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may disrupt the room. please stand for the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] >> president hirsch: good evening, everybody. this is the march 13, 2019 meeting for the san francisco police commission. we have a fairly light agenda tonight, i believe, so we will allow public comment at three minutes, and i ask all the commissioners to be succinct, as well. we are ready for the first item on the agenda. >> clerk: commissioner, i'd like to call roll. >> president hirsch: okay.
>> clerk: [roll call] >> clerk: commissioner, you have a quorum. also present is chief scott from the san francisco police department and paul henderson, director of accountability. >> president hirsch: okay. everybody we're ready for the first line item on the calendar. >> clerk: 1-a, chief's report. provide an overview of significant crimes in san francisco. significant incidents. chief's incident will be limited to a brief description of the incidents. commission discussion will be limited to calendaring any incidents that the chief describes for a future commission meeting. commission events. a brief overview of any unplanned events or activities occurring in san francisco having an impact on public safety. commission discussion on unplanned events and activities the chief describes will be limited to determining whether to calendar for a future meeting.
staffing and overtime. staffing of current levels and overtime expenditures to date for fiscal year 2018-2019. community engagement division highlights including a presentation by the operation genes genesis students and the upcoming trip to ghana, africa. release of police reports and presentations highlighting women's history month. >> president hirsch: okay. good evening, chief. >> good evening, president hirsch, commissioners, and director henderson. i have a couple of things on my report today. i'm going to go through the weekly crime events, staffing and overtime, and the community engagement will be -- officer john will have a presentation to be followed by commander walsh to present department order 3.16, the release of police reports. and then, we have a video
highlighting women's history month that we would like to present to the public. so i'm going to be brief in my remarks so we can get on with the presentation. crime overall is down 17%, and that includes property crime and violent crime. our total violent crime is down 21%, and homicides, we have five this time year to date. 2018, we had eight, so that's a 38% decrease. last one was in february -- it occurred on -- it was brought to our attention on february 18, and that is the body that was found in the bay that turned out to be a homicide. our gun violence is down 27% over 2018, so we're pleased with that. overall, our violence is going in a good direction. so three years -- going into the third month in the year, we're going in a good
direction. our property crime is down overall 16%, and our auto burglaries are down 23% year to date, so that's very good news, as well. kind of continuing the momentium from this time last year. major incidents for the week, we had no homicides to report, fortunately. we had a -- one shooting case of significance. that was in the 2000 block of jerrold. the driver eventually found to be the eventual suspect of the shooting was found suffering from a gunshot in his abdomen. we had a beggun shooting on har
road. he was driving himself to the hospital when he collided the two vehicles. just short after the incident he pointed a gun at a passer by and demanded that the passer by call 911. they called medical personnel and he was taken to the hospital. he is in serious medical condition, and that investigation is ongoing. we've had some pretty significant traffic cases this year, and we had unfortunately another fatal on the 9 of march involving a hit and run. actually, there was a serious injury. it's not a fatal, i'm sorry, at columbus and vallejo. a victim was northbound in the crosswalk when he was hit by a vehicle. he suffered major internal injuries, and the driver actually fled the scene, so that investigation is ongoing. we had another collision, vehicle versus pedestrian, on
the 9th at sacramento and polk in the northern district. victim was in a crosswalk, struck by a vehicle, and he also suffered major injuries. in this one, the driver did stay on scene and was cooperative. on monday, march 11, we had another vehicle versus pedestrian at vanness and golden gate in the northern district. c.h.p. officers were alerted to a hit and run in the area of golden gate and jones. the officers were unable to get the driver to pull over. the information was given to san francisco police officers who subsequently located the vehicle and attempted to stop it. the abandoned vehicle was located with the driver's license of the victim owner. our victim suffered a broken neck and pelvis injury, and we did eventually locate the driver and arrested him for felony hit and run and evading. the last traffic incident to
report was on howard at 6th on the 8th. she was riding her bike on howard street when a driver of a parked vehicle opened a door into the cyclist. cyclist was knocked off her bike and into the on coming traffic. with that, i would like to ask the public, there are many phases of our goal to get to vision zero, which is no traffic fatalities by 2024. part of it is we do have to have the public cooperation. the road has to be shared by everyone: bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists, and
our officers are doing what they can in the enforcement piece, but they're also trying to educate the public on the ways to stay safe. if you're a pedestrian, bikist, you have to pay attention to ways to stay safe. you can't be distracted, cell phone and distracted driving, that's a big thing for us. we're going to reach out to the public to get an emphasis on do what you can to keep the road safe, and that message will be forth going and we'll definitely continue to spread that out to the public because we've had a pretty rough year to date with traffic and pedestrians. major events this week, st. patrick's day parade is the
biggest of this weekend. we have no planned events at the civic center this week. it's usually busy with the night clubs and bars, and we'll be heavily deployed. you should see many san francisco police officers out and about this weekend. there's also a rap concert at bill graham saturday night. this is the second show for this artist, y.g., and the last show last saturday, we had no issues of note, and hopefully, this will be the same, but we'll be deployed for that, as well. as far as overtime, we are right on budget. this time, we have three months left in the fiscal year, so we are asking our kmant staff -- command staff, lieutenants, sergeants, to stay on budget
for the rest of the year. the public wants foot beats in their communities, and we've done some employment adjustments to put feet beats out, so that's an ongoing thing. we'll adjust where we can, and how that plays into our overtime, we have had some overtime funding for some of our foot beats at b.a.r.t. and civic center resources. the presence does make a difference, but the good news is we are on budget with our overtime, to three monthsing there. our staffing as of january 2019, we're at 2307 total sworn staffing. that includes the airport. our full duty f.t.e.s, we're at 1869, which is 102 below the
mandated level of 1971. when we have new recruits graduate, that'll bring us closer to the 1971. that concludes this portion of the report. if there's any questions before officer johnson comes up? >> president hirsch: don't see any. >> okay. next, we have officer johnson to give a report on genesis in office and community engagement division. >> all right. so a lot of new faces. operation genesis is a nonprof nonprofit that i created about seven years ago. i was inspired by -- well, not inspired, but what got me was i was stationed at the willie mays boys and girls club, and
one of the boys that i mentored was found at 16 years old guilty of first degree murder. it hurt me, and i wanted to change the whole demographic of the community in which i served. so i thought what better way to expose kids to where the their ancestors came from. next trip is our sixth trip to ghana. after this trip, we've taken about 62 students from the bayview and fillmore district to ghana -- and counting, and it's been a really good experience. the results -- initially, it was supposed to be a one-time thing, but the results were so amazing that we had to keep it going. the first year, give you an
example, a young lady was 15 years old, and i've been in her life for two years, seeing her pretty much every day at the club, and took her on this trip, and she was really quiet during the trip the whole time, and i was wondering how it was impacting her. by the time we got to the end of the trip, she just opened up. it was like, you know, jay, thank you for bringing me. she told me that she had a two-year-old son that she wasn't taking care of. she was 15 years old, dropped out of high school and doing drugs. she came back, got back her son, went back to school and maintained a 3.66 g.p.a. at least until she graduated. that story -- and others but at least that's why we keep it going. we have amani hall who went
last year, and is now going as a chaperone this year. i'll give you a chance to hear from her. >> president hirsch: good evening. >> as he said, my name's imani hall. i went in 2015 for the first time, and when he asked me, i was, like -- he was like, yo, you want to go to africa? i want, like, i don't, do i want to go to africa? i don't know. i've never been on a plane, and this was, like, when ebola was out, and i go what do i need to do? he's like oh, you have to write
an essay. so i asked my mom, and she was, like, no. so i told him, my mom said no. so he said talk to her and all of this. long story short, i ended up going. i didn't think it would be what it was, but it was actually a great experience for me. i grew up privileged but i didn't have the best childhood, and i've been knowing j.j. since i was seven going to the club as a kid, and he watched me grow from a kid till now standing in front of you guys. and when i went, it was more so like a learning experience for me, an eye opener in a lot of ways. when i came back, i was more vigilant of my every day life, and just even the way i treat people, walking down the street because the love that they have out there was just so different from home, and i wanted to bring that back and share it with my community. and going back as a chaperone,
i was like -- he asked me again, and i'm, like, you sure you want me to go? and he was like yeah, i think you'd be the perfect fit. i'm only 20, but i see myself in a lost of tt of the kids th helped him mentor. yeah, when i went back, it was a different experience from what -- when i went as a kid or a student. because i wasn't as open-minded and willing to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, but i enjoyed going and a good opportunity, and all kids should be able to witness what i witnessed. >> president hirsch: good evening. >> how's everybody doing? my name is elijah gachard.
i'm going to be talking about genesis. this was my first year. i'm a junior. i knew good j.j. because i met him in omega i live and free. my mother talked to him a lot, and he talked to her about the program. i was going to do it my junior year, but i didn't. i have a sister, and i wanted us to both have the experience. project genesis, it was a little bit of a doozy. to me, having this opportunity for operation genesis is outstanding. it's a wonderful opportunity, one opportunity that i'm very grateful for, and being able to go on a trip to africa to the mother lands is outstanding in my opinion. all the hardship that i put
into this program is going to be worth it afterwards. [applause] >> president hirsch: thank you. [applause] >> i just wanted to add, the genesis is only one opportunity we have. we have another centered around the legal system because i'm a firm believer that a lot of people have issues with the legal system, whether it's criminal justice system as a whole or law enforcement, and i believe that one way you can bring about change is getting involved. we've been doing that -- this is our fifth year, as well. and body engineers is a fitness program we did at log cabin ranch before it got shutdown
where we would actually work out with the youth up there. and then try and mentor them and provide them opportunities when they got out. i'm very thankful for the position i was in. i really applaud chief scott for allowing me to do this. i think this is one of those things that sets sfpd apart from other agencies. i'm very thankful for that, and captain troy dangerfield always had my back. what we try to do in genesis is create a community where everyone feels welcome.
we have several people here, yeah, so thank you. any questions? >> president hirsch: yeah. i just want to ask you just a couple of quick questions. one, how do the young people spend their time, and do you stay with families? do you stay in other type of housing? >> while we're there? >> president hirsch: yeah. so we have it unique setup. when first get there, we make it real touristy. we go to the w.e. duboce museum. that's where he moved when he left here. then, we drive into the culture into villages, dancing and exchanging culture -- dancing, things like that, and they choose to exchange with us.
and then from there, we look at the connection between here and the united states and ghana, so slave rivers and slave fortresses and things like that. >> president hirsch: commissioner hamasaki. >> commissioner hamasaki: thank you. good evening, officer johnson. i just wanted to say thank you for putting this program together and thank you to the chief for allowing this to happen. it sounds like a good thing for the department and i really like that you're taking a practice active approach to -- proactive approach to policing, and we've been talking about that in a couple different capacities about that at the commission recently. how do we end up having these
people have these interactions and end up in the criminal justice system? so i just wanted to say thank you to you and the attendees. the people that participate, i think it's great that you're participating, and i look forward to hearing more about this program in the future. >> president hirsch: thank you. commissioner elias? >> commissioner elias: thank you. i want to commend you and thank you for your service to the youth especially in our community. i know that a lot of youth look up to you especially in the police department. the one thing i wanted to ask you about is funding. where do you get your funding and is there an opportunity to donate to your great cause? >> yeah. we have angel donors, people who help us. >> commissioner elias: is there a website?
>> yes. it's operation-genesis.org. >> president hirsch: thank you. >> i just want to make sure that we highlight and say thank you. i think when we look around this room. this speaks to what community policing can look like. i think that folks in the community, they don't even call him officers, it's j.j., that's how he's addressed. i've had the opportunity to spend people in the workshops that he hosted before they went to ghana. the one thing i wanted to highlight is the effect that it had an affect on not only the young people, but members of the community. it's reflective, and it's reciprocated. so commissioner elias definitely took the words out
of my mouth in figuring out how we can take more than the ten people that we're taking out. it's a heavy lift, but i want to say thank you for your work for all that you do, and i also want to say thank you to the young people for coming out and speaking. i encourage you to come back and be a chaperone and be a mentor to those who come behind you, and as we continue to climb, so i just wanted to say thank you. >> thank you. >> president hirsch: vice president taylor. >> vice president taylor: hi. that sounds incredible. i want to focus on the students. you guys did a wonderful presentation. thank you so much for you guys coming and speaking to us. i hope you come back, elijah, after your experience, and talk
to us. and i want to plug operation-genesis.org. [inaudible] >> president hirsch: thank you all. >> thank you. so before -- before commander walsh comes up, i just want to say, too, i'd like to give credit to my predecessor because we have a lot of talent in the san francisco police department, but to take a risk and allow that to fluorish, to take j.j.'s idea and allow him to degree that program, that was -- grow that program, that i chief sur. i think we owe chief sur a debt of gratitude for allowing it to
takeoff. also, on another note, tenderloin is doing another field trip, and the officers in these field trips, they take time to engage with the youth. they tour the neighborhood, they discuss safety tips, but there's over 4,000 children that live in the tenderloin. it's really the most populated part of the city in terms of families and children. so that type of work, to commissioner brookter's point is what we are about and what we need to be about. so good work for tenderloin. they -- the pal for cadet program, 20 cadets participated in the lay long event, exposing them to law enforcement. when we -- day long event, exposing them to law enforcement. it really is toet th let them o
wherever they want to go. to the cadet program, officer dangerfield's here, it's another good step in community engagement with our youth. and lastly, i wanted to mention our youth police roundtable that we did last night with the youth commission. commissioner dejesus was there, and it was great to see the meeting facilitated. we have some really bright young people in this city. we hope that we will continue and do them quarterly, but i just want to give my hats off to the youth commission. we've been talking about making this happen since i got here,
but they did all the work. it was a really nice event. so next, we have commander pete walsh. >> president hirsch: before, i wanted to say to j.j., thank you for doing this. before, i couldn't get my button -- but yeah, commissioner turman, talking about angel investors, i know he really loved this program and it really meant a lot to him. he increased the number of kids going. i know he's looking at this, going thank you. what we heard the last time, what they said after being there is very important. i'm glad you mentioned chief sur. i understand he went last year and didn't follow the rules -- but yeah, he had a good trip, and it was an eye opener for him. >> okay. good evening, commander. good evening, president hirsch, commissioners. commander peter walsh from the
chief of staff's office. i am here to discuss i guess general order 3.16 which was recently revised in december 2018, which governs how we release police reports. this is be a high level kind of vi view. our general customers or people who use this are generally the public and the media. i'm not going to get into insurance companies and other law enforcement, which is a little different, but just the two major consumers of police reports and also d.p.a., there's a whole other process for that. so generally, the department accepts the request via the web, e-mail, mail, or the u.s. post office. and also, if you walk up to the counter at 1245 third street, which is the cisu or crime information services unit. a report can be released by the
following people, the assigned investigator the officer in charge of their unit, the regular management section or cisu if the case is not assigned to a particular unit. so that's generally where someone does an on-line report with no suspect, where it might be general inventory from their auto booster. media or the public information office in conversation with the assigned officer. if the case is assigned, they would still reach out to the assigned officer unit or investigator sometimes the p.e.o. there are things that can be released in the general order. it's may and shall in the discretion. it's enumerated. they either touch upon the san francisco administrative code
as it relates to sunshine or we can invoke the government code for some reasons not to release the report. and then, there's four that we shall not release that are also governed by the vehicle code, penal code or welfare and institutions code. so again, these may be denied for the following reasons. any report there's a danger or safety to the people involved. danger to law enforcement, would would endanger the successful completion of a report, identity of a confidential informant. the name of any victim of sexual assault who specifically requests that confidentiality. medical or other information constituting an unwarranted invasion of privacy and lastly any person detained pursuant to welfare and institutions code
5150. so the next list, which is in 3.16 who -- they shall be denied for the following reasons: juvenile suspect arrested or detained or any information that might lead to their identity, we need a court order to release those cases. vehicle collisions with injury or death. there are vehicle code exceptions to that, and that's kind of where we get into insurance attorneys for people involved in the collision, etc. any report regarding child abuse or any report of assaultive or abusive behavior made confidential by the crime code, and lastly, any victim of sexual assault. so specifically from cisu which holds the majority of these reports, they receive annually
roughly 20,000 requests per year. and again, the person can go to the website, e-mail, etc. the way cisu -- the way it's assigned, they will generally not release it directly. so for instance if you are the victim of a robbery, and just for the insurance purposes, you need the items that you listed on that report, they would go to the robbery inspector or the officer in charge of robbery, they would make the appropriate redactions or if there was issues to -- where they didn't want the pending victim to know, we wouldn't necessarily turn it over to do that. but all reports generally go to an investigative section unless
they're basically a property report. could be fax, u.s. mail, e-mail, etc. in the event an investigative unit elects not to release a report, they do get a cover letter. it's provided to the requester and it lists why we rejected that request. so if it falls under one of the 6200 categories, etc. once the entire request has been produced and returned to the requester or denied, the entire packet is downloaded into laser fiche, and that's how cisu tracks and has a permanent record of what happened in that transaction. the sworn public officers check with the investigators the status of the investigation,
whether it's open or closed and discuss whether information if released could compromise an ongoing investigation. otherwise, we will release the information in accordance with 6254 f of the government code -- and i'll do a quick bullet point, the time, substance and location of all complaints for the assistant received by the agency and the time and nature of the response, information regarding the alleged crimes or committed crimes or any other incident investigated is reported. the time and date, location of the reports, time and date of the report. name and age of the victim unt unless they fall into one of those circumstances. general date and time of the incident, general property or weapons. after 90 days all reports, we generally deny those.
if the request -- if a copy of the request for the record by the press, the p.i.o. also consult with the d.a.'s office to determine if it is an open case in the sense of prosecution because obviously, we close a case and deliver it over to the d.a., and could this affect the integrity of that case and the effect of them completing that. media does not provide information on cases involving juveniles other than general information, again, what's under 6250. in cases involving sex crimes, 5150 or sex cases, there is be
no names released. they'll redact sensitive data from the report will be releasing it to the press. and that is -- that is the general way we release police reports. >> president hirsch: i want to ask you to go over one item i didn't quite follow. what happens after 90 days? >> 90 days, so if you had somebody who was arrested or if they were a suspect and had a subsequent arrest, that information that might be identifying becomes quarry information, so it becomes a little more strict on the release. so i could tell you within the first 90 days your booking photo, who arrested you and things like that. after 90 days, there's a timeline that shuts that down hirs. >> president hirsch: and is that statutory or what shuts that done? >> i believe that's statutory.
i'll defer to the city attorney. >> it actually comes from case law. >> president hirsch: commissioner did commissioner dejesus? >> commissioner dejesus: they're not allowed to go into a crime scene and take pictures, isn't that part of the same general order that you're talking about? >> no. 3.16 just directly deals with how we release the reports, and the two reports that i talked about were the general public and media, not actually media being at a crime scene. >> so 8.09, media relations talks about crime scenes and the media and juvenile not allowed onto the premises of an open crime scene, is that right and -- is that right? >> yes. >> generally speaking? let me ask you about these
reports. when a police officer takes a report, do they do it on their handhelds or they do it at the station house? >> they do it at the station. >> and does the department own the computers at the station house? >> yes. >> commissioner dejesus: and does the department control the information that was -- own and control the information that was provided in the computer. >> i would assume so. >> commissioner dejesus: that's the property of the police department. once they're made, they're in your custody, and control, the department's. >> that's correct, but to an extent. the information, where it's mine to give or take, there are laws and regulations that don't allow us to necessarily keep those. i don't know if ownership is the right word. there are processes that we're -- >> commissioner dejesus: right, and that's what i wanted to get to. they're the property of the department unless certain rules are followed.
government code, certain requests. everybody has to make it the -- the requests, but they have to do it through the department or other means? i forgot that -- didn't we just get a letter today? they -- they make public records requests, right? go through a process to get a police report? >> anybody can make a public reports request. >> commissioner dejesus: you don't just give anybody access. >> yes, unless you're d.p.a. >> okay. i'm not talking about d.p.a., i'm talking about the police department. at the police department, you have the copy machines, e-mails, all of that is all property of the department, is that right? >> yes. >> commissioner dejesus: so i guess what i'm trying to get at is these are very important reports, they're confidential especially when there's an ongoing investigation. what do you have in place to
prevent somebody within the department of making a copy or a transfer or e-mailing a report off the premises without going through the channels that you just described for us? >> the general order, which says that these are the ways that you release the record. but the whole thing that you describes as far as making copies, that is generally the flow of how reports are made. so for instance, officer writes a report, it is signed off by a sergeant and a lieutenant. from there, those reports generally get printed out to go to the investigative detail so they have that hard copy, for instance, at a c.i.d. unit. >> commissioner dejesus: so you have the report, and you printed out -- it's all within the department, it's for official business within the department. it is for official departments within the department that those reports can be distribute does, is that right?
>> correct. >> commissioner dejesus: all right. so what do you have in place to prevent an employee from e-mailing, copying, or transferring police reports outside the department without going through the protocol. >> other than 3.16, we don't have anything. it's based in those reports and the station itself, we're asking the officers to follow the general orders like any other orders. >> commissioner dejesus: so let me ask you this. photographs. are they taken with a camera, incorporated into the commuter, included in the report? >> so i'll just give you a couple of examples so that it's clear. officers could use their cell phone -- department cell phone. officers could ask to have a snapshot -- sometimes the suspect you're chasing get away. you can take a still from a
camera get that. there's a myriad of ways, but there's all relates to the reports that the police department uses. >> commissioner dejesus: and they're all stored through the property unless someone goes through and requests a release of the pictures. >> right. it's all about the release. >> commissioner dejesus: how do we request in a the pictures be released without going through this same general process? >> yes. you would have to be following the same general order. physically, what woue would be asking is to lockdown all cell phones, physical machines, and copy machines. that would cause a station to grind to a halt because they have activity going all the
time. >> commissioner dejesus: do we have any type of protocol where in order to access copy, transfer -- not within the department but off the department other people who are not on the list or who have requested it, do we have a way to track that? do we have an i.d. when they're making a copy? is it pripted to put those little things and put a thumb drive and copy it down? are machines capable of listing when they're being down loaded and identifying who's downloading it? >> i don't want to seem evasive. i understand what this line of questioning's for, but we're starting to get into investigative leads that we might get into in any investigative case. so to start announcing what i can and can't do --
>> commissioner dejesus: i don't want to get into that. i just want to know do with he have any safeguards in the department to prevent people from turning it over to wrong people in the department or chain of command. >> commissioner dejesus: now if these reports are released improperly, are there other -- i assume 2.0 would come into play, if somebody violated these rules -- the general rules of conduct, if those are have a lated, then you're saying that officers -- whoever uses it, i don't know -- they could be punished. >> if there was a burglary, and the report divulges confidential information.
>> commissioner dejesus: and automatic officers know the general -- all officers know the general order. i think you're talking about section 48, compromise in an investigation, section 49, divulging confidential information, all officers are supposed to know that, correct? >> yes. >> commissioner dejesus: i guess one of the -- i can't find it right now. i guess -- i was looking at, and i guess this is the by the bye. i was looking at the jussie smollett case, and he went to the public, and the police said they're opening an investigation into the leaks of their report because they sometimes have the issues in a we're having here. i guess i just want to know if we can let the public know that
we're taking care of business. i just know with this case, if they're up front and center, that leaks will not be allowed in our department. >> yes, sir. and we actually put out a statement when this first came to our attention. this is a very serious matter, and it's going to be investigated as such, and it'll go from there. it is a very serious matter, and we do want the public to know that unauthorized leaks of information is totally unacceptable. it's -- it hurts the department, it hurts our credibility, it hurts our trust with the public and it's unacceptable. it is, and the investigation is ongoing. >> commissioner dejesus: thank you. >> president hirsch: my understanding is d.p.a. is also conducting an investigation? >> that is correct. we opened an investigation almost immediately from when the information first started appearing as it started appearing in the press, we started getting complaints that
we initiated an investigation. >> president hirsch: thank you. commissioner hamasaki. >> commissioner hamasaki: so we're not dealing with any new d.g.o. or defendants, this is just to give us information on what's in the d.g.o.? >> that's how to authorize release of a police report is what was asked for? >> commissioner hamasaki: no, i think the last part clarified this. thank you. >> president hirsch: thank you very much. >> thank you. thank you commissioners. >> president hirsch: anything else from the chief? anything else on your -- no, commissioner, that's it for the police report. >> clerk: there's a presentation. >> oh, there's one other, women's history. just like the commission and the public to see this.
[video] >> that was fantastic. thank you. >> thank you, commissioners, and we really want to highlight the great work that's been done by the women of the san francisco police department, and we have a lot of people that are contributing to those efforts. the p.o.a. had the women's committee that i meet with regularly.
lieutenant sergeant kilshaw was a big part in making this video happen, and really what it amounts to is our recruitment. last two classes have been 20% or higher women, which is great. we're below 15% women right now as far as our sworn percentage, but we do think that we can make a difference here, and we want to really highlight the great work that's been done, so i want to thank publicly everybody that helped, you know, to put this video together. director stevenson is here, and sergeant kilshaw, although she's not here tonight, is a big part of this effort. so just want to point this out and will continue to do it. >> thank you. >> president hirsch: okay. thank you. we're ready for the next item. >> clerk: line item 1-b, d.p.a. director's report. report on recent d.p.a. activities and announcements. d.p.a. report will be limited to a brief discussion of d.p.a. discussions and announcements.
>> president hirsch: good evening, director henderson. >> good evening. in terms of the numbers, we are at 127 new cases that have been opened this year. that's up from the 101 cases that we were at this time last year. in terms of cases closed, that number's up to 119, versus the 96 we were up to last year. in terms of total cases, we're at 293, versus 245 which is where we were at last year. the sustain cases were also up. we closed out a number of new cases this week. we're now at 16 that we've closed out this year, versus five last year. of the cases that are -- that have taken longer in their investigation for closure, we are down now to 24 cases, 19 of those cases have been tolled,
so five of them are now not tolled beyond the 270-day mark. we're at 27 this time last year. we also have mediated four cases, which is the same amount we'd mediated last year at this time. in terms of community engagement, there's been a couple of activities within the department, two that i'll just mention. the hearing -- the hearings last week, the d.p.a. was called to testify, talking about the work that the organization does with independent investigations was explained as part of an evaluation with the sheriff's office about independent investigations. so i think it's great that the department is being used as a model to define and art late
what best practices look like for parallel tracks for independent investigation. so that was last week. we'll see where those discussions go. the other thing was just today, i -- [inaudible] >> -- designed for our youth to be applying for the paid positions that are available during the summer. a lot of the city departments were there in force, including the d.p.a. and the police department and the number of appointed and elected city officials. i moderated the panel, but i'm looking forward to the panel of students that we're getting over the summer that are interested in working with public service. and here, i think that's it for our report. i'd just like to mention in the audience today, i have a number
of folks from the office in case issues come up. our new senior clerk, whitney holmes is here, and candace carpenter. also joining me is one of the interns, elijah. thank you for joining me tonight, elijah. >> thank you. commissioners? >> i want to thank you for what you do and congratulate you and i think it's a great you to take over what the sheriff's department needs.
i know it involves more than just a request, but i know it involves a lot of planning. >> president hirsch: okay. thank you. next item on the agenda? >> clerk: line item 1-c. commissioner reports. commission reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements. commission discussion will be limited to determine to calendar any of the issues raised for a future commission meeting. commission president's report. commissioner's reports, status update regarding sb 1421. >> president hirsch: my report is this. i had previously mentioned that i'll be asking commissioners to give a brief summary of the work they're doing for the commission at one of these meetings, and i've decided to ask us to do that at our third
meeting -- [inaudible] >> commissioner mazzucco: -- that's all as a result as we're trying to figure out how many officers we need. i did that myself and commissioner elias were on a call with the ab 1421 working group regarding our progress and moving to a commission resolution regarding uniformity of complainted in the police
department. [inaudible] >> commissioner mazzucco: what the officers talked to the high school students is great, and we have one young officer in our department who talked about he has his master's and his under graduate degree. he only graduated from high school in 2011, but his father was killed in a drive-by shooting when he was 11 years old, and he talks to students about why he became a police officer and the challenges of being an african american police officer in the city.
he talked about how they treat everybody with respect, and that's what they did. if they're having a bad day, they're seeing you at their worst moment. so it was a good position to be in on behalf of the commission. >> president hirsch: commissioner elias. >> commissioner elias: i wanted to follow up on the 1421 status. i wanted to commend the city attorney mirroring the policy that we will be rolling out after the statute that was instituted. it's my understanding that the p.o.a. has filed a lawsuit regarding the retroactivity of the resolution and that's to be held on may 3. it's my understanding that no records have been released by the police department to any p.r.a. requests that have been made after the law wass