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which is the right and wrong directions for us to go to and what your needs are. whether it is education, whether it is in sports and social programs for socializing, whether it is ideas about how to make your life safer, whether your communities are safer, or whether it is just how to make the city a happier place, we need that input. so i want to thank all of your family and friends here today because they will need your support. every commissioner that served in public capacity always sacrifices personal time, and your sacrifice will be well worth it, i assure you. because i will listen and supervisors will listen as you go through your deliberations. all we ask is that you create an opportunity for us to listen to you carefully and make sure we consider your ideas to help make the city better. so before we do the official
swearing in, i know that board president chiu would like to share a few words and also supervisor avalos as well. [applause] supervisor chiu: thank you. i want to add my congratulations to the folks that he has that. there are a couple of folks i would also like to of knowledge. first of all, mario from the youth commission. [applause] who has done an incredible job in helping to mentor our future leaders. i also want to recognize someone who recently joined the staff. [applause] thank you for the work you are doing. and there is one other group of folks that we have to take a moment to acknowledge, and that is your mothers and fathers. can we give it to the parents in the house? [applause] and, of course, all the other
surrogate parents that i know are here along with your biological parents. as many of you know, the commission was born 15 years ago. that means it is a 15-year-old teenager. i have to tell you, when i was 15 years old, i could not find city hall on a map. congratulations for being, as mayor lee said, our next generation of leaders. [applause] without the work that you do, mayor lee, john avalos, hydra mendoza -- we would not have ideas about how to improve public safety, how to improve our schools, or i do not think any of us would have thought about the importance of providing free muni you have shown tremendous leadership.
you represent the diversity of san francisco. you represent our neighborhoods and every corner of our city. you inspire us. when you are able to come together, it signals to us, the adults of city hall, that we also have to come together. we have to work together. she is excited as well. [laughter] i want to tell you to keep on fighting and in part in the wisdom -- imparting wisdom you can see through your eyes as we're deliberating here. i look forward sunday to working on the campaigns of some of you here -- someday to working on the campaigns of some of you here. i look forward to working with you as you head up our city departments, non-profits, companies, and this great city of san francisco. thank you and congratulations. [applause]
>> you have touched on many aspects of your work as commissioners. you have acknowledged your family's supporting you as well. i want to say thank you for your service. thank you for taking on this leadership role. it is not just looking at your future. it is about looking at what your present is like. that is a huge commitment you are making to your peers and generation. that is knowledge can bring to us to help us make decisions at city hall. i think it is a great idea whose time has come. the work the youth commission did last year working with community organizations and youth from around the city was exceptional and worthy of action on our part to make sure it gets
done. i wanted to say thank you for that. i want to acknowledge other folks who have gone on to public office from the recent youth commission. jesse is on the city council berkeley. exceptional things are going on that you will have access to in terms of government service. it is not just working as elected officials. nonprofit workers, julie has had an exceptional career serving in people. we have nicole in the back to used to be a staffer at the youth commission who is now doing a lot of great political work. you may know her. i want to say thank you for taking on this leadership role. i look forward to working with you over the next year. i work very closely with the youth commission. i am very excited about the things we can do together, crafting legislation, approving budgets, insuring the young people continue to have a voice
that will be acted upon by government. thank you so much. [applause] >> are you ready? if i may say this, first of all when they say free muni, let's make sure we know where the money is coming from. we have to be responsible. i want to say congratulations. now you are going to take up the responsibility you have not taken up before. it is no longer about you. it is about us and our city. i want to make sure that you know that as you deliberate and recommend to me and the board of supervisors, the police chief, hydra, know that it is no longer a recommendation for the
city. we are in international city. your recommendations will be viewed around the world, not just in san francisco. it will be around the world in hundreds of difference of languages -- in hundreds of different languages. we realize we're not just a city of san francisco in the state of california. we are san francisco, known throughout the world to provide leadership and hope to provide many other countries in the world. what you say will be heard around the world. note that. please stand and raise your right hand. police say your full name and repeat after me. i, full name, do solidly a firm
that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the state of california against all enemies foreign and domestic, that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the state of california, that i take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. i will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which i am about to injured during such time as i hold the office of youth commissioner for the
equipment in the room. please stand for the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> thank you. we will now be taking the roll call of commissioners. commission vice president joe marshall is en route. angela chan. carol kingsley. julius terman. commission president, you have a quorum. in the audience, we have the deputy chief of police and the
director of occ. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the august 31 san francisco police commission meeting. this is our monthly meeting in the community. this month, we're in the richmond district ordinarily what we do is eat commissioner has an opportunity to introduce themselves and explain what we do for our day jobs. we give a bit of history about us. i will tell you this. for me, this is the best part of being on the commission, going out once a month to the different neighborhoods and seeing part of the city that sometimes we're not familiar with. we can hear from the members of the community about their wor concerns about the police department. it is a lot of fun. i will start to my right with commissioner slaughter. we will tell you a bit about
ourselves. >> i have been a member of the commission for about a year now. i am an attorney in my day job at a law firm that does criminal and civil work for both individuals and corporations. i have been involved in city public affairs since i moved to san francisco in 1991. i do not have generations on me like many others on the commission. i love the city and am proud and privileged to serve on the commission. i am a longtime member of the richmond district. i used to live on california street. i moved about a year ago. i know this school and walk well. i am planning to go down and get some pizza around the corner
after we get out. it is my favorite spot. >> think you for having us here today. i want to thank the principal and roosevelt for hosting us tonight. my name is angela chan. i have been on the commission since last june. i miss civil-rights attorney focusing on criminal justice reform and immigration. i have worked with you throughout san francisco in making sure they are on the right path to having a bright future. in terms of my commission to the richmond, this is one of the first neighborhoods i moved to when i came to san francisco. i still come to clemente street all the time to have dim sum. i consider this my neighborhood. thank you for having us. >> my name is thomas mazzucco.
my mother-in-law lives in the district. my son goes to law school in the district. i am a native san franciscan. i am an attorney like all of us here right now. for 10 years, i was an assistant district attorney for the city and county of san francisco. for nine years following that, i was an assistant united states attorney doing organized crime cases. i have spent 19 years as a prosecutor. i have moved on to the private sector where i represent lawyers and judges before certain conditions. that is my new practice. this is my favorite part. i get excited about this. i have been on the commission for over six years. it is fun to hear from the community. do not hesitate to tell us what is going on tonight. >> my name is carol kingsley. thank you for hosting this evening's meeting. for over 30 years, i have lived and worked in various parts of
san francisco. i raised my son in the city. i am an attorney. i have a private practice, a mediation practice by day. i have been on the commission for a little over a year. it has been a privilege and a real pleasure working on the commission, serving the city in this way. i am committed to working with the other commissioners, departments, the office of citizen complaints, and the community in making san francisco the safest city of its size in the country. thank you all for being here tonight. >> during the day, i am an attorney where i practice labor employment law. i have been on the commission since placlate june.
i am pleased to be out in the community as well to share your concerns and get to know you and richmond better. i have lived close to the richmond. i certainly know clemente street well. it is a pleasure to be amongst you. i cannot wait to hear what you have to say tonight. thank you. >> i apologize for being late. there was a lot of traffic. i come from oakland. my name is petra dejesus. i grew up in bernal heights and am happy to be here to see what the issues are. >> lieutenant? >> i was born here in the city. [laughter] item number one. reports to the commission.
the chief's report is a review of recent activities. >> good evening. on behalf of the chief, he would have liked to have been here. he did have a priority training thing he was involved in. the biggest priority now for the police department is getting our plainclothes officers completely trained. tonight was a very important training class. the instructor was coming in to do the class. it was his last night. the retired lieutenant was coming in to do a series of classes. it is a priority for the police department. he had to be present. i would happy answer any questions. last saturday, there was a significant amount of violence attributed to the 49ers-raiders
game. we dedicated additional resources to the game. we increased our percentage of officers of the game by about 40%. thankfully, there were no incidents of violence at the game. the 49ers did not do very well in the game, but the security plan was solid. we think it is a solid plan moving forward. we are changing the tailgating parties. we think that is a significant improvement moving for the season. another issue this last week was a significant demonstration related to the part protest -- bart protests we have seen on recent mondays. there were no disruptions in public transportation. there was no property damage or acts of violence. there were no arrests. bart police did make two arrests.
we have a handle on how to handle those and will continue to implement that. year-to-date crime remains down 5% in the city. that is significant, especially in light of some of the declines we've seen in recent years. that is important. we did have a challenging week with acts of violence in the mission. we had a coordinated meeting about that today on a response plan to some of this. i would be happy to report if we have curbed the violence. we will not know until the following week. i would be happy to answer any questions. >> with reference to the additional security of the forty-niners games, who is paying for that? >> the bulk of the overtime is paid for by the 49ers. i do not have the exact charge.
we do dedicate resources to it like with any major event. it is like with the giants games. if a bunch of people go, we have a responsibility to protect people at the event. the security inside the stadium is paid for by the vendor or the giants. if a lot of people went to fisherman's wharf for an event, it would be our responsibility to protect them. >> you said he will report on the violence in the mission district next week. i am concerned there were two incidents that seem to be a game-related -- gang-related give us a brief idea of what the plan is. >> at 1:30 this afternoon, we had a meeting with the gang task force. we will have a series of
deployments. we will check up on probationers. anyone on bench warrant status will be receiving a lot of attention. some of the crimes involved from the narcotics trade. we will be doing narcotics enforcement. we will be doing strict enforcement of stay with orders as well. there are other things we're working on long-term. i do not want to get too specific on that at this time. >> i have a quick question. with regards to the violence in the mission, i know the captain has done a great job of working with organizations in the mission to address any uptick in violence that is gang-related. >> the captain agreed to take point with working with the of reach and community groups to tell them what we're doing in
the mission to keep them informed. >> any further questions for the chief? >> thank you. we will move onto line item 1-b. >> it is a review of recent activities. >> the evening, director hicks. welcome home. >> good evening. i am the executive director of the san francisco office of citizen complaints. i would like to recognize the senior investigator in the audience this evening. it is a pleasure this evening to be here to speak to you about the functions of the office. we're also known as the occ. it is the third largest civilian oversight of law enforcement agency in the united states. it is only surpassed by new york city and chicago as civilian oversight agencies.
our office was created by a board of supervisors charter sponsored amendment in 1982. it became operational in 1983. we're nearly 30 years old. the occ was originally an office in the police department. it has since been made a separate office and placed under the direct supervision of the police commission. that is also the civilian agency. the office of citizen complaints investigates civilian complaints of police misconduct against san francisco police officers. it also makes policy recommendations on san francisco police department policy and practices. in california, law enforcement agencies must have a procedure to investigate complaints by members of the public against peace officers. the office of citizen complaints fulfills that purpose for the san francisco police department. our office is staffed by a
diverse group of civilians who may never have been san francisco police officers. the office of citizen complaints currently has 33 staff members. the majority are investigators. the balance of the staff consists of attorneys and other support staff. the goal of the occ is to increase the public's trust in law enforcement by being the bridge between the public and the police on matters of police misconduct, neglect of duty, and police policy. to that end, the office of citizen complaints' mission is to ensure police accountability by conducting a fair and unbiased investigations and making recommendations on police policies and practices. when we conduct an investigation, we do so to find out what happened. we follow the evidence. when we complete an investigation, we make a finding of whether the
complaint of the officer violated any police depart rules, or local or federal laws. if after the investigation the occ finds an officer violated a rule, we forward a report to the chief of police. the chief can impose discipline up to the 10-day suspension. the police commission has jurisdiction over cases where the recommended discipline is greater than a 10-day suspension. in addition to our disciplinary role, the occ provides mediation as an alternative to discipline. last year, the occ mediated 63 complaints. these 63 mediations represent 8% of the 812 cases we closed last year. our mediation program allows complainants to resolve issues with the accused officer in
person in a dispute resolution format. the goal of our mediation program is to bring the involved parties together in an effort to achieve mutual understanding. we have a partnership with community boards and the san francisco bar association. through this partnership, we are able to provide neutral mediators for our mediation program. our mediations can and have been conducted in languages other than english. participation in the mediation program is voluntary. both the complainant and complained of officer must agree to participate in the mediation program for the mediation to go forward. i continue to be proud to report that eligible officer participation in our mediation program is 95%. the mediation participation rate of the san francisco police officers is the highest per capita of similar mediation programs in the united states.
before i conclude my remarks, i would like to share a few statistics which you about the complaints the occ received in 2010 and how we resolved those complaints. in 2010, we received 854 complaints. this represents a 16% reduction in complaints we receive in 2009 when we received 1018. our sustained rate was 9% of the places we closed. we found proper conduct by 29% of the allegations were investigated. we found that 3% of the allegations were not true. of the largest percentage of allegations we received were for unwarranted action, followed by conduct reflecting discredit. allegations of unnecessary force comprised a very small percent of the allegations we received, only 10% of them. in 2010, approximately 26% of
the complaint tips or african- american, caucasian's comprised from 30% -- 32%. another 18% decline to state their rates. additionally, the complete tips included asian-americans, 67, latinos, 12%, native americans and as of the calendars at 2%. the office of citizen complaints is located at 25 than ness avenue and the 28th floor, the corner of the van ness and marketed. easily accessible by public transportation, and will receive a walk-in complaints. we also received complaints by telephone, mail, and by fax and by e-mails. we do have an answering service for complaints off-hours, after hours. our staff speaks several languages, which include cantonese, mandarin, burmese,
and spanish. for other languages, we do provide an interpretation service. you can also filed a complaint at your district police station, and personnel will for those to us. as i said earlier, a senior investigator is in the audience to answer any questions that you may have or you may speak to him individually. that concludes my remarks. thank you. >> thank you very much, director. for members of the audience, it is very important to have a strong occ in order to have a strong police department. director hicks says come in to take over the organization. she has looked into credibility and investigations have been quicker. if we have an issue with a police officer, we need to address it to rehabilitate the officer or no longer have the officer be a part of this police department. strong occ