tv [untitled] August 17, 2011 6:00pm-6:30pm PDT
i did watch the tape. last week, there was a young brother who spoke to you. he could not understand what officers were riding trains and dealing with intoxicated people. i explained to him that sfpd and bart have a contract. bart ks sfpd a lot of money every year to have officers on those trains. he said, "i did not know that." that answers the question. i think now it is bad for all police departments. a lot of bad things have come up. chp, 55 shots. everyone hears all the news. they want a reaction. people do not listen to facts. i tried to explain to some brothers the police commission
fired two officers in the last 60 days. here is what they did and here is the fund -- the end result. he did not know that. a lot of times, misinformation can be traumatic. i understand, but the brothers are standing up. they are not marching down market street, breaking things. they're going to community meetings and coming here. that is a lot better than some people i have seen on market street. have a great evening. >> any further public comment? hearing none, it is now closed. >> item 3, reports and announcements. the first is the cheeks report, which includes recent activities and the first 100-day review by the chief of statistics, accomplishments, and plans. president mazzucco: thank you for joining us this evening. >> i think probably the recent
activity would be outside lands. we had 180,000 residents and guests at the field in golden gate park last weekend for a three-day music festival. it went off large the without incident. on friday, there was a minor theft of about 25 bracelets. at one time during the festival, a gate was breached and about 100 people came in without paying. but other than that and the parking and traffic issues that come with importing 180,000 people into a neighborhood that are not normally there, i think a good time was had by all. the officers particularly of park and richmond stations did a great job. president mazzucco: chief, a question for you. commissioner chan: i noticed there was a meeting organized by san francisco organizing
project. could you tell us what happened, and it plans moving forward? >> it was a great meeting. most of what was discussed has been discussed at other meetings. that was a collaboration. they proposed that they would like to contribute to comstat. they mentioned that a company that could come in to figure out crime patterns and keep the bayview say for, or to borrow our information. the district attorney's office committed to trying to help them find funding for that project, and also to have a working committee going forward to address the violence in the bayview. it was a cross-section of the faith community, young people. it was one of the most organized -- they are well managed. every speaker was on time.
the meeting was -- it started when it started. it ended exactly when it was supposed to. it was something. commissioner chan: there was something about a cease-fire proposal. >> the san francisco police department has been in beijing in cease-fire over the last 10 years. we brought out david kennedy and dr. braga earlier in the millennium. you have to go back a ways, but there was the cease-fire court, where we would bring in parolees and probationers and give them the choice of going the law- enforcement way are going the positive choices way. apparently, some folks from this group made a trip back to boston and saw the boston model, cease- fire and the like, and came back and spoke. we will be able to discuss with
them what has already been done. in fact, we do cease-fire and try to do cease-fire to varying degrees. they would like to have us bring it back full force in the bayview. we can do that. commissioner chan: i think the commission would definitely like to stay in touch on these issues. it sounds like this could be really productive and smart as a way of addressing some of the concerns for the bayview. i am looking forward to hearing back on the report on the portland revolution that was discussed. i am curious as to a clarification about last week and this week. >> captain murphy actually spoke, and i will have him here last week -- next week to speak so it does not support in -- suffer in translation. president mazzucco: i would like to be involved in that.
iran cease-fire in the u.s. attorney's office. i think that the results, when we did our first operation -- i think we identified 73 of the most responsible parties for crime in certain areas of the city. of that 73, i think that several were in a year's period of time were killed. it was tragic to hear that. it was a real interesting analysis to get that. several were taken into federal custody and sent permanently into prison. several were sent to state prison. it was a collaborative effort. dr. marshall was involved in it. a year later, the homicide rate dropped to a fraction of a percentage. it was a 58% drop. the community identify those responsible for crimes in those areas. those people were focused on. it was successful.
i would like to be part of that again. >> with that, my able assistant, sergeant yamaguchi -- we have put a power point presentation forward. i know it is a busy night. this will be a 100-day review. we are a little past that, maybe at 100 and 2 you will weeks. -- two 0 weeks. -- 100 and two weeks. will talk about aggravated assault, property crimes, burglary, burglary from a motor vehicle, carson, community engagement, customer service in the community, trying to build public trust through accessibility, accountability, consistency and fairness, and involvement to community meetings. best practices, partnerships,
and engaging the youth. some of the efficiencies -- much was made over the weekend about a lot of our violence response nights and weekends. but working with the members through training, through development, staffing efficiencies and opportunity -- basically, the structure of the police department taking some of what was, some of what came when chief gascogne was in place, implementing technology, and delegating resources, all with the priority of the police department in mind, reduction of violent crime. sometimes when i say that, it is not all about crime-fighting. it all goes to the reduction of violent crime, whether it is engaging the youth, working through transparency, making the wttf -- jttf accessible,
attacking property crimes, english as a second language, dinner and with people in crisis -- all these things contribute to the reduction of violent crime in san francisco so we are a safer place. starting with personal accomplishments, improving community relations through community-oriented policing programs and the enhancement of basic services. we tried to start off at the very beginning, if you recall, with a personal touch. just open the doors of the hall of justice. it is a million how well that was received city-wide. the offices of the upper echelon are open during the business week for anybody. trust me. everybody has come by and said hello. we are not selected of who can come and say hello to the chiefs of police. i was confronted when i first came in. i would try to call my own
office and kept getting put into a phone tree. i am easily aggravated by phone trees. i think everybody is. we took down the country. if you call the office of the chief of police, you get a human voice talking to you. we got e-mail. the director had it at the ready, and not every member of the police department has in e- mail. we are working out the kinks and getting people to check their e- mail, respond to their e-mail. people have recommended things like an idea store, where the public or the officers, if they have a good thought, whether it be an old idea we might bring back or a new idea that might make us better, they can put it into this repository. it will be vetted. we will get back to them. i think it can make this a better police department. with regard to community health, that is a way to phrase it.
i know much has been made of hour crisis intervention team that is on the brink, if you will. we are close. we have met and confirmed with them. we literally are that close to jumping on. but we wanted to make sure that nobody in crisis was harmed while we're getting it up to speed. we put out that bulletin in very close proximity to my appointment that had all the officers stand down when dealing with people in crisis, creating a perimeter, treating it like a critical incident, slowing everything down, no hurry, so that if a person is in crisis, sadly if they want to do harm to themselves, the only person that does them harm is themselves, unless they pose a danger to someone else. otherwise, we will do everything we can to bring those situations
to a sick conclusion, so the person in crisis is not allowed to harm themselves. community-oriented policing -- i am just about ready, if not this commission meeting -- i know we are dark the week after that, but by the first weekend of september, we will have a draft of the community policing general order and start to the best practices manual. we have had meetings with officers. so far, for meetings in the community -- four meetings in the community. we have a meeting of standing in the central district that will also take in chinatown. we want to have everybody's voice heard as we come up with the first community policing general order in the history of the police department, which will make community policing policy for the san francisco police department. we have increased interaction with neighborhood and community
groups by engaging them. there have been meetings at various district stations and community advisory groups are as strong as ever. with regard to efficiencies, we checked the numbers. we have had about a 4% reduction in staffing over the first eight months of the year due to retirements, yet we have maintained levels of service and even increase them at the district stations over the last 100 days. this has been done through a variety of deficiencies in operations. we streamlined operations for reorganization of divisions. we decentralized specialty units such as the traffic motorcycles. 60% of the motorcycles have been assigned to the neighborhoods, including the northern district and the mission district, which technically are considered downtown stations.
half of the hondas have been assigned to park station to patrol to make the part a safer place. i know director ginsberg at par can rack -- park and brarec coud not be happier. the hondas could not be more well received. we have established an accident investigation bureau. the traffic motorcycles downtown can focus on enforcement, pedestrian safety, and corridor clearing to keep muni on time. i hope will never have to experience an interaction like the phillies fan that was hit by the car. i saw him before i left. he was smiling, laughing, talking to his mom. he went home on monday, a good happy ending to a story that could have been a lot worse. we have achieved full staffing with our positions, implemented
phase one of the crime data warehouse. now all reports are accessible on line. that is the first in the police department. it has been reported before that our police reports were prepared electronically. that is that they were typed. our desktop computers at stations or word processors. none of the information in them was accessible and searchable. in 2011, that seemed unreasonable. hopefully by year's end we will not only have mug shots available at all stations, and details, hopefully by year's end there will be available in the cars. we will keep going from there. it will be web based instead of client-server. the general order has been approved by all the groups. i do not know how to tell you how hard they have worked on this.
this is been a long time coming. this establishes minimum standards for promotions, guidelines, timelines, mentor ship programs. the draft was just signed off on by all the police employee groups, who will now meet and confer with the pla -- poa. i am confident i will make that september 15 promise to have that draft to you for adoption. will have the first career development policy in the history of the department. we are meeting with district station personnel to hear from the officers. i met with southern station and inside station this morning. on wednesday nights, i go back and meet with the officers from 9:00 to 11:00. there have been great ideas that have come from the officers, and some concerns they expressed have been addressed. it all goes toward we are one
police department, one city. it is not just the sort -- just the command staff. none of this could have been accomplished without their input. the amount of talent behind me is unbelievable, and i am blessed to have them is my command staff. we have established guidelines for training for plainclothes officers. that was a concern when i first came into my position. we have established proportions at the stations to have tighter, smaller units to insure better control and supervision. minimum training to be assigned to plainclothes. report writing, revamping to make sure report writing is better. i have spoken with the public defender's office and heard their concerns. we are significantly tightening up our plainclothes policy. when you see the crime statistics, you will see that whether in uniform or
plainclothes the department has not missed a beat, despite having 4% less people. we have done this being fiscally responsible. i know when we went through the interview process it was it said the command staff had to be smaller, and reflect san francisco. it does that at a $1 million discount, which was the tone set for meetings with the mayor's office. at his direction and with his staff's help, we have worked to agree to the contract concessions that allowed us to close the budget gap of over $12 million without a layoff. i think the membership is to be applauded. they were not required to make a pension contribution, regardless of what turned out with charter amendment language in november. even if that went through, they would not have been obligated to
pay until mid-2013. but they recognize the situation. we are all part of the city. we need police officers. that money might be better spent elsewhere. we have a great pension. they volunteered to pay 3% more into their pension immediately. it is happening now. they were not required to do that until 2013. they volunteered to do it themselves. i think that is commendable. lastly, we go to public safety, or nearly lastly. through the concentration of efforts and reorganization of resources, we have been successful in reducing crime city-wide by about 6% over last year. this can be attributable, obviously, with the help we get from the community and other agencies, but also due to 60% of the traffic been decentralized
to stations. 40% of motorcycle lawyers work downtown. 50% of the honda unit work on part and the control. there were teams volunteering to go nights and weekends. you have to remember that is in addition. in the past, we have taken from patrol to create special things within patrol. that is fishing from the same bucket. these officers were not working nights and weekends. they were outside of patrol. when you put 35 to 40 knowledgeable officers -- it is akin to putting an academy class on night. we lose people to retirement. having officers of this caliber go nights and weekends is on top of what we already had. hopefully in mid-october, we will have the offices open. you can find people moving through the hall of justice as
we create the special victims unit of the san francisco police department, consolidating sex crimes, domestic violence, a vice, a juvenile, elder abuse, and financial crimes into one unit. with diminishing resources, to have them all in the same place -- the attorneys, the advocates, moving them up to the fifth floor, where they are not amongst the folks that may be coming and going from other details -- those had been our most vulnerable, and we will treat them with greatest care. we have developed a system for officers to more easily access warrant information. instead of having to go down and hunt and peck, or contact officers and get the revelation that someone is wanted, one of the officers came up with a system, and now there is a spreadsheet that goes out to violence response teams and officers so they can no
everybody that is wanted, as they go around there be, especially with mug shots available in the stations. we should be able to get those criminals most likely to off the street and into court for adjudication. if you look at the 100-day comparison from 2010 to 2011, we reduced violent crime by 4% and property crime by 3%. this was this morning's comstat report. anybody in the audience that would like a copy of the report -- it is over on the table. as you can see, homicides, particularly -- we have a slide for that next. we are on par with last year and the year before, which are historic lows. the last time we had a three- year run with this level of homicides was in the early
1960's. there was only one other year since that rivaled any of these years. that was 1998. that is more than 10 years ago. this is the best. the best one we have had in the last 10 years. it is specter than double what it was the year before it started in 2008. all the part 1 crimes are trending downward. some of the property crimes were not something we were satisfied with. we put all these other things in place. if you go to the next slide, we were able to get hold of the property crimes over the last 100 days. now all of them are trending down. when i came in, overall part 1 crimes were up 2% or 3%. now we are flat for last year, despite a reduction in staffing, through the various efforts of officers and community. if you look at the homicide
comparison, you can tell that beginning in 2001 its started to go up. we had a little success in the middle of the decade, but it fell off dramatically in 2009, 10, and 11. year-to-date, first quarter, we had 19 homicides. since april, but we have had 11. although any homicide is not a number we are happy with, i think we are hopeful that the measures we have in place and the vigilance of the officers -- justice speaking a little bit about what they are engaged with, some people have suggested that after the situation in the bayview in june that maybe there would be a falloff. i can tell you right now that bayview took 19 guns off the street since june, for a total
of a year to date, not coming august. i know they have taken another half a dozen guns of the street. the crime continues to be down in the bayview. the officers are not discouraged. they hear the voices of the community that want to talk. they got there to an extra beat officers there on third street. as you can tell, it is making a difference. the bayview this year is down another 30% off year to date from last year, which was a record for the bayview. the 50% decrease in homicides -- it looks like they will be at that or better than that this year. whatever is in the model for -- in the bottle for bayview, we should put everywhere. one of the things we have put into place is we are now using a task force response to violent crime. within the first hour, first
responders in uniform and plainclothes and outside the tilted value with the incident. blackberries warm up. preliminary investigation is done. this is an operational plan implemented that will take place immediately and stand for the next 24 hours. notification is straight through the department operations center. unless another shoe falls, which has not happened, at the end of that 24 hours, we review the investigation. there is a redeployment of uniformed men in plain clothes. we do community outreach. we try to include the media and get out the message so that if we have a suspect in custody we want the suspects to know that if you do a crime, you go to jail. within three days, we have consulted with the dna. we have talked to parole and probation. we reevaluate.
environmental assessment is done to see if lightning, trees, -- lighting, trees, or cameras might help, something in that neighborhood so we do not have a repeat. within one week, we review what we did. we evaluate it for effectiveness. we make changes as needed. usually, there is a community meeting, or in cases of anything involving the police, i will be out there myself, especially if there is a homicide. last, and will not read all of this. this is something that can be passed out. we have had more than 35 community meetings. we a participated with the senior action network and national night out, community celebrations, parades, we opposed to the elder abuse investigators, and we pulled off, along with everyone else in
the city and neighborhoods, probably the most low complaint level race i can remember, and i have been working on this for a while. kids are a priority, working with our youth. we brought back the special olympics torch run. we graduated the largest kal academy class. we worked with 70 kids in jobs through the garden project, thanks to share of hennessy and general manager ed harrington of the puc. we paid the bills. we try to work with the schools. we did cops and kids, a bowling fund-raiser with the forty- niners and the bayview ymca. we participated in the community forum in chinatown. we worked with handicapped kids at the janet pomeroy center. we will be doing a lot of things
in sports. that is pretty much what has happened. in the next 100 days, we have much that is going to come forward. we have been meeting with the golf association on the u.s. open. fleet week, the marines memorial, and all of our armed services for fleet week in october. america's cup trials are next year. the actual race is the following year. i think largely, and due in part because of the folks behind me, the men and women in patrol, and the community support of this commissioner and the mayor's office, that concludes our report. president mazzucco: thank you. i want to say that in my time on the commission this has been the most comprehensive, relevant report i have ever heard.