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regarding our homeless, the quality of life issues in the bayview and concerns, we're meeting regularly with hsoc and department of public health to address concerns we have two officers work full-time at bayview station assigned to homeless outreach. we're actively in the community every day addressing the community offering service, making referrals to help improve on our homeless concerns in the community. then with the trust and accountability reform, i think part of that is just with us talking the community. our foot beat out every day talking to the merchants in the community. they are out in the street and go into businesses. our officers are out talking to
people within our housing project and engaging the community and trying to reassure them and make sure they understand they're being heard. with our resources, i think we're ahead of you but there's always room for improvement with technology since it's a fast-growing thing. then with diversity, the district is diverse. and we want them to know we understand them and can meet them where they are and can all
work together. that is the end of my presentation and if there's any questions i'm happy to answer them. >> on the part one crime statistics, i want to know if i'm reading this right. the homicide year to date last year was five and year to date nine. so there's been an increase in this year over last year. then for burglary and autotheft and i'm concerned about the homicides and the rate obviously. i want to know if bayview has the resources and help you need to be able to address this.
>> since i've been at bayview station we have had three homicide. so you know, at one point i worked in homicide as sergeant prior to my assignment at bayview. i was the captain of major crimes and overseeing the homicide unit. i'm very passionate about any homicides in the city and particularly in the bay view. yes, i am getting the resources i need. the chief is concerned and the command staff has been available in giving me resources which have been deployed on a regular basis each week to help address crimes and to be the visual deterrent. and i don't expect moving forward, god willing, that our numbers will continue to increase. >> thing on the human trafficking, is that -- i don't know what that means?
it seems like these are really low numbers and seems good but i don't know if it's difficult to track or means something different. >> i think it's somewhat difficult to track. in order to track it, it has to be reported. as we all know with human trafficking it's one of those things rarely report. it's more so reported in downtown where there's -- they're more visual but here when it happens it's not on the streets. don't typically have people walking around that you can engage and have conversations with so if people don't call the police we're not aware or given information it's possibly occurring. >> thank you for the presentation and the work you're doing. >> my pleasure.
>> any other questions from commissioners? >> thank you for the presentation. i thought it was great. i want to go back to the staffing on page 5. i was wondering what the captain's staff, the three officers and two civilians do, what their role is as the captain's staff. >> well, two of the civilians for example, one was my secretary that was kind enough to work the power point presentation. she's one of the civilians on my captain staff. the other civilian is the station's facilities person. he deals with things involving the station and assisting us with events and things like that and solving problems. then the three officers moin captain staff, they work directly for me. they assisted with putting together this power point. they help with all the events that we have in the district
they deal with community issues. they work at the pleasure of the captain helping you as a captain facilitate whatever have you going on in the district. >> my other follow-up question is respect to the plain clothes officers, there's seven of them. is that number high? i remember going to other district stations and they amount they had was lower? >> well, each district is different. as you know, when you look at crime as a whole in any city but particularly in san francisco, it's important to staff your officers in positions that reflect the needs of the district. so in the bayview, for example werk have five areas of housing projects. our plain clothes officers are actively working those projects
with housing officers. the plain clothed officers in the bayview get more guns off the street than in any other part of the city and also assist our gang task force unit, our homicide unit and when we have acquisitions from other cities that come in to san francisco a lot of times their cases relate to the bayview. and that's why we have six. it's just based on the needs of the district. >> any other questions from commissioners? >> on page 9, the focus on the five and looking at 2017 at 40% and 2018, 28%. i'm trying to understand how to read that.
>> it mean in 2017, 20% of the sites done were in the group on the focus of the five. the police depend's priority is on the lights, stop sign and failure to yield and failing to yield when make left turn. that's what the numbers represent. what i will say is if you look at the chart, you will see, yes, a lot of more tickets were written in 2017 but we've worked to correct that and why we have three officers assigned specifically to do traffic
i get that. i thought focus on the five was seven to eight and where people will work on the traffic lights. i thought we were aggressively enforcing that and wondering how to interpret this. is 28% a good number or one that needs to be improved on. that's what i was trying to get a handle on. [off mic]
>> good evening. i wanted to follow-up on one of the points you raised with the strategies on page 7. it seemed like or that homelessness and quality of life and mental health are there a substantial portion of what you're dealing with now and if so has it increased? since come back to bayview, it has increased but i think there's a lot of reasons. we're working hard with the
community and with other agency to address homelessness and mental health issues. >> okay. you think you're having success in working with the other agencies in addressing the issues? >> yes, we've had great success. one current success i can talk about is the san francisco produce market. it's a huge market that serves pressure produce all over the city and it was a large encampment and we've worked together on how to clean up the area and remove the homeless how to secure it and we had meeting and came up with a plan over a
month so outreach can take place. we never want to just displace someone so the plan was to meet with them and try to figure out who wanted to go to a navigation center. what was in need of what services and were children needed to be considered. they were told we'll do an vacci evacuation of the site. we came in with hsoc and d.p.a. and clean up the whole site. to this day that site is still clean. we don't want it anywhere but you have a business dealing with food and it's important things are sanitary, it was concerning.
that was a great combined effort project. that was one of many. >> is there a navigation center out here? >> yes, in bayshore. it hasn't been here long and it's been successful and we have people who regularly go to mother brown. when she can't take you in, she's specified to me she has people that fix 350 sandwiches at night. say you show up late night and you can't come in but you're hungry. you can at least get something to eat. that's amazing because it shows kindness because no one should be hungry in the city. >> thank you very much. >> my pleasure. there's the church across the street and that feeds folks well. first and foremost, captain,
thank you for the presentation. i want to commend you for your work and step kneeing station and you've been -- stepping into the station and you've been visible and i want to note that as a redent in the district -- resident in the district. 84% of the people in the district don't identify as white and 62% officers tlaetd station who identify -- at the station who identify as being white. when we talk about ensure diversity inclussive -- inclusive workforce what are we doing? that's one part and the second part and this you addressed the community is relationship based but how's it look nor -- for the
62% of folks involved in the process and hope we're not utilizing the 38% that reflect the community. >> anyone who comes to the bayview and works is a really unique officer. bayview is not like anywhere else and once you work there they say you can work anywhere in the city. everyone here is officers who want to be here. i don't want you in the bayview if you're not going to be fully engaged in the community. if you're not comfortable with people who don't necessarily look like you and if you're not fully committed to participating in activity in the bayview. we're still striving even through recruitment to get more diversity into the department which is a challenge but we're still striving to do that and striving to improve our numbers
>> absolutely. that in reference to the 96a report we've been reviewing thoroughly. thank you. >> i do have a question for you also. it's about the advisory board. the captain's advisory board. i'm curious, who's on there, how they get selected and what issues come up and how do you deal with the issues raised at your advisory board? the captain's advisory board work at the pleasure of the captain. they're assigned to work on projects i deem are important
within the district. i have a total of 14 people on the advisory board. it's a very diverse advisory board when covers the district in terms of what part of the district they come from. my requirement was people willing to work and attend meetings. i doesn't want somebody signed up but doesn't have the time to come in and do the work. it required a commitment from those individuals and then what they do is when we have a meeting, it could be talking about national night out. they've been working on several things within the district. some of them are concerns of mine. some are things they may have
mentioned or a thing community may have brought to my tension. so we meet and they have sub-commitees that work on the project. they're selected by me, basically. >> thank you so much for the presentation and hosting us. i appreciate it. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> ready for the next item. >> clerk: line item 3, general public comment. public is welcome to address the commission with items on the agenda and items that do not appear on the agenda but within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission. speakers shall address the commission as a whole and not individual commissioner or department or d.p.a. personnel. under police commission rules of order, during public comment neither police or personnel or commissioners are required to
respond but may provide a brief response. individual commissioners and personnel should refrain from entering into debate or discussion with speakers during public comment. >> anybody want to make a general public comment? this is the time. please come up to the mic if you don't mind. >> i'm alonzo walker. life time resident of bayview hunters point. it's a pleasure to be here.
i get on the internet and do some research and i was born here and i live at 57 building 18, 57 section d. i was hear when the riots took place in 1966. when the national guard marched down third street here in this opera house and there used to be a pool hall here. they shot the opera house up and i wasn't shot but a friend of mine. i knew the individual who lived in the house that got shot. i've lived in bayview hunters point all my life and passionate about the opportunities made available to the residents in bayview hunters point but when
you spoke about homelessness, these are things i became aware of through my research. trying to hold the redevelopment agency san francisco housing authority and hud to what they're supposed to do for upholding the interest of the area they go in to make the changes for the community. the department of public works. the department of housing and urban development, excuse me. the san francisco department of housing are in violation of
three various codes that require them to do certain things. one is 33334.3, 33334.4. these are requirements where the department is supposed to have a database up for public review to show where the available of housing put into development for the agency and now the office of infrastructure and community development an investment. to take a long story short, the homelessness you talked about in report 34171.1. it's a requirement for the
office of infrastructure and investment and the department of housing to ensure the percentage of housing required through legislation be made available and occupied by those individuals that is specified in that particular legislation. >> commissioner: i have to ask you to wrap it up. we have a three-minute limit. >> okay. when you spoke with the homelessness, the mayor's office of housing and community development hasn't extend the
funding made available and extended the money towards homelessness. there's money there and more than willing to work with anyone from the police department or commissioner for oversight or one who holds those entities account and for the people in the community and for the people to realize the benefit they're entitled to and not just a bunch of smoke and talk. >> commissioner: okay. thank you. any other speakers? members who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. next agenda item. >> clerk: line item 4, adjournment action. >> commissioner: we have a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> commissioner: all in favor of adjournment. >> aye. >> opposed. >> we are adjourned. thank you.
i perform autopsy, review medical records and write reports. also integrate other sorts of testing data to determine cause and manner of death. i have been here at this facility since i moved here in november, and previous to that at the old facility. i was worried when we moved here that because this building is so much larger that i wouldn't see people every day. i would miss my personal interactions with the other employees, but that hasn't been the case. this building is very nice. we have lovely autopsy tables and i do get to go upstairs and down stairs several times a day to see everyone else i work with. we have a bond like any other group of employees that work for a specific agency in san francisco. we work closely on each case to determine the best cause of
death, and we also interact with family members of the diseased. that brings us closer together also. >> i am an investigator two at the office of the chief until examiner in san francisco. as an investigator here i investigate all manners of death that come through our jurisdiction. i go to the field interview police officers, detectives, family members, physicians, anyone who might be involved with the death. additionally i take any property with the deceased individual and take care and custody of that. i maintain the chain and custody for court purposes if that becomes an issue later and notify next of kin and make any additional follow up phone callsness with that particular death. i am dealing with people at the worst possible time in their lives delivering the worst news they could get. i work with the family to help
them through the grieving process. >> i am ricky moore, a clerk at the san francisco medical examiner's office. i assist the pathology and toxicology and investigative team around work close with the families, loved ones and funeral establishment. >> i started at the old facility. the building was old, vintage. we had issues with plumbing and things like that. i had a tiny desk. i feet very happy to be here in the new digs where i actually have room to do my work. >> i am sue pairing, the toxicologist supervisor. we test for alcohol, drugs and poisons and biological substances. i oversee all of the lab operations.
the forensic operation here we perform the toxicology testing for the human performance and the case in the city of san francisco. we collect evidence at the scene. a woman was killed after a robbery homicide, and the dna collected from the zip ties she was bound with ended up being a cold hit to the suspect. that was the only investigative link collecting the scene to the suspect. it is nice to get the feedback. we do a lot of work and you don't hear the result. once in a while you heard it had an impact on somebody. you can bring justice to what happened. we are able to take what we due to the next level. many of our counterparts in other states, cities or countries don't have the resources and don't have the beautiful building and the
equipmentness to really advance what we are doing. >> sometimes we go to court. whoever is on call may be called out of the office to go to various portions of the city to investigate suspicious deaths. we do whatever we can to get our job done. >> when we think that a case has a natural cause of death and it turns out to be another natural cause of death. unexpected findings are fun. >> i have a prior background in law enforcement. i was a police officer for 8 years. i handled homicides and suicides. i had been around death investigation type scenes. as a police officer we only handled minimal components then it was turned over to the coroner or the detective division. i am intrigued with those types of calls. i wondered why someone died.
i have an extremely supportive family. older children say, mom, how was your day. i can give minor details and i have an amazing spouse always willing to listen to any and all details of my day. without that it would be really hard to deal with the negative components of this job. >> being i am a native of san francisco and grew up in the community. i come across that a lot where i may know a loved one coming from the back way or a loved one seeking answers for their deceased. there are a lot of cases where i may feel affected by it. if from is a child involved or things like that. i try to not bring it home and not let it affect me. when i tell people i work at the medical examiners office. whawhat do you do?
the autopsy? i deal with the a with the enou- with the administrative and the families. >> most of the time work here is very enjoyable. >> after i started working with dead people, i had just gotten married and one night i woke up in a cold sweat. i thought there was somebody dead? my bed. i rolled over and poked the body. sure enough, it was my husband who grumbled and went back to sleep. this job does have lingering effects. in terms of why did you want to go into this? i loved science growing up but i didn't want to be a doctor and didn't want to be a pharmacist. the more i learned about forensics how interested i was of the perfect combination
between applied science and criminal justice. if you are interested in finding out the facts and truth seeking to find out what happened, anybody interested in that has a place in this field. >> being a woman we just need to go for it and don't let anyone fail you, you can't be. >> with regard to this position in comparison to crime dramas out there, i would say there might be some minor correlations. let's face it, we aren't hollywood, we are real world. yes we collect evidence. we want to preserve that. we are not scanning fingerprints in the field like a hollywood television show. >> families say thank you for what you do, for me that is extremely fulfilling. somebody has to do my job. if i can make a situation that is really negative for someone
more positive, then i feel like i am doing the right thing for the city of san francisco. we spoke with people regardless of what they are. that is when you see change. that is a lead vannin advantage. so law enforcement assistance diversion to work with individuals with nonviolent related of offenses to offer an alternative to an arrest and the county jail. >> we are seeing reduction in drug-related crimes in the pilot area. >> they have done the program for quite a while. they are successful in reducing
the going to the county jail. >> this was a state grant that we applied for. the department is the main administrator. it requires we work with multiple agencies. we have a community that includes the da, rapid transit police and san francisco sheriff's department and law enforcement agencies, public defender's office and adult probation to work together to look at the population that ends up in criminal justice and how they will not end up in jail. >> having partners in the nonprofit world and the public defender are critical to the success. we are beginning to succeed because we have that
cooperation. >> agencies with very little connection are brought together at the same table. >> collaboration is good for the department. it gets us all working in the same direction. these are complex issues we are dealing with. >> when you have systems as complicated as police and health and proation and jails and nonprofits it requires people to come to work together so everybody has to put their egos at the door. we have done it very, very well. >> the model of care where police, district attorney, public defenders are community-based organizations are all involved to worked towards the common goal. nobody wants to see drug users in jail. they want them to get the correct treatment they need. >> we are piloting lead in san
francisco. close to civic center along market street, union plaza, powell street and in the mission, 16th and mission. >> our goal in san francisco and in seattle is to work with individuals who are cycling in and out of criminal justice and are falling through the cracks and using this as intervention to address that population and the racial disparity we see. we want to focus on the mission in tender loan district. >> it goes to the partners that hired case managers to deal directly with the clients. case managers with referrals from the police or city agencies connect with the person to determine what their needs are and how we can best meet those
needs. >> i have nobody, no friends, no resources, i am flat-out on my own. i witnessed women getting beat, men getting beat. transgenders getting beat up. i saw people shot, stabbed. >> these are people that have had many visits to the county jail in san francisco or other institutions. we are trying to connect them with the resources they need in the community to break out of that cycle. >> all of the referrals are coming from the law enforcement agency. >> officers observe an offense. say you are using. it is found out you are in possession of drugs, that constituted a lead eligible defense. >> the officer would talk to the individual about participating in the program instead of being
booked into the county jail. >> are you ever heard of the leads program. >> yes. >> are you part of the leads program? do you have a case worker? >> yes, i have a case manager. >> when they have a contact with a possible lead referral, they give us a call. ideally we can meet them at the scene where the ticket is being issued. >> primarily what you are talking to are people under the influence of drugs but they will all be nonviolent. if they were violent they wouldn't qualify for lead. >> you think i am going to get arrested or maybe i will go to jail for something i just did because of the substance abuse issues i am dealing with. >> they would contact with the outreach worker. >> then glide shows up, you are not going to jail. we can take you. let's meet you where you are
without telling you exactly what that is going to look like, let us help you and help you help yourself. >> bring them to the community assessment and services center run by adult probation to have assessment with the department of public health staff to assess the treatment needs. it provides meals, groups, there are things happening that make it an open space they can access. they go through detailed assessment about their needs and how we can meet those needs. >> someone who would have entered the jail system or would have been arrested and book order the charge is diverted to social services. then from there instead of them going through that system, which hasn't shown itself to be an effective way to deal with people suffering from suable
stance abuse issues they can be connected with case management. they can offer services based on their needs as individuals. >> one of the key things is our approach is client centered. hall reduction is based around helping the client and meeting them where they are at in terms of what steps are you ready to take? >> we are not asking individuals to do anything specific at any point in time. it is a program based on whatever it takes and wherever it takes. we are going to them and working with them where they feel most comfortable in the community. >> it opens doors and they get access they wouldn't have had otherwise. >> supports them on their goals. we are not assigning goals working to come up with a plan what success looks like to them. >> because i have been in the field a lot i can offer different choices and let them decide which one they want to go
down and help them on that path. >> it is all on you. we are here to guide you. we are not trying to force you to do what you want to do or change your mind. it is you telling us how you want us to help you. >> it means a lot to the clients to know there is someone creative in the way we can assist them. >> they pick up the phone. it was a blessing to have them when i was on the streets. no matter what situation, what pay phone, cell phone, somebody else's phone by calling them they always answered. >> in office-based setting somebody at the reception desk and the clinician will not work for this population of drug users on the street. this has been helpful to see the outcome. >> we will pick you up, take you to the appointment, get you food
on the way and make sure your needs are taken care of so you are not out in the cold. >> first to push me so i will not be afraid to ask for help with the lead team. >> can we get you to use less and less so you can function and have a normal life, job, place to stay, be a functioning part of the community. it is all part of the home reduction model. you are using less and you are allowed to be a viable member of the society. this is an important question where lead will go from here. looking at the data so far and seeing the successes and we can build on that and as the department based on that where the investments need to go. >> if it is for five months. >> hopefully as final we will come up with a model that may
help with all of the communities in the california. >> i want to go back to school to start my ged and go to community clean. >> it can be somebody scaled out. that is the hope anyway. >> is a huge need in the city. depending on the need and the data we are getting we can definitely see an expansion. >> we all hope, obviously, the program is successful and we can implement it city wide. i think it will save the county millions of dollars in emergency services, police services, prosecuting services. more importantly, it will save lives.
as a society we've basically failed big portion of our population if you think about the basics of food, shelter safety a lot of people don't have any of those i'm mr. cookie can't speak for all the things but i know say, i have ideas how we can address the food issue. >> open the door and walk through that don't just stand looking out. >> as they grew up in in a how would that had access to good food and our parent cooked this is how you feed yours this is
not happening in our country this is a huge pleasure i'm david one of the co-founder so about four year ago we worked with the serviced and got to know the kid one of the things we figured out was that they didn't know how to cook. >> i heard about the cooking school through the larkin academy a. >> their noting no way to feed themselves so they're eating a lot of fast food and i usually eat whatever safeway is near my home a lot of hot food i was excited that i was eating lunch enough instead of what and eat. >> as i was inviting them over teaching them basic ways to fix
good food they were so existed. >> particle learning the skills and the food they were really go it it turned into the is charity foundation i ran into my friend we were talking about this this do you want to run this charity foundations and she said, yes. >> i'm a co-found and executive director for the cooking project our best classes participation for 10 students are monday they're really fun their chief driven classes we have a different guest around the city they're our stand alone cola's we had a series or series still city of attorney's office style of classes our final are night life diners.
>> santa barbara shall comes in and helps us show us things and this is one the owners they help us to socialize and i've been here about a year. >> we want to be sure to serve as many as we can. >> the san francisco cooking school is an amazing amazing partner. >> it is doing that in that space really elevates the space for the kids special for the chief that make it easy for them to come and it really makes the experience pretty special. >> i'm sutro sue set i'm a chief 2, 3, 4 san francisco. >> that's what those classes afford me the opportunity it breakdown the barriers and is this is not scary this is our choice about you many times this
is a feel good what it is that you give them is an opportunity you have to make it seem like it's there for them for the taking show them it is their and they can do that. >> hi, i'm antonio the chief in san francisco. >> the majority of kids at that age in order to get them into food they need to see something simple and the evidence will show and easy to produce i want to make sure that people can do it with a bowl and spoon and burner and one pan. >> i like is the receipts that are simple and not feel like it's a burden to make foods the cohesives show something eased. >> i go for vera toilet so
someone can't do it or its way out of their range we only use 6 ingredients i can afford 6 ingredient what good is showing you them something they can't use but the sovereignties what are you going to do more me you're not successful. >> we made a vegetable stir-fry indicators he'd ginger and onion that is really affordable how to balance it was easy to make the food we present i loved it if i having had access to a kitchen i'd cook more. >> some of us have never had a kitchen not taught how to cookie wasn't taught how to cook.
>> i have a great appreciation for programs that teach kids food and cooking it is one of the healthiest positive things you can communicate to people that are very young. >> the more programs like the cooking project in general that can have a positive impact how our kids eat is really, really important i believe that everybody should venting to utilize the kitchen and meet other kids their age to identify they're not alone and their ways in which to pick yours up and move forward that. >> it is really important to me the opportunity exists and so i do everything in my power to keep it that. >> we'll have our new
headquarters in the heart of the tenderloin at taylor and kushlg at the end of this summer 2014 we're really excited. >> a lot of the of the conditions in san francisco they have in the rest of the country so our goal to 257bd or expand out of the san francisco in los angeles and then after that who know. >> we'd never want to tell people want to do or eat only provide the skills and the tools in case that's something people are 2rrd in doing. >> you can't buy a box of psyche you have to put them in the right vein and direction with the right kids with a right place address time those kids don't have this you have to instill they can do it they're good enough now to finding out figure out and find the future
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