'm so proud of you guys and i'm so thankful to hear this update. i don't know if you guys remember, but way back in the day, we met in department 23 with judge woods and started brainstorming about this. >> yeah. >> director: and one of the saddest things about leaving the hall of justice was leaving you guys, but i'm not sad anymore because when i get these essays, my heart is full. thank you so much. i see you guys in my neighborhood all the time.
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i run into you guys at events. my kids do too. i just really appreciate everything that you've done for my community and i'm -- i'm so happy i got to be a tiny part in the very beginning when we first started talking about this. thank you. good to see you guys. >> thanks. >> vice president elias: thank you. chief, do you have any final comments before we go on to the next topic? >> i just want to thank officer johnson for all the work and director sutton as well. i've seen him in action and echo everybody else's comments. i mean, he and there's others involved. he's the spirit behind it and the wind behind it and he has changed many lives with the work he's doing. so i just want to thank him publicly and recognize his good work and this is how we have to do business. thank you. >> vice president elias: i first met you when i was a public defender and you changed
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my view on police officers. you know that. again, thank you. please provide us all the information to the commission office so we can post it and get the word out and whatever we can do. i'm sure my fellow commissioners can do, whatever we can do to help your program or whatever it is you need from us, i think we're all happy to help and step up. and thank you so much for the update. it's great to hear. ms. green, thank you for coming. you know, i look forward to your graduation and giving us an update. god bless you. >> thank you. thanks for having me. >> vice president elias: thank you. sergeant, public comment. >> secretary: at this time, the public is welcome to make public comment online item five, operation genesis. please press star three now if you'd like to make public comment. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: hi. i'm tiffany carter, i'm the
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mother of arian. i just had to call in just to add value to the work that operation genesis do because we all know as parents that it takes a village and operation genesis, tiffany, they've all been that for me. arian is now going to graduate college. they've been with her since high school even helping with cost and helping when she got accepted to the stanford law program for the summer. they pay for those. just so much that they help and allowed her to experience africa, that just changed my daughter's whole perspective on so many things as a young black woman. so i just had to call in to give a shout out to the operation genesis team and definitely i think it's important that we continue to
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invest in results and they have proven to be very vital to our community. so thank you guys. that's all i have. >> vice president elias: thank you. thank you for calling in and sharing that. you must be very proud. very proud. >> secretary: next caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> caller: i'd just like to say i think it's great to see members of the police force going into the community, helping things out. i think that the police get a pretty bad wrap especially recently and i'm absolutely pro-police. i'm pro-accountability, anti-blue line. and i think that many cops are actually oppressed because they do good police work and you have other cops that don't always do good police work. they make mistakes and i feel -- i really wish we could help you guys get your good name back like it used to be and i
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just don't know what the public can do, you know. and i just hope one of these days, you know, you guys get the respect you guys deserve because i've got a lot of friends that are cops born and raised here. they're great guys. they really are. and i know that they can't really control the behavior of the other cops and they can't do anything about the culture themselves. they are oppressed and i hope we can get together and fix this mess we've got here. thank you. >> secretary: thank you, caller. vice president elias, that is the end of public comment. >> vice president elias: thank you. can you please call the next line item. >> secretary: line item 6, presentation on the open air drug dealing in the tenderloin. >> vice president elias: thank you, sergeant youngblood. at this time, i'm going to turn it over to commissioner byrne. this is his brain child. please navigate through this. >> commissioner byrne: thank you, vice president elias.
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i understand two gentlemen from the police department are going to start with the presentation. >> that is correct, commissioner. deputy chief lazar is on. >> good evening, thank you, vice president elias. good evening, commissioners. chief scott, acting chief of staff, rosenstein. members of the department, members of the public. i'm deputy chief david lizard of the field operations. i oversee field operations which includes the ten district stations in the city. essentially, i oversee all of the patrol as well as the community engagement division. so i had the pleasure of working with all of the district station captains including captain canning and i'm very grateful for all his
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work in the tenderloin. i'm going to give you just a brief overview of what we plan to present on and then i'm going to turn it over to captain canning who can get into the specifics and the strategies that we've employed in the tenderloin with regard to drug sales. [please stand by]
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>> we've told captain canning
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that let's work on these issues. that's been the staffing plan. i'm grateful for the chief's support in making sure the tenderloin has enough to do what they'd like to do. so with that, i'm going to turn it over to captain canning. he's going to provide the approach and the context that's being provided by our tenderloin officers each and every day. so unless there's questions for me specifically about my overview and my role, i'm more than happy to turn it over to captain canning. >> thank you, deputy chief. good evening, madam vice president, commissioners -- >> vice president elias: commissioner yee, did you have a question or did you want to hold it until the end? >> commissioner yee: i just have a real quick question. you know, you talk about
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officers that are providing service for the narcan. i just wonder how many, i guess -- how many did officers serve and save, you know, people that were overdosing? i'm just curious whether officers, you know -- the officers' role in administering narcan. >> there were about 699 deaths in the city last year, and if you're interested, i can get that number. but if i remember, there were
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65 saves. i just signed a life saving order that captain canning presented me, as well, another officer that saved someone's life. it's been quite a significant amount in administering the usages of narcan. it's been great. >> appreciate that. one life, every life counts. >> thank you, and that i'll verify the numbers so that i'm 100% accurate. >> vice president elias: thank you. so sorry about that, captain
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canning. my apologies. >> no problem at all, madam vice president, and commissioner yee, there is going to be some information in my presentation related to that very question in a few moments. thank you for allowing me to present, again, madam vice president, commissioners, and a special welcome to commissioner carter oberstone. my name is chris canning, and i am the captain of tenderloin station. i've been the captain here since the beginning of the year, and it is an honor to serve in this capacity, and i am looking forward to sharing with you some things that we're doing, what we're noticing, and things that we're planning in the future. as it comes to narcotics
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seizures, that number is rapidly accelerating. compared to the third quarter of 2020, there were approximately 14.2 kilos of narcotics seized. at the end of the same time in 2021, quarter three, it had risen to 37.2 kilos. of that, 19.2 kilos of fentanyl were seized in 2021. the same -- our homicide rate
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is consistent, as indicated earlier, in the meeting, however, there has been a notice i can't believe reduction in robberies. approximately 15% less robberies in 2021 than in 2020. aurfirearm seizures by our officers operating within the tenderloin district is trending higher in 2021 than in 20. as it relates, commissioner yee, to your question, about narcan deployments, in 2021, at the end of the third quarter, there were 60 deployments by sfpd officers, compared to 112 in 2020. that significant reduction, i have no doubt, is due to a large deployment in rollout of community partners such as
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urban alchemy that deploy with narcan and are able to use those doses to save lives as they call for police assistance. so what's the tenderloin and central station doing to address these issues? it's a combination of high visibility foot beat patrols in areas that are heavily impacted by open air drug sales.
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this broader strategy is intended to address root issues that lead to long-term mitigation and relief to the neighborhood. the coordination with our partners is intended to eliminate silos that traditionally have existed with a bunch of different groups operating in the foot beat -- footprint of the tenderloin that allows us to lift nimbly, to name a few, urban alchemy, they've been tremendous partners. as you drive through the neighborhood, you'll notice a large number of their practitioners that are dressed in high visibility vests that provide a pa -- pa -- a
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positive, a positive presence in the neighborhood. the healthy streets operations center allows us to serve the footprint in the tenderloin, and this allows us to address the layered complexities that are in the tenderloin neighborhood that have a nexus to the drug market. our city partner, the department of public works, is successful at addressing cleaning efforts. the office of workforce development is another department that we are developing a block by block approach positive activation to the city blocks once we're able
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to maintain a presence and bring back the vitalization of the neighborhood. i do want to note our mental health partnerships. we are very blessed, quite frankly, to have partnership with the e.m.s. 6 team. that's a team that the fire department has allowed service, medically related service to help with individuals suffering from medical related addiction issues that receive a high number of calls for service related to medical concerns. also, our partners in the street crisis response team, or also known as s.c.r. team, for
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individuals that suffer from mental health problems. we have a large briefing that take place close to u.n. plaza, which is essentially where we spring out from on a daily basis, and these briefings are critical to address the open air drug markets because all of these factors are interrelated: visibility, partnership, addressing root causes, and using strategic enforcement to have a positive impact on these trends in the neighborhood is critical. in terms of the resources that are deployed from the police department and tenderloin station, our foot beat and bicycle beat officers are a large contingent of the visibility presence of the police department. i am very lucky at tenderloin station, i have the highest number of foot beat officers compared to any other station. approximately 25% of my station
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is assigned to a foot beat or a bicycle beat on a daily basis. as was also indicated before, by deputy chief lozar, there are significant e.w.w. or overtime resources allocated to tenderloin station on a daily basis. i've been honored to provide these services to the neighborhood to address these challenges and concerns. there have also been a significant number of uniformed police officers in the form of our motorcycle, solo officers, dirt bike officers, to provide added visibility to align or strategic enforcement objectives. those of you who frequent the neighborhood have probably noticed visible presence with what we call the command van. it's a large marked police vehicle.
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we utilize this, and it's intended to address anticipated displacement issues which occurs as a large number of officers deploy throughout the area. we use the command van, as well, to assist with on going strategic enforcement, and we do collaborate with our community partners. specifically in the past, we were able to coordinate with the healthy streets operation center or hsoc partners as well as our community partners to address a problem in the hyde
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area. i think it's also important to note the on going trends within the tenderloin station along the same timeline of the figures that i shared earlier. within the first three quarters of 2021, tenderloin officers were dispatched to over 29,000 calls for service. those are calls for service whether called to the station or to a 911 phone call that's requesting police service in one form arrest another. in addition to the 29,000 calls for service, officers initiated over 13,600 additional contacts. whether that is an officer
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responding or observing other behaviors, that is additional. so in the first three quarters of 2021, officers in the tenderloin have been involved in 42,000 separate contacts. with regards to our enforcement, officers have made nearly 1200 felony arrests. of thousand 1200 felony arrests, in the first three quarters, over 425 were specific to drug dealing or possession for sales, and within that number broken-down a little bit more granularly, there were 337 individuals arrested for drug dealing for sales. of those 337 individuals, four were arrested four times, 13
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were arrested three times, and 51 were arrested two times. other actions that occurred in that same period of time, officers seized 54 guns or the tenderloin streets. we spoke previously about the amount of narcotics that were seized, 37.2 kilos, and of those, 19.3 were fentanyl. there were, within that framework, as approximately, approximately 560 violent crimes that officers responded and took reports for. so moving forward, what do we do and what is our goal? i spoke specifically about our coordinated efforts with our partners, breaking through the silos to create a culture of
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coordination, not just at the manager level by a line level. i'm nsing a shift in the expectation of our officers that deploy. i'm seeing them deploy with our other agencies. we refine our coordinated efforts, we pivot, and we execute. i spoke earlier about our partners with the office of economic and workforce development. those partnerships are critical to support neighborhood activation, which is intended to discourage these types of individual when's it comes to the open air drug market. so that is my brief outline of our strategy, what it is, and what we continue to do.
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i'm happy to take any questions, commissioners. >> does any commissioners have any questions? >> why don't you take the lead, since this is your baby. >> i would -- i walked -- captain canning graciously came down on a saturday afternoon about a month ago, and i spent 3.5 hours out on the -- out on the beat. i was informed that there were only seven officers on patrol that afternoon, and i was disturbed by those numbers. is there any assurance that there would be more officers
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out on the beat in the future? >> commissioner, thank you for asking that question. i did address it, and i don't know if deputy chief lozar has anything to add onto it. we staff what the officers we have to scale our resources as much as possible. there are a couple of things that are challenging to -- to address. that is compelling officers by forcing them to work is difficult outside of a very specific operation, and it's something that we're working on by supplementing with outside districts, as i mentioned before. there are also daily challenges as it relates to officers who call in sick unexpectedly, and trying to shift and pivot with what we have available at the time and reaching out to
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outside districts is something that we do on a frequent basis. >> thank you, captain canning. i know you don't control the number of officers you get. people above you do, and it's true that you need more officers, isn't it? >> we are happy for the officers we have, and more would be more helpful. >> may i add to the captain's answer? >> oh, please, please. >> yeah, a couple of things. so, you know, as the -- as the captain is alluding to, family medical feedback, different things go on, officers and their families, they use their vacation, they call in sick,
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those sorts of things. but that being said, the most important point is, for the first time that i can remember in the department -- i'm 30 years tomorrow, first time that i can remember where the captain said, okay, captain canning, what do you need, and staff. so we have opened up the opportunities for officers at tenderloin station so we are staffing those shifts, and we are actually mandating some of those officers starting tomorrow, actually, to make sure that we're covering all of those areas, and as the field operations bureau deputy chief, not only are we short at tenderloin, but i can go through each station and tell you where the staffing shortages are. >> commissioner byrne: i
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understand, but bayview, what you cover in bayview station is approximately 70,000 people. if the amount of violence crime the chief has presented, if you were to multiply the figures just by three times, so even assuming 60,000, with ten homicides and the number of overdose deaths went up by three, and you see by far, violent crime, homicides, you know, as the chief reported this week, one homicide, two shootings where two people were injured, a stabbing. that's this week. the tenderloin is the most dangerous area in san
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francisco, the most dangerous area in san francisco. in your opinion, does that not require the most resources sent to it? >> you know, commissioner, i'll try to answer that question. can you hear me okay? >> commissioner byrne: yes, yes. yes, chief. >> when we look at the number of officers, tenderloin and central had the highest deployment of officers in the city. and then, when we add the supplemental officers that captain canning and deputy chief lozar had mentioned, it's way above any other district in the city, so definitely, your point's well taken. it's trying to achieve a balance. the thing is, we can't leave those other stations empty, and they're all impacted when we
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move other somps around, like we frequently have to do, but the tenderloin has the highest deployment no matter how you look at the deployment in the city. when you look at a one square mile area, which is about what tenderloin covers, there's a lot of options there, but it's still not enough. as captain canning pointed out in his plan, we need to engage, but the coverage to prevent some of what is most complained about, the drug dealing and the violent crime from happening, the reality is, you know, when we're out there, the drug dealers aren't. and not to say we can prevent everything, but we definitely see a difference when we're out there and able to did you tain that. >> commissioner byrne: all right. so back to captain canning. i first want to compliment
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captain canning. when i first got appointed to the commission, golden gate avenue between larkin and leavenworth was an issue. at least since june, what i can tell, it's no longer an issue. street, to me, seems apparently safe to walk. the last few weeks, turk, again, between larkin -- as you pointed out, between larkin and leavenworth, again, alchemy has been deployed, and that area south of market is relatively safe to walk in. i notice no open air drug dealing. one block up, eddy and hyde, not as many as on turk street that i noticed before, but they're still congregating
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there, and they're congregating, as you know, captain, less than two blocks from tenderloin station. and i've gone by just in the last few weeks, and there are fewer numbers. it would be wrong for me to say that the tenderloin isn't better. why can't we finish the job? why can't we deal with what's on turk and larkin and then decide that they've gone just outside tenderloin, as 7 and mission. as police, when we walk the beats, it is wonderful to see san francisco police officers welcomed. it's an area where i've never seen police officers welcomes
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by the local people. for those individuals to come into san francisco to openly sell drugs at the corner of eddy and hyde, and, as you know, 7 and mission, and i'm sure, captain, you can tell us more places, it's important because it goes to the quality of life. it goes to the quality of life because it has the highest concentration of children in san francisco. it is a community of color, it is a community that is poor. it doesn't have the voices that other areas of san francisco have. but they are human beings, and
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it is an area that's done so much good. what i see captain canning do with those officers when you walk the beat in dealing with the poor addicted people, it's wonderful to see. it's hard to do that, but they are human beings, and the police officers treat them as such. but more needs to be done because many of these people will beat their addiction, and they will go onto lead very productive lives, and i'm sure as you know, that they are the most vocal proponents of doing something in the tenderloin, but let us finish the job.
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urban alchemy has come in, and there does not appear to be, but let them go. let them hop on a b.a.r.t. and go back to wherever they came. it's nice that there are arrests, it's nice that there are fentanyls being seized, but what's more important is the streets being safe in the tenderloin. like i said, i was disturbed that day there were only seven officers. i had four officers, and my understanding of going down there, i want to finish now -- i spoke to president cohen before tonight's meeting, and
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she's indicated that we'd like to bring the matter up again so that we can bring an update as to where that is. and with that, which commissioner wants to go next? commissioner hamasaki? >> commissioner hamasaki: thanks, commissioner byrne. so i've spoken with the chief about this a lot over the years.
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i think, and i use this term that i chief and i keep exchanging, but it's, you know, whack-a-mole. you push down in one area, and it goes a block over like commissioner byrne was saying. is there a way that hasn't been discovered yet where you can actually, without addressing the demands, because like
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you've been saying, more and more seizes, more and more overdoses, more and more deaths, but it keeps happening in the same trajectory. so how do we address what we're seeing on the street, when -- i've lived here 27, 28 years now, and i think the tenderloin certainly got worse after -- during covid, but it's really been the same for the majority of the time i've been here-. is there a way -- just -- is there a way to stop it? >> commissioner, i really
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appreciate your question, and i'll share it like this. clearly, this is to take a seat at the table or slice of the pie, but this is a situation that we're not going to enforce our way out of. on a personal note, i understand where you're coming from. my father was a beat officer in the 80s. i understand on a personal basis, this district is very near and dear to my heart because it is a district of people, of people that are in need, people that are suffering, and people that i want to help in my capacity and my roles here today as a captain of the station. so to answer your question more question, i think the path farther is through partnerships
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and coordination. clearly, there is a sequencing involved where there is a component of enforcement that will provide a sense of relief to a very small patrolable portion of the neighborhood which then needs to be sequenced with positive activation, positive presence, positive partnership through development with our friends at the office of economic and workforce development in supporting the community in a way where it will digress, i think, some of what you're discussing is the market-based economics. all of those issues are so very layered, and it is something that requires, quite frankly, coordination between not only city department stakeholders, neighbors, residents, service
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providers, and that's one of the things that i'm [indiscernible] our approach. the culture shift of the officers that work here at the tenderloin station and that are deployed daily is something that i'm particularly happy and proud about, rather than maintaining a siloed bureaucratic approach to call and handle a problem, there's a team of these different providers on a daily basis that are coordinating, we're going to deal with this particular intersection. this may take a couple of days of our efforts. how are we going to backfill the displacement that you were alluding to and commissioner byrne addressed. so i am rambling a bit, but to address your question, the path that we are on and sustaining that effort is going to lead to success, i feel, and it's something that we need to
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continue to define because we're talking blocks by blocks, and microblocks or microblocks, as well. >> commissioner, i'd like to add, as well. >> commissioner hamasaki: please, please. >> in addition to what captain canning is saying, everybody has to roll up their sleeves and get involved in this issue. one of the things that i want to just highlight based on something that commissioner byrne said and something that you're alluding to, it's not just a sale. should we focus on sale? it's the associated violence that's coming around as a result of the sale, which we work very hard to prevent, so there's all of these ripple events that are happening
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because of the sale. we're trying to address all of these things on top of people dying from fentanyl. >> yes. [indiscernible]. >> really, the violence that we see associated with drug dealing, we have to address part of the quantity that's coming into the tender line. and if you look at 41% of the deaths last year were concentrated in that area. 35.3 total kilos of narcotics with tenderloin's help has been
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able to be taken off the streets, but we can do more. we support the department of public health addressing this as a public health issue, but we have to do our part because there actually is research that supports that. there has to be some consequences for the drug dealers. like, if you look at even portugal, norway, if you look at their models, their models do not allow open air drug dealing. their models actually address that -- i've read in this one just pew research did, is that they don't actually -- they actually want alternative sentences for people selling drugs, so they want to give them a chance. supervised protection, stay away orders, gps, but at some point, there has to be some consequences where they face something that deters them from
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coming here and selling openly out on the street. they said, in this one study that i'm looking at, it reduces jurisdiction by 23%, and the report clearly says that arrest and prison is not the answer, but there has to be some [indiscernible] in there. >> commissioner hamasaki: yeah, no, i got -- so i guess -- i guess, yeah, what i struggle with is the same thing that everybody is struggling with, which is that, you know, we've done the same thing for decades, and we can't expect a different result from doing that. so what i am glad to hear -- and this is not to say that, you know, the work that you're
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doing -- because i don't -- like, it upsets me -- like, i go through the tenderloin all the time. i see how people live, how people are struggling, and i see the results in our city, and i think we should be dedicating a lot more resources to it, but in my view, it's the combination that you have to address with your partners in taking some of the weight off of you with the e.m.s. 6 and the street crisis response team and narcan and supervised injection sites. like, i don't feel that people blame the police, but you can't -- everybody knows or that knows about this understands that you can't arrest your way out of a drug crisis, you have to -- it's a
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long-term that you need a lot of help from city hall on, and a lot more money for all of those programs to help people transition. >> and we appreciate the support. as you know, the last death count for last year, the defining death count was really higher, and it's frustrating for us. it was 711, which was 60% higher than 2019. and currently, we're pacing about 545 between january and october, and currently we're pacing lower than last year, but to us, that number -- like, we owe it to the families, the small businesses, the residents, and the visitors, to make it a priority, and we do. >> commissioner hamasaki: okay. i don't want to take up anymore time. i appreciate your folks coming there. in saying that i know that the
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supply side doesn't work, i'm not saying that the work that you do isn't important, it's just that i wish city hall would give more resources to the neighborhood to really address the deep structural issues there, so thank you. >> commissioner yee: you have to unmute yourself there, commissioner byrne. >> commissioner yee: i'm sorry.
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i looked up on the internet, and new york city has the first in the nation, i guess there's drug safe zones, illegal drug use, and it sort of reminded me back in the 1960s, when the haight-ashbury experienced a rise in all of these drug problems. i wonder if we can ask them to put funding aside for project programs. gone would be the violence
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where we can address treatment for many of these people that are addicted to drugs right now through maybe no fault of their own because of the medical dispensary to big pharma, so i think that's another avenue that we can consider i think there's the homelessness and the drug addiction and the violence that comes with it, so we have some social responsibility in the city here to do. i'm looking forward to maybe working with anybody and everybody that we can maybe get this out, especially from the tenderloin community. i know that community well. i worked there many years, and i see a lot of, like you say, a
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lot of people in the neighborhoods where their parents are afraid to let them go out, and what they do go out, i do not think they go to the park down on haight and -- or hyde and turk street, so looking forward to working this out. i think we need to do more. >> commissioner, thank you. if i could just respond to that very briefly, i would be remiss if i didn't say as part of mayor breed's public safety plan for the tenderloin area, there's programs to support our strategies, but there are also extremely significant contributions to some of those developments and neighborhood reactivation strategies, so that is a large part of the plan to work in tandem and also
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to sequence the part of a physical police presence. so i would be remiss if i didn't mention that because this is a multidimensional approach that would have existed in some of these neighborhoods for quite sometime, and i'm very excited for what the future holds. >> commissioner yee: i'm wishing you 100% best of luck in that, but drug addiction does not go away overnight. it stays on the streets, and you're pushing them from one corner to the next. i think we need to do similar to what new york city has done, create drug safe zones so we
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can save as many as we can and bring down the violence, bring down the crime in our community. >> vice president elias: just one final thing. thank you for bringing this to us, d.c. lozar, captain channing, and commissioner byrne. since we're going to be agendizing this in the future, i think it would be helpful to know, aside from the new piece of collaboration and partnerships what investigative strategies is the department using on their end?
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it would be interesting to see next time you present what strategies you're doing in terms of investigation with respect to this issue. but again, thank you, everyone, for presenting. thank you, again, commissioner byrne, for bringing this to the commission. chief? >> just a final comment. i just want to reiterate commissioner byrne's comment. i truly believe that with at least from the policing standpoint if we can sustain the point that captain canning has asked for in terms of deployment, we can make a tremendous act. it's not going to solve the addiction problem. we have to work with those collaborative partners, but i truly believe it's going to disrupt what's happening on the
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street, but i think the one thing that's happening in just talking to the officers, what do you need to do your job better, and i keep hearing, chief, we need the people. because if we take an area and disrupt the sellers, and we run behind them, they're going to run to another area. if you disrupt the supply, you can disrupt not the demand itself, but you can disrupt where people are going to feed the demand, and that makes a big difference in really trying to disrupt this problem that we're talking about, so i have -- we're going to do the best to sustain the plan that captain canning put forward, and we're going to check in in a couple of months. >> vice president elias: great. thank you, chief. sergeant, public comment, please. >> clerk: at this time, the
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public is now welcome to make public comment regarding line item 6. please press star, three now if you would like to make public comment. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> commissioners and officers, if you don't do a proper needs assessment, you'll never be able to address the situation. eight out of ten of the guys who come here to sell the drugs are not from san francisco, so why do they come every single day, and they come the next day and the next day and the next day and the next day, and they don't have to go in the open
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air and sell it? they can stash it all over the tenderloin, so if you want to address this on a wall footing, we need the mayor to bring charge. if you want to address this on a wall footing, then we'll have to address this like the military does. those guys work for cartels. when we arrest these people, we don't make any investigative leads to see where they live. they have homes in the east bay. you don't mention it.
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is a citizen supposed to do some investigative reporting? just go to the main library, and there they are, the main guys, selling it. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> hi. i just have a couple of points. one, i want to thank commissioner byrne for bringing up this issue. i actually work in the 400 block of turk street, and i can tell you a couple of things just to inject a little bit of reality into this conversation. every time i go to work, every time i go home, every time i go to lunch, and every time i go
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to get coffee, i see open air drug deals. i literally see drug deals every time i leave my office, okay? and when i'm walking to the bus, i'm literally stepping over people passed out on the street. i appreciate all of the services that we've injected in the tenderloin, and i appreciate that more is needed, as everyone has talked about. but if we had an open air drug market in pacific heights, that shit would get shutdown tomorrow. if little white kids were having to see drug deals, if johnny and sally were seeing drug deals that kids in the tenderloin have to see, that
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shit would get shutdown immediately. this isn't a matter of will -- well, it's a matter of political will. we have decided that we're okay with a community of color having these open drug markets. you can have them shutdown tomorrow. they could be gone tomorrow. you could put resources -- you could put an officer on every corner, and they would get shutdown tomorrow, but the reality is bloviating about what works -- when the louis vuitton store was swarmed, there were officers everywhere, but we can't do that for a neighborhood eight, ten blocks away. >> clerk: thank you for your
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comment. hello, caller, you have two minutes. >> hello, commissioners. thank you for what you're doing in the tenderloin. captain canning, thank you, i love you. commissioner yee, i love what you're saying about different options. i encourage everybody to read the $27,000 report that was written, the street-level drug dealing task force report that has some ideas because we all know this is not a police issue where they do everything, it's a lot of different issues together. next, my math is not very good. i'm an english major, so my math is not very good. if you had 100 officers assigned to the t.a.l., there are 33 officers each shift, and
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eight are 20%, but there's 55 blocks in the tenderloin. i disagree with the captain, there are not enough officers because my math says that there aren't enough. one of the things that we noticed, and commissioner byrne brought it up, if all the children in the tenderloin -- we know about massa-- mosser towers and the open air drug deals, so i understand that it's just stretched too thin. it's not about what officers are doing or aren't doing, it's about it needs a different approach. so here's my real ask.
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as you talk to other people -- >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> first thing i'd like to say is i heard what i believe the captain said, i really -- i felt the passion, i love the words. i hope that we can trust it because many, many times, i've seen people in position of power, and the words sound good, but the actions aren't there, and you don't always see the actions because you have to be in the situation to see what's going on sometimes. i have to say, even when i was in fourth grade, and i had a concept of what being liberal was, some of the things, i don't know why we don't go back to the beginning. we need to stop the pipeline. some of people turn to drugs because the system fails them, and then, they lose control of
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it. the truth is that politicians and people that don't look like the people that are having problems, they'll never trust you because they've been messed over so many times. we can not just not answer questions. they're going to ask us, and we have to tell them something to make them believe in the system, and i'm not going to lie to them, i'm not. so if you really want things to get fixed, because if you are educated, when you look a certain way, when the cops talk to you, and you want to talk to them like a person, but they treat you like an animal on sight, you lose faith in your society, and you do need us to fix the problem. trust me, you'll be here 20 years from now arguing over the same thing. it's going to take 20 years to
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fix it, but fix it the right way. i learned that in fourth grade. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, caller. vice president elias, that is the end of public comment. >> vice president elias: next item, please. >> clerk: item 7, discussion and possible action to approve first addendum to the february 5, 2018 m.o.u. between the california department of justice and the city and county of san francisco, acting through the mayor's office and the san francisco police department. discussion and possible action. >> vice president elias: thank you, sergeant. chief, who's going to be presenting on this? are you muted, chief? >> yeah, i'm muted. sorry. >> vice president elias: it's
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okay. >> go to my presenter -- oh, this is actually my presentation. so thank you, commissioner elias. so this is a continuation of the work that we've spent the last five years doing. by february 2018, the department and city and county of san francisco asked the california d.o.j. to step in and be our collaborative partner, along with
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hillard hines, and there was a hope that we would be able to get through a substantial of them, but we were not. we have 245 recommendations, and we need to continue moving forward. so we have reached out to the attorney general of the state of california and engaged in an additional m.o.u. that will go through 2024, and this document is a resolution, hopefully approved by the police commission, that directs the police department and the chief of police, me, to finish the
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recommendations within this next m.o.u. period. it is pretty simple in terms of what it's directing the department to do. it works in concert with the m.o.u., attorney general banta, and i'm hoping and requesting that the police commission will approve and support this work to finish carrying out the recommendations. keeping in mind that there are, i think, three recommendations that we hope to get the funding for for some of our systems that are going to take time to implement. but short of those three, we think that we can get the remaining recommendations done in this period and sustain the work that has already been implemented. >> vice president elias: great. thank you, chief. fellow commissioners, do you have any questions? okay. can i get a motion?
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>> commissioner yee: i'll motion -- make a motion. >> commissioner byrne: i'll second it. >> vice president elias: all right. motion made by commissioner yee, seconded by commissioner byrne. sergeant? >> clerk: on the motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have five yeses. >> vice president elias: great. thank you. it passes, and good luck, chief, with the on going work. we look forward to completing the 272. >> thank you, commissioner
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elias, and we look forward to completing it. >> vice president elias: thank you. public comment? >> clerk: thank you. members of the public, this is your -- public wishing to make public comment, this is your opportunity by pressing star, three now. hello, caller. you have two minutes. >> so i've been following these recommendations, and it's been five years now, and when i look at it, somebody is making a lot of money, the consultants, and i think it's reached over $1
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million, 400,000, 200,000, another 400,000, and we, the community, who fought and attended the meetings, a lot of them have not been incorporated into these so-called amendments and suggestions, and i think it is time we hold a town hall meeting, that it's virtual or whatever, that we hear from the advocates because they've put in a lot of effort and have
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been left out. some of you have been listening to this, but you know nothing about cops, community oriented policing services. now, the real role of d.o.j. when donald trump was there. so i don't want to say too much, but i want you all to bring the community back to the table, the advocates. >> clerk: thank you, caller. good evening, caller. you have two minutes. >> my name is susan buckman, and i volunteer with wealth and disparities in the black community. the following is a quote from our founder, felicia jones. i'm going to call it what it is, antiblackness -- >> vice president elias: i'm sorry, caller, but this is public comment for line item 7. >> well, yes, the last line of that quote is, if i may
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continue, and therefore, we've sought help from attorney general banta, end quote. we have had three very productive meetings with a.g. banta's team. in our last meeting, we were advised that the oversight role of sfpd will continue into 2024. we were pleased to see that that item will stay on this agenda, however, we were disappointed that we did not hear this directly from the police commission, and in the three meetings with a.g. banta, we have seen more action than we have ever seen with the police commission. >> vice president elias: thank you. sergeant, can we please retake
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the vote. >> clerk: yes. on the motion -- [roll call] >> clerk: commissioner elias, you have five yeses. >> vice president elias: thank you. next item, please. >> clerk: line item 8, public comment on all matters pertaining to item 10 below, closed session, including public comment on item 9, vote whether to hold item 10 in closed session. if you'd like to make public comment, please press star, three now. vice president elias, there's no public comment. >> vice president elias: great. can i get a motion? >> commissioner byrne: i'll motion. >> commissioner yee: second. >> vice president elias: thank you. motion and a second. sergeant? >> clerk: on the motion on
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whether or not to hold the vote -- [roll call] >> clerk: you have five
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community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss.
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to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service.
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>> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags, maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of
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homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets
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stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of
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>> i view san francisco almost as a sibling or a parent or something. i just love the city. i love everything about it. when i'm away from it, i miss it like a person. i grew up in san francisco kind of all over the city.
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we had pretty much the run of the city 'cause we lived pretty close to polk street, and so we would -- in the summer, we'd all all the way down to aquatic park, and we'd walk down to the library, to the kids' center. in those days, the city was safe and nobody worried about us running around. i went to high school in spring valley. it was over the hill from chinatown. it was kind of fun to experience being in a minority, which most white people don't get to experience that often. everything was just really within walking distance, so it make it really fun. when i was a teenager, we didn't have a lot of money. we could go to sam wong's and get super -- soup for $1. my parents came here and were
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drawn to the beatnik culture. they wanted to meet all of the writers who were so famous at the time, but my mother had some serious mental illness issues, and i don't think my father were really aware of that, and those didn't really become evident until i was about five, i guess, and my marriage blew up, and my mother took me all over the world. most of those ad ventures ended up bad because they would end up hospitalized. when i was about six i guess, my mother took me to japan, and that was a very interesting trip where we went over with a boyfriend of hers, and he was working there. i remember the open sewers and gigantic frogs that lived in the sewers and things like that. mostly i remember the smells very intensely, but i loved japan. it was wonderful. toward the end. my mother had a breakdown, and that was the cycle.
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we would go somewhere, stay for a certain amount of months, a year, period of time, and she would inevitably have a breakdown. we always came back to san francisco which i guess came me some sense of continuity and that was what kept me sort of stable. my mother hated to fly, so she would always make us take ships places, so on this particular occasion when i was, i think, 12, we were on this ship getting ready to go through the panama canal, and she had a breakdown on the ship. so she was put in the brig, and i was left to wander the ship until we got to fluorfluora few days later, where we had a distant -- florida a few days later, where we had a distant cousin who came and got us. i think i always knew i was a writer on some level, but i
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kind of stopped when i became a cop. i used to write short stories, and i thought someday i'm going to write a book about all these ad ventures that my mother took me on. when i became a cop, i found i turned off parts of my brain. i found i had to learn to conform, which was not anything i'd really been taught but felt very safe to me. i think i was drawn to police work because after coming from such chaos, it seemed like a very organized, but stable environment. and even though things happening, it felt like putting order on chaos and that felt very safe to me. my girlfriend and i were sitting in ve 150d uvio's bar, and i looked out the window and i saw a police car, and there was a woman who looked like me driving the car. for a moment, i thought i was me. and i turned to my friend and i said, i think i'm supposed to
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do this. i saw myself driving in this car. as a child, we never thought of police work as a possibility for women because there weren't any until the mid70's, so i had only even begun to notice there were women doing this job. when i saw here, it seemed like this is what i was meant to do. one of my bosses as ben johnson's had been a cop, and he -- i said, i have this weird idea that i should do this. he said, i think you'd be good. the department was forced to hire us, and because of all of the posters, and the big recruitment drive, we were under the impression that they were glad to have us, but in reality, most of the men did not want the women there. so the big challenge was constantly feeling like you had to prove yourself and feeling like if you did not do a good job, you were letting down your
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entire gender. finally took an inspector's test and passed that and then went down to the hall of justice and worked different investigations for the rest of my career, which was fun. i just felt sort of buried alive in all of these cases, these unsolved mysteries that there were just so many of them, and some of them, i didn't know if we'd ever be able to solve, so my boss was able to get me out of the unit. he transferred me out, and a couple of weeks later, i found out i had breast cancer. my intuition that the job was killing me. i ended up leaving, and by then, i had 28 years or the years in, i think. the writing thing really became intense when i was going through treatment for cancer because i felt like there were so many parts that my kids didn't know. they didn't know my story, they didn't know why i had a relationship with my mother, why we had no family to speak of. it just poured out of me. i gave it to a friend who is an
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editor, and she said i think this would be publishable and i think people would be interested in this. i am so lucky to live here. i am so grateful to my parents who decided to move to the city. i am so grateful they did. that it neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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