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July-August 2017 - ISSUES 54-55
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San Francisco
Sheriff's Department
A Message from Sheriff 
Vicki Hennessy

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department Newsletter.  

This summer has been chockfull with events and plenty of warm weather. In early July, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and I welcomed the Garden Project's incoming class of Earth Stewards. This program provides more than 200 at-risk teens and young adults with work experience, personal enrichment and growth, as well as the opportunity to experience nature. Executive Director Cathrine Sneed says, "This is a prevention program. It's not just growing plants, but growing people." Earth Stewards help maintain many public properties, including restoring native plants along watersheds and clearing reservoirs. Special thanks goes to the Academy of Art University for providing transportation to the Earth Stewards' many project sites.

I joined my colleagues on the Board of Directors when Five Keys Schools and Programs introduced its newest innovation at the end of June -- a decommissioned Muni bus transformed into a beautifully renovated mobile learning center fully equipped with books, computers, moveable desks and chairs, and even a cozy reading nook. Dubbed "Five Keys Mobile Self-Determination," the bus travels to neighborhoods throughout San Francisco offering access to high school diplomas and GEDs to adult learners who face significant obstacles, such as reluctance to crossing gang territorial lines, to attending traditional brick and mortar schools.

We have instituted a Field Training Program. Fifteen deputy sheriffs graduated from a POST-certified Field Training Officers School this spring. These designated Field Training Officers are instructing new deputies in our patrol units based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda and Department of Health clinic.

Sometimes we are called upon to respond to terrible tragedies, and that was certainly the case on June 14, when 18 of our deputies responded to the tragic shooting at the UPS building. Three were among the first to arrive at the scene, and all helped secure the perimeter and search the building for possible additional shooters, victims and survivors. We participated in the unified command headed by the San Francisco Police Department and worked alongside officers from the California Highway Patrol, the San Francisco Fire Department and the University of California Police. In this issue, you can read the letter we received from Police Chief Scott thanking us for our assistance.

Serving our community by being able to respond appropriately to a variety of situations requires finding the balance between social justice and criminal justice.  We have increased training for our employees to assist them in meeting expectations. Training that emphasizes de-escalation and crisis management is essential to understanding and treating people with compassion and dignity. Professional training in law enforcement response and tactics is also crucial when faced with quickly developing dangerous situations.  We train to be ready for any situation.

As a test of our preparedness for crises, our Emergency Services Unit competed in a regional Emergency Response Team Challenge and our Special Response Team contested in the Best in the West SWAT event. Congratulations to all who participated for a job well done.

This issue also features the staff of the Civil Section who provide outstanding service to the Superior Court and to civil litigants. Our legal processing clerks are experts at understanding the sometimes daunting and complicated paperwork presented to the front counter in Room 456, City Hall.  These documents form the basis for the services performed by sworn staff, including service of process, wage garnishments, bank levies, evictions and the service of restraining orders. The highly skilled staff is led by Lt. J. Garcia, who takes great pride in the work they do in ensuring that all civil processes are completed efficiently, professionally and in accordance with the law.

Other stories featured in this newsletter include one on Aida McCray's Sewing Our Lives Together program at the Women's Resource Center; the Department's participation in the LGBTQ Pride parade; and recruitment opportunities that I hope you will share with people you think would be assets to the Department.

Kudos to Executive Secretary III Bill Fein, who shows us that while quitting smoking is very difficult, it is also very profitable! Bill, a 15-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, was a smoker for 45 years.  The other day, I asked him how his effort to quit was going.  Without missing a beat, he said, "I quit smoking on December 30, 2016.  As of August 1, 2017, it has been 214 days and I have saved $4,150.81." Congratulations, Bill!

In closing, if you have any ideas for articles for future newsletters, including questions you would like answered, please feel free to email me at sheriff@sfgov.org and we will do our best to include them.

I hope the remainder of your summer is wonderful!

15 Field Training Officer School Graduates Lead Inaugural 
Field Training Program 

From left, back row: Undersheriff M. Freeman, Deputy J. Arnold, Deputy M. Brule, Deputy J. Molina, Senior Deputy D. Garcia, two South Bay Regional Police Academy instructors, Deputy A. Brown, Deputy P. Schoch, Lieutenant R. Winters. Front row: Deputy S. Lee, Deputy J. Cabuloy, Deputy R. Des Roche, Sergeant P. Judson, Deputy J. Worthge and Captain J. Ramirez.

By Deputy J. Worthge

The Sheriff's Department's plan to implement its own Field Training Program (FTP) came to fruition as 15 veteran sheriff's deputies graduated from Field Training Officer School (FTOS) on May 19.

The graduates, who were the department's first identified field training officers, will start training new deputies as part of the inaugural FTP on August 12. FTP is the culmination of three years of diligent work by the department to create the program.

Sergeant P. Judson supervises the FTP, which is based out of the Sheriff's Patrol Unit. Field training officers train deputies in four-week phases over 12 weeks. Both the field training officer and the trainee are assigned to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital during that time period. When field training officers are not instructing, they perform their regular duties.

At the 40-hour POST-certified FTOS, 12 deputies, two senior deputies and one sergeant took part in the class. The instruction was presented by the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium and hosted by the Sheriff's Department at the Training Center San Bruno (formerly the Learning Center). The participants studied topics such as lesson planning, leadership, role modeling behavior, peer counseling techniques and proper documentation of training observations.  

Law enforcement officers from South San Francisco, Foster City, Jackson, Torrance and Alameda County also attended FTOS.
Five Keys' Mobile Classroom Makes Education More Accessible

 Karna Kurata / Onyx and Ash
Five Keys Mobile: The Self-Determination Project at the launch.

By Elizabeth Bell 
Five Keys Schools and Programs continues to find innovative ways to bring a high school education to high school dropouts with its latest initiative - Five Keys Mobile: The Self-Determination Project.
 Karna Kurata / Onyx and Ash
Five Keys Executive Director Steve Good spoke at the launch.

Five Keys' newest classroom is inside a refurbished MUNI bus, now colored lime green. Sleek and comfortable, the bus is outfitted with desks, a library, computers and Internet. Five Keys Mobile will serve 60 students a week in the Tenderloin, Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill. The bus' mobility removes some barriers - such as the fear of crossing neighborhood gang lines - that keep some students from getting to class.
"This bus can go from neighborhood to neighborhood, welcoming people who might not otherwise be able to get to a classroom," Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told a crowd gathered last month to celebrate its launch. "Some might just see this colorful bus and say, 'Hey, let's check this out,' and end up changing their lives through education."
Through Five Keys, students can earn a high school diploma or a GED.
The mobile classroom project received seed funding from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, as well as funding from Google.org. Founded in 2003, Five Keys today provides credentialed teachers in 20 community learning centers in San Francisco. 

ESU Team Earns Fourth in Special Emergency Response Team Challenge

Sheriff's Department's ESU team: Top row: Lt. C. Krol, Deputy K. Gooden, Deputy J. Fernando, Deputy P. Burt. Front row: Senior Deputy L. Castellanos, Senior Deputy L. Ferrigno, Deputy K. Long and Deputy J. Tilton. 

By Sergeant J. Dejesus

The Sheriff's Department's Emergency Services Unit (ESU) team raced on rigorous obstacle courses, pulled and lifted sleds and tires, and displayed its marksmanship in the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office's Special Emergency Response Team Challenge on May 19 in Clayton.

The team - Lieutenant C. Krol, Senior Deputy L. Castellanos, Senior Deputy L. Ferrigno, Deputy K. Long, Deputy J. Tilton, Deputy K. Gooden, Deputy J. Fernando, Deputy P. Burt and Deputy D. Hughes - earned fourth place overall out of eight teams in the physically and mentally demanding competition.

The team vied against seven other Sheriff's agencies in four team events and two individual ones. The ESU team placed second in the Team Range Run, a rugged course that involved carrying a 25-foot cast iron pipe and marksmanship shooting. Senior Deputy Castellanos took third in the Pistol Course individual competition, and Deputy Long was third in the individual Multi-Gun Course. Other events held were the Rat Run (hill race with a shooting station), Obstacle Course, Diamond Challenge (various physical obstructions) and Keep It In Mind (drill with tire flipping and a chain-link fence climb).

The competition marked the ninth consecutive year that the ESU team represented the department in these competitions. The ESU members demonstrated teamwork, commitment, and excellence, and are to be commended for a job well done. A special thanks to Lt. Krol, Deputy F. Alonzo, and Deputy K. Ng for assisting with the team's physical and firearms training.
Special Response Team Competes in Best in the West SWAT Event

By Chief Deputy P. Miyamoto
Vehicle Assault. Two-Man Combat. Jungle Trail. The Sheriff's Department's Special Response Team (SRT) tackled these events and more in the Best in the West SWAT Competition in San Jose on May 11-12.
The challenges pushed SRT to the limit as the team displayed its strength, agility, stamina, marksmanship and fundamental tactical skills. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office hosted the contest.
Deputy E. Gonzales was SRT's high scorer, shooting his
Deputy E. Gonzales 
way to fifth out of more than 140 contestants in the Top Gun marksmanship proficiency. Along with Deputy Gonzales,
Sergeant J. Kuhns, Senior Deputy B. Mercado, Deputy J. Gomez, Deputy N. Naranjo, Deputy E. Simms and Deputy M. Brule showed their abilities in the various contests. For two days, SRT competed as individuals and a team in challenges such as Vehicle Assault, a live-fire scenario in which teams defended against a vehicle attack that tested tactical decision-making; Two-Man Combat, which pitted two competitors to complete a live-fire course filled with ladders, bars and windows while shooting reactive and static targets with handguns and rifles; and Jungle Trail, a rural course that forced the team to overcome physical obstacles and live-fire targets.
Other competitions held were Team Assault/Physical Challenge (CrossFit-style test) and Sniper Course (team marksmanship).  
SRT has competed in this challenge since 2004. Participation in this event has proven to be valuable and increases SRT's operational capabilities.

SRT competed in Best in the West event. 
Meet the Sheriff's Department's 
Civil Section

Front row: Senior Deputy J. Choi, Deputy D. Ramirez and Deputy M. Ludovico. Middle row: Deputy C. Yambao, Deputy R. Des Roche, Deputy T. Smith-al-Ghani, Sergeant M. Kilgariff, Deputy D. Perez and Senior Deputy A. Knox. Back row: K. Guillory, G. Mayora, W. Chak, T. Russaw-Allen, Lt. J. Garcia, Deputy M. Creshon and Deputy E. Gonzales.

By Lt. J. Garcia
The Sheriff's Department's Civil Section, located in Room 456 at City Hall, facilitates and enforces all civil judgments of the San Francisco Superior Court. Field deputies assigned to Civil provide service of legal papers on behalf of civil litigants, including summons and complaints, small claims actions, and subpoenas. They seize property and perform bank levies to satisfy civil judgments. The Civil Section also performs evictions, making every effort to connect people facing eviction with services and resources to prevent them from becoming homeless. Domestic violence restraining orders are served free of charge.
A team of legal process clerks staff the front counter, answering questions and reviewing all paperwork submitted in-person or by mail for correct form and accuracy. Staff also researches information helpful to the field deputies, such as best time for serving, description of person to be served and any safety issues they should be aware of.
Aida McCray's Sewing and Quilting Program Brings Women Together
Aida McCray.

By Leslie Levitas
Sheriff's Department Rehabilitation Services Coordinator Aida McCray influences former inmates' lives, often one stitch at a time.
She works at the Women's Resource Center (WRC), a community facility, where she runs the Sewing Our Lives Together program. Women gather weekly at McCray's two-year-old class to seam various sewing and quilting items. Projects range from sewing bags to carry their belongings, making lap and baby quilts and pillows, to mending their own clothing. The WRC receives donations of fabrics and accessories, as well as volunteers who freely give their time to the program.
McCray said she started the project to provide a sense of community to women attending the WRC. "I noticed that when the classes or programs ended, the women lost connection with their peers," she said. "Sewing brings back the continuity. When they sew, they talk. It's therapeutic."
In addition to the sewing and quilting program, McCray plans events throughout the year, such as Women's Health Day and an annual holiday gift distribution to children with incarcerated parents.
McCray joined the Sheriff's Department in 1999, and has worked at most of the jails and at Community Programs. She was instrumental in developing Family Services, Five Keys Charter School,  and Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration, a veterans' program. Before she joined the department, she had founded Families With a Future, a nonprofit that served incarcerated people and their families. Her work earned her a California Wellness Fellowship and the Cheyenne Bell Leadership Award.
Additionally, McCray earned a bachelor's degree in Women's Studies and a master's in Education Administration, as well as a master's in Public Health equivalency. 

Sheriff's Department 
Celebrates LGBTQ Pride 

Color Guard at the parade.

Sheriff's Department revelers had a fantastic time marching in the LGBTQ Pride Parade on June 25. The Color Guard led the way for the contingent, followed by decorated department vehicles and deputy sheriffs, civilian employees and their friends and families. The crowd greeted Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy with chants of "Hennessy!" as she traveled the parade route in a white convertible Mustang adorned with magnetic versions of the Pride patch. The department designed the colorful patches to show its support to the LGBTQ community. Walkers handed out Pride patches, junior deputy stickers, key chains and candy to the parade attendees. 

Sheriff Hennessy at the parade. 

Sergeant P. Washington, Senior Deputy E. Cerbone and Senior Deputy N. Smith. 

Sheriff's Department Recruitment Events This Summer

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy invites anyone who wants to be a deputy sheriff to stop by the department's recruitment booths this summer. Recruiters are available to answer questions and offer advice at the following community events:
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair, August 5-6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Japantown
  • Aloha Festival, August 5-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
  • PISTAHAN, August 12-13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 700 Howard Street
  • Public Safety Women's Hiring Forum, August 16, 5-8 p.m.,  San Francisco Police Department, 1245 Third Street. Register for this event.
  • Oakland Pride, September 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Broadway and 20th Street
  • Bay Area Blues Festival, September 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Polk and Pacific
Deputy sheriff applicants must meet these minimum qualifications:
  • Be at least 20.5 years or older and a U.S. citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Cannot have any felony convictions
  • Have a valid Class C driver's license
For up-to-date information on recruiting events, contact Senior Deputy D. Novak at doug.novak@sfgov.org or (415) 554-7217, or visit the Sheriff's Department website
Kudos for a Job Well Done! 

On June 14, a gunman opened fire at a UPS facility in San Francisco, killing three men and then himself. Eighteen deputies responded, and some were among the first to arrive at the scene. Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy commends the deputies for their quick actions. San Francisco Police Chief William Scott wrote a letter thanking the department for its assistance during the tragedy:

Dear Sheriff Hennessy:

On June 14, 2017, San Francisco Police officers responded to a call of shots fired at the United Parcel Service facility on Utah Street. The call was quickly classified as an active shooter incident as our department resources were deployed to secure the scene in an effort to prevent injuries to additional victims. As first responding officers made entry into the building to locate the suspect(s), a command post was being established. As the incident unfolded, it was determined a suspect opened fire within the facility, which created a critical incident. Thus began the long process of determining whether the initial suspect acted alone or had accomplices.

During the next few hours, vehicular and pedestrian traffic were restricted into the area in order for the SFPD to not only determine if this was the act of one person, but to also conduct a multiple homicide investigation involving hundreds of witnesses and the collection of countless evidence. Several public safety agencies, as well as neighborhood businesses, quickly stepped up to assist us with our efforts. What followed was a prime example of how well our community worked together in the face of a public threat to ensure the safety of the surrounding neighborhood.

I wanted to take the opportunity to personally thank each of you who were instrumental in our efforts. Those agencies who assisted during this incident included the California Highway Patrol, the San Francisco Fire Department, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, the Department of Emergency Management, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In addition, local businesses located in the area who provided space and resources for the coordination of the operation included Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Two Sons' Sandwiches, and the Russian Gospel Temple.

On behalf of the San Francisco Police Department, I would like to express our gratitude to you and your staff for the assistance provided to our department during this tragic event. Thank you for your support and commitment to the safety of our city.

William Scott
Chief of Police
Sheriff Hennessy also applauds the deputies who responded to an incident in the San Francisco County Clerk's Office earlier in July, and Sergeant A. Davis-Zehner and Senior Deputy M. Clauzel for their follow-up efforts. The County Clerk wrote a letter thanking the deputies for their response:
Dear Sheriff Hennessy,
I wanted to let you know that I am so grateful for the way our deputies here in City Hall handled a serious incident that occurred in my office on Tuesday, July 11th, wherein one of my clerks was threatened by a customer.  We had to push the duress button and the deputies were on the scene within 90 seconds and immediately took charge and removed the individual from the office. 
The follow-up has been extremely thorough and absolutely stellar. Senior Deputy Clauzel interviewed all those involved and came to our weekly staff meeting yesterday to discuss the incident and how to stay safe in the workplace.  He also reviewed pre-assault indicators with my staff, which they found helpful. 
As you know, we are a public-facing department and my clerks are interacting with customers from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. Their safety and security in the workplace is of the utmost importance to me. I am grateful that the attention given to this incident and to their concerns by your deputies has made them feel safe and protected as they carry out their duties. 
Sgt. Davis also came by today and she has been attentive to the concerns of our department since she first arrived.  Again, I am extremely grateful to her as well. 
Too many times we hear about what departments aren't doing well and I wanted to make sure you knew that I am impressed at how supportive, caring and thoughtful everyone has been. 
Thank you to you and your amazing team.
Warm regards,
Catherine Stefani
San Francisco County Clerk

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