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phones. the signals tend to interfere with the recording equipment in the room. if we can stand for the pledge of allegiance. [ pledge of allegiance ] >> good evening, commissioner hirsch. i would like to take roll. >> thank you. [ roll ] >> also present is department director eric balances sar and the chief of police. you do have a quorum. >> thank you. good evening, everybody. welcome to the meeting of may 15th, 2019.
we have a moderate agenda tonight. so public comment will be limited to three minutes per person. we're ready for the first calendar item. >> line number one, consent calendar, receive and file action. that's the pd dpa document first quarter 2019. request of chief of police to accept 16,6666 from the casa de las madres to go towards the domestic violence high risk program. this requires a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> all in favor. >> we need public comment before we vote, please. is there any public comment on this one item? seeing none, comment is close the. we'vwe're ready for the vote. all in favor. >> aye. >> all opposed? it passes. >> line 2, reports of the commission discussion, a,
chief's report, provide an overview of offenses in san francisco, significant events. chief's report will be a chief description of the significant events. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the incidents the chief describes for future commission meeting. major events, provide a summary of planned activities and events occurring since the previous meeting. this will include an overview of any unplanned events or activities occurring in san francisco having an impact on public safety. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar for a future meeting. status update on the sfpd website, presentation of the safe streets for all first quarter 2019 report, presentation of the first quarter 2019 audit of electronic communication devices. good evening, chief. >> good evening. i'm going to -- a couple of
items in my report i'm going to abbreviate today for the sake of time. i have the weekly crimes trends i'm present. i also want to talk a bit about significant events that have occurred over the last week. major events and a status update on our new website which i have a video. it's about ten minutes. it explains to the public how to access and the benefits of our new website. so in order to get that video to the public, i'm going to abbreviate some of the reporting. we also have a presentation of safe streets for all by commander. she's here to present that. and a presentation on the first quarter electronic audit communication devices provided by planter walsh. i'll start with the weekly crime trends. overall, violent crimes are down a total of 15%.
we have had 15 homicides year-to-date, which is actually -- i'm sorry. 14 homicides year-to-date. it's 7% decrease over this time last year where we had 15. we had0we had one homicide last. i'll talk about that in more detail. out of our cases, 8 of the 14 cleared by arrest and one exceptional clearance. gun violence, down 22% over 2018. in terms of our total property crime, we're down 13% over 2018. we continue to have fewer incidents compared to last year, particularly motor vehicle deaths and we're 16% down -- in auto burglary. we're 16% down there. when compared to 2017, we're 30% down. our homicide that occurred this week was on the 1100 block of
gillman. upon arrival of a report of a stabbing, officers observed a suspect near the second floor window. subsequently, that suspect was arrested for the stabbing. the gym wathe victim was transpd deceased. our suspect is in custody. the investigation is continuing in terms of charges being filed. we had three major traffic collisions this past week, including two fatals. unfortunately, there was a fatal at golden gate and hyde on may 11th at 7:31 in the evening. our victim was a 65-year-old male who stumbled in the street and unfortunately was struck by a bus, a golden gate transit bus. our officers responded and tried to administer live saving
measures but were unsuccessful and our victim was declared deceased at the hospital. we also had a vehicle versus motorcycle fatality. that was also on may 11th at 10:12 p.m. it occurred at pine and polk. the driver of the vehicle was attempting to turn left on to pine when the motorcycle driven at a high rate of speed collided with the vehicle attempting to make the left turn. video was obtained from local businesses and cor corroboratede driver's statement. unfortunately, the motorcyclist did not survive the injuries and was pronounced dead. we are focusing on our traffic collisions and fatalities this year. we are up for the year. this weekend, definitely did not help that situation. we've run operations with a traffic company, traffic enforcement operations and we will continue to do that in an effort to drive these incidents
down for the remainder of the year moving forward. as far as significant events, i want to give an update on an incident that drew a lot of public attention. it's regarding the leak of the confidential police report. on may 9th, 2019, a search warrant was executed. it was granted by a judge and a sear of warrant was conducted as part of a criminal investigation into the legal release of the confidential police report. subsequent sale of that report to members of the media. citizens and leaders of the city of san francisco demanded a complete and thorough investigation into this leak and this action. the search warrant is a process in the case of criminal offenses
and the illegal distribution of a confidential police report. for the public, we are committed to maintaining the public's trust. this leak was a breach of the public's trust. we understand that. we're investigating these allegations fully, including allegations of misconduct potentially by members of the san francisco police department. our purpose is to hold those responsible for these actions. there's not a whole lot more i can say on this right now. we're in the midst of the criminal investigation as well as administrative investigation. as that evolves, we'll take the appropriate action depending on where that investigation leads. that's pretty much as much as i can say at this time on that issue. other major events this week, we have the biggest event this weekend is the beta breakers. it will be may 19th from 5:00 in the morning until 4:00 p.m. we are fully staffed, and we
know of no issues or concerns or pending potential issues, but it is a large event. it's usually a very fun and festive event. we'll be staffed up to deal with the crowd and the individuals that want to enjoy the beta breakers this weekend. i will pause there for questions before i go to the website presentation. >> commissioner hamasaki, before i ask you to speak, i want to say something. we function as an a jude cat body, which means we often decide discipline air he other cases that are brought by the department. that's the reason why we don't get actively involved in investigations because we would have a conflict if we both were investigating and ultimately deciding the merits of a disciplinary matter. so typically, the police commission does not get involved in investigations of the type
that are going on right now. i just remind the public of that the and commissioners. commissioner hamasaki. >> good evening. i think this is a really difficult topic for a lot of people, a lot of san franciscans, and even nationwide, you know. in a free society, we depend on a free press. when the homes of journalists are raided, it doesn't matter how strong we feel about the underlying case, you know. i think we should all be concerned. i think everybody was appropriately concerned. i think i came out a little early and pointed out that, you know, we have this journalism -- the journalist shield law in place. that's to protect journalists
from searches like the one that was described here if the individual had gathered the information in the capacity as a journalist or done actions in their capacity of a journalist within the penal code section 1524, there exists a process to obtain documents for investigation such as these through a subpoena. can you comment on whether or not a subpoena was considered in lieu of a search that i think, you know -- on this commission, i can say everybody, no matter how you felt about him was appalled at the release of the police reports. appalling. it was an attack on him. it was an attack on his family.
everybody wants -- it was an attack on the department more than anything else. it was attack on your office, the office of the chief. it goes against everything we've been working for as far as reforms. there was some pretty unsettling images that appeared on the nightly news and in the press and not just the local press but across the country from the "washington post" and the "new york times" covered this. were you part of this considering whether or not to it conduct this radar issue this swear much warrant? >> commissioner, we went through a legal process, an appropriate legal process in furtherance of a criminal investigation.
again, i definitely appreciate and understand the gravity of your question. at this time, i mean, i think it's appropriate for me to say we went through the appropriate legal process pursuant to the criminal investigation. that is appropriate for what we have to investigate. so there is not much more i can say on that right now. again, we're in the midst of this investigation, and i don't want to get to where it would be appropriate to get into the details of the investigation at this juncture. >> okay. you know, as i said, i came out initially, at least raised the option there could be a lawful basis for a search of a journalist if it was based purely on criminal conduct that occurred outside of their actions as a journalist. then i think, you know, we're
getting into a point where everybody's speculating about why the warrant was issued, how it was issued, and what's contained in the affidavit. are there plans to release the affidavit soon? >> the affidavit is under seal. so we won't be able to release it. again, legal process, the appropriate process for the type of investigation that we're conducting. i do understand the desire for the information, but we are going through a legal process that we haven't recreated any legal process. we're going through the process that we need to go through to get to the bottom of this investigation. so that's where we are. >> okay. >> warrant is under seal. >> let me ask you, because at least four of us have litigated search warrants.
an option could be to move to unseal it or at least release the search warrant with redactions to support -- i understand it's a sealing under hobbs. so in other instances, it could be released with redactions. is that something the department is considering? >> not at this time. not at this time. we're going to continue the investigation, get to the bottom of that hopefully in an expeditious matter. there are a lot of public interests here. i understand the points you just raised. the department understands that. there's also the balance of the public confidence of when people report things, you know, we should do our jobs and make sure that reports aren't released when they're not supposed to be released. we need to get to the bottom of that. that's exactly what we intend to do. if there's any criminal activity that's proven, we went to get to the bottom of that as well.
>> and finally, you know, since this has all blown up over the weekend into this week, are you confident that this search warrant was issued in compliance with the journalist shield law and our first amendment protections? >> i'm confident that we took the appropriate legal matters to authorize or get the search authorized. i am confident about that. again, that's where we are at this point. >> i'm sorry. i apologize. i did say that was final. is it -- so i understand that there were two separate judges. did they both sign off on a single warrant, or was the other judge for the second warrant involving, i believe, an officer, something along those lines? >> so there were two locations searched, commissioner. again, i don't think it's appropriate to really get into
some of the more intricate details at this point on this, but there were two separate locations that were searched. i believe that information was made public by the gentleman who the search warrant was served upon. i can't confirm that. there were two separate location that's were served. >> vice president taylor. >> i think there might be confusion about the difference between a subpoena and search warrant. unlike a trial subpoena or subpoena to testify in a preliminary hearing, this was a search warrant. >> yes. >> for search warrants there has to be a detailed showing of probable cause, legal basis for the warrant, and that's submitted to a judge and the judge ultimately makes the determination about whether or not the warrant is issued. is that -- >> that's correct. >> and the materials are currently under seal? >> yes. yes. >> and the decision to unseal,
unredact, that's not sfpd's decision to make, as i understand. >> that is not our decision to make. at this point, we're pursuing with the investigation. >> okay. >> commissioner mazzucco. >> as commissioner hirsch reminded commissioners, we should not comment about the subject matter of the case because it may be before us if there is a disciplinary matter with an officer. one question was not asked, and it's important for the public to know that in order for a search warrant to be brought to a judge, it's signed off by a prosecutor, is that correct. >> in some cases and not all cases. >> uh-huh. was it signed off in this case? >> no. >> okay. okay. thank you. >> okay. thank you. any other items, chief, that you have to report on? >> just one other item.
that's an update on the sfpd website. it's a video that explains to the public the accessibility and some really, what i believe to be really nice features. this was part of the doj -- u.s. dog'j's assessment. there were specific recommendations about updating and improving our website. so we definitely believe this is a lot more user friendly, more accessible. ultimately, more transparency, and we're excited about the website. this actually is -- was aired on sfgov tv as well as live stream to get the public interested in our new website. so it's about a 10-minute video. i just want to show the features of the website and the technology ms. susan merit explains some of the features
that i think will b will be of c interest for those that use our website. >> joining me is police chief william scott. welcome here. >> thank you, david. thank you. and we are really excited today about the launch of our -- facebook live participants, i'm david stephenson with the san francisco police department.
we're very proud to welcome you here today to show off our new website, san francisco police dot org. this has been in the works for a year and a half. we got down to the probably executive with a lot of feedback and input from the community, the people we serve. we're really thrilled about it. we want to walk you through it today. first, i want to introduce the folks who are going to do that. joining me first is police chief william scott. welcome here. >> thank you, david. thank you. and we are really excited today about the launch much our new website. as you said, a year and a half in the making. it is really stems from our department of justice elaborate reform work. when we looked at the website in 2016, some said it wasn't as user friendly as we would like. it was cumbersome to find material. data was a little bit hard to get to. this is leaps and bounds beyond our old website. like i said, a year and a half in the making. a lot of work and a lot of community input went into this. we're really excited.
i've been playing with it all weekend. very user friendly even for a guy like me. so i'm excited that the public will have better access to the police department, be able to find the data they want and need, file reports, access local community police stations, district stations. it's a really exciting website. >> we're really thrilled about it. joining me is susan whose deal has been the dulling of the work. tell us about why this is important to have it in the format we've done. >> thank you, david. yes. we're very excited about the website. basically, as the chief pointed out, our old website was a little bit hard to find things, a little bit sort of inside out. we talked about things, the way police understood but perhaps the community didn't. for example, we have a lot of district stations, but we had no way of -- for a person to know what district they were in. we have ten district stations in the city of san francisco. so the new website we've really tried to go sort of 180 degrees
the other direction and start with the community and get input from the community about what police services they want, what they expect to see when they come to the website, and we did a tremendous amount of research which is actually available on the website. what we did, how rereache how wt to people, victims of crime. we reac reached out to people wo haven't visited the website. it's based entirely on community feedback. >> walk us through what folks will see when they come to the home page. we know there's a lot of splashy beautiful pictures of our officers at work. give us a sense of what services are right off the top there if they want to get quick access to what we have to offer. >> well, we have so much on the website. we don't have time today to go through all of it, so we're going to hit on highlights. first, if you come to the home page, you'll see across the top what we call the top level navigation. we have these groupings of things people wanted to see. so starting with get service, if
you hover over the get service area, you will see all of the different types of service that'services thatare availablet in multiple languages, filing reports, towed vehicles and so on. and then moving to the right, you see stay safe. people wanted to know what -- how can i prevent my car from being broken into or what's the crime happening in my community? so we have a lot of information with crime mapping and self service in that area. the new section going further to the right, we have the latest news from sfpd. you can go to find out what's happening within the department. the next -- the community section, so this is a section that talks about all the community activities, the community programs. we also have an events calendar. we have that calendar for both citywide as well as for
individual police districts. >> you can find out what's going on in your neighborhood and how you can participate and so forth. >> that's correct. moving over one more to the right, your sfpd. this is information about the police department, about the leadership, with the strategic plan, what are all the bureaus and how do things work within the police department. this is also where you go to find out your district station and by the way, in terms of district station, we added -- one of the first things we did was find my station. you see it over contact us. you can enter yours address, and you will see what station you're part of. >> let's go to one of those stations. let's check out one of those stations and see what it has. >> okay. so, again, if you click on -- if you hover over your sfpd and then you see the list of district stations. we're going to go to richmond station. so if you pull up the richmond station page, you will see all of the information that you saw
citywide but in my own neighborhood. so richmond station, you can see all the contact information, the information about the station, where it's located. if you keep scrolling down, you'll see a message from the captain, who is my district station captain with her information. this is captain michelle gee. keep scrolling. so we also -- part of the research we did was, you know, every district in san francisco is quite different from every other district. so we found out what are the most requested things within that particular district. so you'll see within richmond station. these are the things people were most interested in finding out. if you scroll down, this is the news relative to richmond, and then, again, just keep scrolling. we're down to -- >> being able to get their newsletters as well. so you can see it. >> you can sign up for the
newsletter which will be mailed out to you. it will be a link back to the station page with all the latest information about crime in that district and programs and community events. so at the very bottom, you can see the calendar. this is all new for us. again, we will be adding more and more as people are registering events. you can see beta breakers happening on sunday, for example. >> these are events with click through links so you can find out from the person holding the event what's going on. >> that is correct. so that's basically the district stations. >> one of the other things we're doing, because i know a lot of people want to know the crime data. we're making that easily accessible and customizable as well. >> one of the things we get lots of requests for and spend a lot of time at the department is providing crime data for people. so what we've developed here that's new is a self service crime data is what we're calling it. so if you go to the section of
the website and then you click on the -- you see crime data in maps. if you go to self service crime data and click on that, we have both the crime data and the clearance data. you can see see the crime happening in the community and how well the police are doing for making arrests in your community. but we're going to look at the crime dashboard first. >> so what do we have here? a chart that lists some of the crimes and you're able to customize it as well, too, based on your district. >> that's correct. so you can pick what crimes am i interested in seeing. this is -- it defaults to all crimes for all stations. but if i wanted to, i could click on the station that i'm interested in, and it will show you the two bars that you see are this year and then same time last year. so you can do may of this year versus may of last year. >> easy access to get a sense of how we're doing and how our community is doing with these issues. >> correct. we also have gotten a lot of people inquiring about careers
with the police department either sworn or civilians like you or i. how are we making that easier to find out about? >> so we have a career section within the sfpd. so if you go to your sfpd, you can see the career. we have both sworn job openings and civilian job openings. i know that when i came to work here, i didn't know that a job like mine existed. we're trying to create more visibility about what's available, and if you click on our sfpd academy page, you can see specifically -- and if you scroll down on that page, this is information about our police academy. we also have information about how to become a police officer, very, very easy information. we have information about the salary and it's just a full picture of what it takes to start a career with the sfpd. >> some of the technology around this, of course, is ada
compliant. >> right. well, it is ada compliant and accessible to people with disabilities as well as everybody page on this site can be translated to multiple languages. if you hover over the top of the page, you can see all the languages that are available to be translated. in addition, the site will be tablet and mobile friendly. so -- >> very important these days. >> yeah, obviously. so whether you have a smartphone or a tablet or a lab top or workstation, the site will look good and be accessible with those devices. >> chief, what more would you want folks to know about this website and how it fits into our strategic plan as far as offering services and responding to the community? >> we want to be more responsive. that was a pillar of being more responsive to the community we serve. i think the website, is a great
step forward if in doing that. there's a lot of information that's easy to get to. i've tried to on the tablet and on mobile phone. they all work great. so it's really -- we're at an age where most people or a lot of people anyway have smartphones. some websites, they work great on a laptop or desktop, when you go to a smartphone t doesn't work so well. this one, you can access san francisco police department and that is a really step in the right direction in terms of being more responsive, taking advantage of technology to make us a better police department. like i said, it's really exciting. i encourage the public to get on if they want to learn more about the police department. there is information that you need to know if you need to file a report. not all reports can be filed online, but many can. so try us out. >> san francisco police dot org. this is a work in progress. if they want to offer us
feedback and let us know what they want, wha what should they. >> submit feedback. we are working as a continuously improving website. we have a very small team at sfpd, but it's very talented. we will be making changes based on your feedback. we won't know what to do if you don't tell us. so please get on the site and give us your feedback. we're listening and we hope to make itet abouter. >> terrific, director, chief. thank you for tuning in, go to the website. check it out and let us know what you think. please explore it. we have a lot of data that's easily accessible now and we hope you'll find it husband used let us know how we're doing. thanks again for watching us. >> thank you. thanks for bearing with me on that. any questions from the commissiocommission? >> i guess i have a question,
not all reports can be filed online. what can't be filed online. >> if it's a report, for instance, a robbery, violent crimes, those type of things, those type of reports require a sworn officer to take the report. so car break-ins, vandalism, certain amount for vandalism, property crime, theft, those type of things can be reported online. supplemental reports, let's say your house gets broken into or your car gets broken into and then you figure out after looking into it that more property than you originally reported was missing, so you can do a supplemental. instead of going to a police station, you can actual detha actually do th. it lists the reports online that can be taken online. particularly those high-level violent crimes, robberies, shootings, we have to have a sworn person go to the scene and investigate or a person can come to the station and make the report. >> okay. thank you. >> we're ready for the next
item. i guess it's still yours, chief. >> can i add that we did not have access to that video prior to the meeting and we will post it on the website tomorrow. thank you. >> okay. thank you. now we have commander teresa yuens. >> good evening, commander. >> commissioners. president hirsch, commissioners, acting director, chief scott, safe streets for all. nothing has changed as far as our effort and enforcement. we continue to focus on vision 0 high injury corridors, increase enforcement, educate the drivers, distracted driving operations, light r which is speed enforcement operations,
pedestrian and bicycle safety enforcement, special events, sunday streets, community outreach events, and collaborate with city agencies and advocates. now, the comparison between 2018, the first quarter, and 2019, you'll see these are the focus on the five. the red light, stop sign, pedestrian right-of-way, speeding, failure to yield with turning. we really try to focus on the turning aspect of enforcement due to the fact that many of our fatalities have to do with vehicles turning and hitting pedestrians. so now the citywide versus focus on the five violations, 2019 first quarter. you'll see that the different district stations and then traffic company. the very next
slide which i'll turn to in one second in comparison to 2018, traffic company is now up 10% from where we were. we're hitting the goal in a commitment of over 50%. we're now at 52%. last year, we were at 42%. this is the 2018 first quarter. so in regards to the break down for fatalities between 2018 first quarter and 2019, right now, we have 6 pedestrian deaths, two driver deaths, one bicyclist and one passenger of a vehicle. so january, there was two. february, two fatalities. march, which has been a very difficult month at six. for right now, we have exactly
14 fatalities. so when you look at the victims as far as age goes, it absolutely stands out between the ages of 65 and 92, 30% of those fatalities. then also, 38 to 39 at 30% as well. again, it goes back to when you talk about pedestrians, turning is definitely an issue. we're working with our partners to try to come up with solutions to try to stop this from happening. a lot of enforcement, obviously, are -- because our numbers have increased to 50%, we're really looking at doing operations for pedestrians enforcement and what we do is we send a decoy out to cross the street, and if someone doesn't stop, then officers will pull them over and give them a
citation. so in addition to the presentation, i also wanted to give you some numbers. so march was distracted driving month. so that we made that a priority, really cell phones as all of us know and we've discussed here before, is right now traffic company we -- for march, it was 146 citations. citywide, it was 509 citations for distracted driving. overall -- i'm sorry, march is 227. but overall, traffic in may alone had 312. citywide was 509 for cell phones. also, we highlight the warnings that we give, which is about education. so our responsibility and commitment is about education and enforcement. so in this time period for this
quarter, we have given out 1334 warnings, which means officers have chosen not to give citations and instead have that conversation about why the violation -- the bad behavior needs to stop. that's it. do you have any questions? >> any questions from commissioners? >> commissioner hamasaki. >> looking at slide three, the 2018 to 2019q1 statistics, why does it seem like in 2018, the numbers are outside of the failure to yield are so high? what's the reason for that drop-off, i guess? >> slide three? >> correct. >> so failure to yield 2018 is 959. then 2019 is 1121. are we looking at --
>> he's asking you about the other bars. >> with the exception. >> there's been a huge drop it looks like. >> i don't know if i'm reading this wrong. >> i think you're -- >> looking at slide three, it looks like speeding is not even half of 2018, you know. stop sign is down by 700, 800. >> because we focused on the turning aspect of it. our operations -- we're trying to work with the district stations as well as our own officers at traffic company and focus on the turning. it's been an issue, and it's something we talked about a lot in vision 0. so we're trying to come up with different ideas, but we've really focused on that turning aspect of it. >> do you have adequate staffing at this time to properly carry out the mission of safe streets? >> well, i always say more is better, but no.
we're doing a good job. we have a class going through right now. one sergeant and 8 officers. we're hoping that at least we get 6 officers out of that. i do believe that all 8 are definitely capable of passing. so that will be a great addition to the numbers as well, as well as our ongoing operations with the district station. >> thank you. >> commissioner. >> really quick, i have a question along the same line. i love charts and colors. i wanted to summarize this for myself so i can digest it. so when i'm reading this, it says what i'm seeing is that from a citywide focus, violations have gone down from last year in q1. >> are we looking at four? >> i'm still looking at three. i'm saying overall, violations have gone down outside of cellular. fatalities have gone up in q1
versus last year. that is due to the failure for folks to yield when turning which is what we're focusing on now? >> yes. >> chief, you had a response. >> oh, yes. thank you. i was just going to add to what commander says. part of the issue, too, with the reduction was in our traffic company. we got down with the solo motorcycle officers in terms of the officers that were deemployable. we are less than 40. i think 44 on the team. we had promotions in september of last year. we've put one class through, which increased our strength by ten, i believe. >> yes. >> and we have another class going through right now. with the traffic company being really the -- carrying the lion's share of that work, it's important we stack that unit back up. that's what we're trying to do. that accounts for some of the differences in the numbers. as we staff up, we'll see that
increase. i think this year, so far, we're trending up. first quarter we were doing, but we're trending up since then. >> commissioner elias. >> thank you. so the idea of doing decoys, how would that work? it would have one officer dressed -- as a pedestrian -- dressed undercover pretending to be a pedestrian and then having other officers around to cite the individuals? >> yes. see the violation and then citation. >> would there be other officers to protect the undercover officer who is pretending to be the pedestrian? >> we usually do it -- well, i don't want to say, but as far as the numbers, but we usually have a fair amount for safety purposes. >> a fair amount of other officers? >> yes. >> so an idea, instead of doing the decoys, would maybe be to use all of these other officers
to put them at different areas to patrol rather than sort of centralizing them in one area and using several officers to cite this individual using the decoy? >> i understand what you're saying. so in order to really do the education and enforcement part, we really have to do these operations because i do understand what you're saying. high visibility versus operations. high visibility is great because that deters people from bad behavior. but when we do the operations, then they get cited. the enforcement part is a huge part of that. you know, you're able to have conversations, you know, when you're doing these operations with individuals as well as the community seeing us doing the operation. that also is an education piece that is important. but i do understand what you're saying. we do try to go towards high visibility most of the time. but when we look at certain intersections -- and i know all
of you have seen them -- some of them you really need to do an operation to hit home that bad behavior is not going to be -- is not okay in these areas due to high volume of pedestrians. >> right. well, wouldn't the other officers be able to cite as well, meaning if this decoy operation requires six officers to do this one operation and the result is one person cited versus these six officers at different locations being able to cite or observe bad behavior at six different locations and you have six citing officers versus the one that results from the decoy, i guess -- i just would be interested in the numbers to see whether this taking six officers and creating a decoy operation is just as fruitful as, perhaps, having these officers patrol in various areas and be more visible and cite that way. >> i didn't say six. i will tell you that they don't get just one. we're talking about more like 10 to 20 citations.
like i said, it isn't just about the individuals getting cited. it's about the community that's seeing us out there doing the work and making them feel safer that we're doing this work. like i said, i do understand what you're saying, but they better not come back with one citation. we really do a lot of work with this. >> vice president taylor. >> just on that point, kind of in your experience in doing these decoy operations, have you found them to be successful as deterrent mechanisms? i guess commissioner elias' points, but there are lots of streets in san francisco. i would imagine that having one officer on every street might be difficult and so i'm wondering kind of what you've seen in terms of bang for your buck in the decoy operations and whether or not they lead to or have a deterrent effect. >> i do -- from my experience, i do think that it does have an effect. we're able to push it out to the
communities that we're out in their districts doing this work. we don't just pick locations. this is from complaints from supervisors, from the community itself, from mta, from my officers' own observations of dangerous locations. so once you start doing that, you're kind of sending a message that the tncs, everybody needs to slow down and pay attention to pedestrians. do i think that we need more? yes, i do. and i hope that once we build our numbers at district stations, that we're able to partner more and do more of this work. >> commander, there's been a real spike in fatalities this year. it's just hard -- i think it's hard for us to understand what's happening. i'm wondering if you have a sense of what's going on. >> everyone is in a rush. everyone -- there's a lot of people that they made really bad
judgment call in trying to get to where they're going quickly. some people are distracted. it's -- everyone needs to slow down, whether it be you're in a vehicle, when you're crossing the street, please look. if you're a cyclist, stop at the stop signs and the lights so you don't become a fatality. i don't have a good answer, but the turning is something that we're definitely discussing a lot with mta. >> commissioner hamasaki. >> thank you. so you just brought up tncs. i saw an article i think in the chronicle a few days ago about 40 or some percent of our traffic, new traffic, is a result of tncs, including lyft and uber. have you determined if that has been a factor in the increased dangerousness and fatalities in our city? >> i would not say that there's
a very small portion in the last two years of on the fatality side. i can't speak to the collision side. i would say that in -- from february to march, when we did the enforcement in the red lanes, 300 -- over 300 citations, and over 50% of those were tncs. so not stopping -- those numbers aren't included in our monthly numbers of citations, but some of those are not yielding to pedestrians. >> thank you. >> thank you, commander. anything else, chief, from your part of your presentation? >> no. we have commander pete walsh on the electronic audit. >> good evening, commander.
>> good evening. good evening, president hirsch, commissioners, chief scott, department director, commander peter walsh here to present the first quarter 2019 bias audit on potential bias that might be found on electronic devices and through their communications. just to reiterate, the audits are limited to devices that the department owns and not any member's personal device. the audits do capture personal devices sending in to department servers, phones, and other telecommunications. all members are aware that the department is monitoring electronic communication and that they are audited. it's specifically laid out in department general order 10.08, use of computers and peripherals. 19051 which you approved, sfpd
expectation of privacy and there is an internal affairs bureau order that guides these types of investigations. so three systems that are audited are the following: california law enforcement telecommunications system, which is clets, department e-mail, and department cell phones. so i'll explain how each one of these items or systems are audited and the results for the first quarter. the level two clets communications system was established -- a program was established which searches all entries made into the system. it's always running. it doesn't have to be initiated by the department. if a member uses one of the identified worst, a hit is generated and it's automatically sent to internal affairs. every hit is reviewed by an internal affairs investigator and if it is a hit of bias or perceived bias, it's launched into a full-fledged
investigation. this has been running since december of 2016. so the first quarter results from january 1st to march 31st for clets were 62 hits from the program. after review by iad, no -- none of them were determined to be bias oriented. next, the department e-mail. all e-mails sent and received internally and externally are audited using a word list. it's passive meaning it's always running and sends the alerts to the ia egg havers investigators. if it contains a word, it will be investigated. those are saved and maintained on the city's server. the staff analyzes, again, every hit to determine whether or not it's potentially bias, and they would be investigated if that determination takes place. the first quarter for department e-mail from january 1 to march
31st were 256 hits returned from the program. after review by iad members, none of the hits were determined to be bias oriented. lastly, our text messaging, which is run every 30 days because our phones are provided by at and an tt and they controe searches. they have a word list. staff is trained to conduct audits using this program. every 30 days a search is done using established word lists, additional terms can be used as well if we pick up a new term that we were unfamiliar with or that wasn't on the list. for data not available on local systems, the cellular provider will be contacted, and they will determine if they can find more information on their servers. again, everything is analyzed by iad, and any hits that are determined to be potentially bias will be investigated immediately. all false positive hits are
saved by at&t. so we maintain all of these lists so we can go back and check and make sure we're doing it correctly. so for january 1st to march 31st, there were 45 hits returned from the program. all 45 were determined not to be biased. note, we removed four words that were repeatedly flagged but never led to a bias investigation. we keep all removed words on file. that is why i think you'll notice we have a lot less words than typically or hits because these four words were a substantial part. in the past i've told you that words that we looked for in context sometimes generated enormous amount of hits and they were completely irrelevant to anything bias. but because a word can be used in a context as opposed to a stand alone, we would search for them. so lastly, i want to -- i always do this and i get quizzical
looks from the commission and i'm probably not explaining it right. i'm going to put this up for a little clarification of why we get so many hits sometimes. so some of the things -- so stick is a fictitious word we all agreed on. the computer hilton a word that might be completely trivial and used in every day. so i highlighted stick become sticker and so we get a lot of words where the ep teg, the bias word is in a word that actually is used by everybody all the time. so we get a lot of that in the clets system which has an older method of searching. >> what's the way of dealing with that? >> that's a state system.
that's just the way the string search is run. >> those words are kicking up? >> that's why when we say we don't have any -- a lot of it is due to this. >> vice president taylor. >> i know when you've -- hello. >> hello. >> when you've made this presentation, we've asked you -- we've tried to get to you tell us what the words are and you refuse. i think rightfully so because you wouldn't want to alert officers as to what the bad words are that you're searching for. i won't bother asking you that question. i am curious, though, to know, in terms of the audit, are you hitting all kind of -- for example, policish cell phones. are you sitting all officers or just a sampling? the same thing with e-mails and -- >> it's everything. >> okay. >> so any electronic communication on any three of those platforms. again, the cell phone is different because it's run by a provider. we have to do an activer sa
much. we do that every 30 days. it goes back years if we needed to retrace our steps. as far as the words, i've invite commissioners, if you want to come down, we'll show it to you. we're always changing it. i said this i think about a year ago. so maybe if some of you weren't here, we do use sites such as urban dictionary because we don't all keep up natural with some of those. it is not safe for work. please don't use that at your workplace. but we use things like that so that we're not just sitting on a set of words as things change as people -- language changes, we try to keep up with it. >> thank you. next item, please. >> line 2b, dpa director's report. report on recent dpa activities and announcements. dpa's report will be limited to a brief description of dpa
activities and announcements. commissioner discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the issues raised for future meeting. >> good morning. president hirsch and members of the commission, chief scott and members of the public. i have a few reports. we've received 256 complaints compared to 206 at the same time last year which is a 26% increase in the number of complaints received by dpa. closure this year is also up by 27% closing 229 cases compared to 180 cases at the same time last year. our pending case is up 23% to 317 cases compared to 258. so far this year, we sustained 31 cases compared to 11 last
year. we have 33 cases over nine months, 186 which are told. in regards to mediation, we mediated 10 cases so far this year compared to five cases last year. we have one outreach event where dpa staff attended the community meeting. if the public has any questions, the investigator is the in audience ho can -- who can answer some questions. that concludes my report. >> any questions from the commissioners? >> line 2c, commissioner reports will be limited to a brief description of activities and announcements. commission discussion will be limited to determining whether to calendar any of the issues raised for future commission meeting. commission president's report, commissioner's reports. >> the report i have is that tomorrow, the