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June 2017 - ISSUE 53
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New Hires:

Deputy J. De Leon
Deputy P. Dungo
Deputy A. Escobar
Deputy D. Gala
Deputy R. Gala
Deputy A. Gilmore
Deputy C. Graves 
Deputy A. Jayson
Deputy R. Loo
Deputy M. Lu
Deputy L. Manalang
Deputy R. Mata Jr.
Deputy R. Rodriguez
Deputy J. Rosales
Deputy K. Sun
Deputy A. Trevizo
Deputy K. Umali
Deputy J. Wasley 
Deputy E. Wu

Deputy Sheriff (Retiree) Valerie Carson
Deputy Sheriff (Retiree) Janice Reed-Stutts

Cadet L. Borders
Cadet S. Carnes
Cadet S. Feng
Cadet J. Quanico
Cadet P. Tuiasosopo

Haleh Davary
Senior Legal Process Clerk

Tak Hou Fong
Fingerprint Technician 1

Undersheriff M. Freeman
Senior Deputy R. Aguas
Senior Deputy E. Cerbone
Senior Deputy J. Chien
Senior Deputy B. Davis
Senior Deputy J. Delatorre
Senior Deputy E. Espinoza
Senior Deputy J. Garza
Senior Deputy M. Li
Senior Deputy B. Mercado
Senior Deputy S. Santos
Senior Deputy V. Zambrana


Undersheriff C. Koehler
31 years

Senior Deputy C. Baker
20 years

Deputy E. Alvarez
12 years

Deputy T. Courtney
31 years

Deputy R. Henry
22 years

Deputy R. Miguel
20 years

Deputy J. Padilla
31 years 

Deputy O. Taylor
27 years

Deputy A. Wong 
15 years


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© 2017
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Sheriff's Department
A Message from Sheriff 
Vicki Hennessy

Welcome to the June 2017 Sheriff's Department Newsletter. The department has been quite busy as spring gives way to summer.
Goodbye to Carl Koehler, my valued Undersheriff, for the past 17 months. Carl stepped down in May. He brought a wealth of experience and knowledge that served the department well.  

Please join me in congratulating Matthew Freeman on his new role as Undersheriff. He took over the duties in May. Matt is a 26-year department veteran who has held every rank, and brings his meticulous management style to City Hall. He was born and raised in San Francisco, and attended Sacred Heart High School, City College of San Francisco and Skyline College.
Since I've been Sheriff, I've made it a priority to replenish our ranks, but it takes time. A lack of hiring from 2012 to 2016 seriously affected our department numbers. Employees retired, separated or were promoted, but weren't replaced. We've been hiring deputy sheriffs and have more recruits attending academies. But in the meantime, we still must meet minimum staffing mandates. I must ensure our jails, courts, community programs, support functions and contract locations are staffed appropriately daily to maintain safe, secure and efficient operations. For this reason, and knowing we were entering the high vacation season, we instituted the Fair Share Overtime (Fair Share) program. Fair Share requires deputy sheriffs and senior deputy sheriffs to bid on the overtime they prefer. They must work at least 12 overtime hours per pay period. Sheriff's lieutenants and sergeants must work 8 overtime hours every other pay period. Fair Share is in effect through September 8. We are meeting with the Deputy Sheriffs' Association to review the results. So far, the outcome has been promising. By everyone doing his or her part, we can make it through this difficult time.
On this note, we have increased our recruitment efforts. At the Career Information Night this month in Bayview, deputy sheriffs, as well as cadets and Department of Emergency Management and Department of Public Works civilian employees, shared information with more than 50 attendees about working for the City and County of San Francisco. Anyone interested in becoming a deputy sheriff should check out our recruitment booths at community festivals and events throughout San Francisco, including the Pride celebration at Civic Center on June 24-25. You also can visit our website.
Speaking of Pride, we will show our support of the LGBTQ community by joining the festive parade atmosphere June 25. The Color Guard will lead our contingent, followed by deputy sheriffs, civilian employees and family and friends marching down Market Street.
The Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER) celebrated Memorial Day - and the program's seventh anniversary - with an afternoon of food, songs, poetry and speeches at County Jail #5. Keynote speaker and COVER cofounder Sunny Schwartz reiterated the importance of leaving no veteran behind, and COVER cofounder and Women's Resource Center Program Coordinator Aida McCray unveiled a quilt designed by COVER inmates.
I made a promise when I became Sheriff to ensure the staff receives adequate training. We offered mandatory firearms and defensive tactics training and held the first California POST-certified gender awareness classes in the past year. Deputy sheriffs also received crisis intervention training and will attend implicit bias workshops in our next training cycle. Additionally, supervisors - primarily sergeants and lieutenants - took part in sessions on leadership values, incident reports and witness statements this spring.
My goal is to provide continuous educational guidance to staff. Last year we added classes for supervisors and middle managers. I facilitate training on professionalism and expectations, which I enjoy because it creates a dialogue with supervisors and mid-level managers responsible for directing the day-to-day operations. I learn as much as I impart. These men and women are impressive, as they are the "boots on the ground" and perform a difficult job with dedication, compassion and diligence. I intend to add classes designed to promote a greater understanding on subjects such as brain development, drug addiction and mental health classes for our civilian staff and deputies.  
As I've mentioned in previous newsletters, I meet monthly with the Domestic Violence Consortium and the Department on the Status of Women. We used their input to draft an employee-involved domestic violence policy. This document provides a roadmap on what to do if a sworn or non-sworn employee is arrested for domestic violence. Additionally, we are completing a brochure in five languages on how to get a temporary restraining order served by the Civil Unit at no charge. The brochure will be circulated through the Superior Court Clerk's office and available on our website.
The San Francisco Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (SF LEAD) is scheduled to begin in September. The Board of State and Community Corrections, which is responsible for all state prisons, jails and probation departments, awarded $5.9 million to the City and County of San Francisco. SF LEAD is based on a Seattle program in which law enforcement, public health and the district attorney provide a choice of diversion or court in certain cases. The San Francisco Department of Public Health,  Police Department, Sheriff's Department, Adult Probation Department and District Attorney's Office collaborate on the program. Eligibility will be determined by the offense committed and mental health and/or substance abuse status. Adult Probation will manage the diversion drop-off and will be open 24/7. 
Every year, Prisoner Legal Services (PLS), led by directing attorney Nick Gregoratos, sponsors several law school interns. These future barristers assist PLS in working with inmates on numerous legal issues, from simple legal questions to complicated child custody or eviction issues.
I spent time speaking to and welcoming the interns in May. This year's interns are Mathew Dalton and Myra Hernandez (UC Hastings), Justine Joya (University of San Francisco) and Whitney Cowell and Michael Doi (Golden Gate University).
Finally, as we enter the summer months and vacation time of the year, I wish you all a safe and enjoyable season.

Matthew Freeman 
Appointed Undersheriff 

Undersheriff Matthew Freeman 

Twenty-six-year veteran Matthew Freeman brings his principled and diligent management style to City Hall as the new Undersheriff. Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy promoted him in May, replacing former Undersheriff Carl Koehler, who retired earlier this year.  

Sheriff Hennessy said of Undersheriff Freeman, "Out of many qualified candidates, I thought he was best positioned through his training, experience, ability to communicate and his work ethic to be the Undersheriff who would work best with me."

His new duties include leading the merger of the Central Records Unit and Central Warrant Bureau, and several capital improvement projects, including an upgrade to County Jail #2 security systems. 

"It's fantastic working for our department," he said of his new role. "It's a very dynamic environment."

Undersheriff Freeman joined the Sheriff's Department in 1991, and started his career at the old County Jail #3 in San Bruno. He has held every rank in the department. In addition to his service in the jails, he worked in Court Services, the Station Transfer Unit and the Institutional Patrol Unit. As a captain, he supervised all units and sections in the Field Operations Division, including Civil, Court Services, Transportation, and the Emergency Services Unit. Before his promotion, he served as Chief Deputy of the Custody Operations Division.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Undersheriff Freeman graduated from Sacred Heart High School, and attended City College of San Francisco and Skyline College. 

Deputy Sheriffs Attend National, California Peace Officers Memorial Ceremonies

From left: Sgt. J. Pineda, a British Metropolitan Police Constable and Sgt. J. Dolly at the memorial in Washington, D.C.

Sheriff's Department deputy sheriffs traveled to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to attend somber national and state memorials that honored brave law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Sergeant J. Pineda and Sergeant J. Dolly represented the department at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 14. This memorial paid tribute to the 143 law enforcement officers nationwide killed on the job in 2016. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund engraved the officers' names on the memorial's walls. Including the 2016 numbers, the memorial contained 20,538 names, dating back to the first known slain officer in 1791. 

Honor Guard members Lt. C. Krol, Deputy V. Josif, Deputy B. Staehely and Deputy W. Chan at the commemoration in Sacramento. 

In Sacramento, Honor Guard members
Lt. C. Krol, Deputy B. Staehely, Deputy W. Chan and Deputy V. Josif attended the 41st California Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony on May 8. This event memorialized the 10 California peace officers who died in the line of duty last year and five officers from the past.

Law enforcement representatives and immediate family members of the officers marched in the Walk of Honor. At the California Peace Officers' Memorial Monument, the names of the 15 officers were formally added. The beautiful and solemn memorial ceremony featured a riderless horse, a 21-gun salute and released doves.

President John F. Kennedy established National Police Week in 1962 to venerate law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.  

California Peace Officers' Memorial Monument.

Sheriff's Department Attends 
Career Day at Middle School

Deputy Segundo spoke about her law enforcement career. 

Knowing it is never too soon for children to think about the future, Deputy I. Segundo, Deputy N. Leal and Five Keys School and Programs' Joanna Hernandez engaged Everett Middle School students with practical advice at the school's Career Day on May 5.

Deputy Segundo offered the children three tips for pursuing a law enforcement career: stay out of trouble; work hard academically; and get involved in your community. Deputy Leal emphasized not allowing anything to interrupt career goals, and Ms. Hernandez encouraged the children to finish school.

Career Day brought together 20 men and women from nontraditional careers in which minorities are underrepresented, including medicine, teaching, construction, coding and research. The speakers urged the students to recognize and develop their own potential.

The school thanked Captain M. Fisher, the Sheriff's Department and Five Keys Schools and Programs for making the day thought-provoking and motivating for the children.

Sheriff's Department Holds 
Recruitment Events in June
(From left) Deputy M. Creshon, Deputy N. Bista, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, Senior Deputy A. Knox, Senior Deputy D. Novak and Deputy J. Lawsha at the Juneteenth recruitment booth.

Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy invites all interested in becoming a deputy sheriff to check out the department's recruitment booths this summer. Recruiters are available to answer questions and offer advice at the following community events:
  • San Francisco Pride, June 24, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Civic Center Plaza
  • WCA Youth Academy, June 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., San Bruno
  • Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 1-2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fillmore and Jackson Streets
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair, August 5-6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Japantown
  • PISTHAN, August 12-13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 700 Howard Street
  • 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
Additionally, about 50 people attended the City and County of San Francisco's Career Information Night on June 13. Deputy sheriffs, cadets and Department of Emergency Management and Department of Public Works civilian employees shared information about working for the city, and navigating the Department of Human Resources application process.

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 
COVER's Completed Quilt 

Last month, we reported on the quilting class at County Jail #5. Here's the Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER) pod's completed quilt. The quilt was unveiled at COVER's seventh anniversary and Memorial Day celebration.

From left: Chief Deputy P. Miyamoto, COVER program coordinator Ron Perez, COVER cofounder Sunny Schwartz and COVER cofounder and rehabilitation services coordinator Aida McCray. Kneeling: Captain K. Paulson. 
Tips for National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month, which reminds everyone to practice safety at work and at home every day. This year's theme is "Keep each other safe."

The National Safety Council will highlight a different topic every week on its website during June. Here are some tips from the National Safety Council:
  • Prevent slips, trips and falls - Clean up spills and leaks, keep aisles and exits clear of items, and replace worn or damaged flooring.
  • Eliminate fire hazards - Employees are responsible for keeping unnecessary combustible materials from accumulating in the work area.
  • Prevent falling objects - Stack boxes and materials straight up and down to keep them from falling. Place heavier objects on lower shelves, and don't stack objects in areas where workers walk, including aisles.
  • Clear clutter - Clutter can lead to ergonomics issues and possible injuries because workers have less space to move.
  • Store materials properly - Storage areas shouldn't have an accumulation of materials that present hazards for tripping, fire or pests.
  • Determine frequency - All workers should keep their work areas tidy.
  • Think long-term - Housekeeping should be done regularly, not a one-time initiative. 

Healing and Hope Workshop Gives Women Prisoners a New Perspective

In 2010, Sheriff's Department program coordinator Cheryl Dawson, M.A., M. Div., looked for a way to use the principles of restorative justice in counseling women prisoners. The result was Healing and Hope, a 22-hour intensive workshop she designed to move them through cycles of revelation, accountability and making amends. Twelve County Jail #2 prisoners took part in the most recent workshop, which ran from Friday evening, April 28, through Sunday afternoon, April 30. Dawson last held the workshop in 2014.  

Dawson opened her workshop with a movie that featured injustice - this time it was "12 Years a Slave" - then created a safe space in which the women were encouraged to discuss their experiences. She prompted them to consider their own cultural experiences and injustices. "I begin with an examination of cultural influences and institutions that have shaped the lives of the women," Dawson said. "They have such shattered self-esteem and have been failed by schools, hospitals, foster care, social services. No one has kept them safe. Women have experienced having no voice, being property, being devalued. I want them to know they are wonderful and loving human beings who have perpetrated injustice and now take responsibility."

On Saturday and Sunday, Dawson led the women to discover positivity in themselves, then acknowledge their conduct. The inmates spoke to each other about their feelings and also wrote in journals. On Sunday, Dawson invited both a minister and a probation officer to speak to the women about community and spirituality. Dawson said the workshop was hard work and can be painful but it benefited the women. She also credited her coworkers for making the workshop possible. "The workshop wouldn't be possible without the women who work with me," she said. 

Sheriff's Department 
Celebrates LGBTQ Pride

The Sheriff's Department's Pride patch. 

The Sheriff's Department invites staff, friends and family to join in the fun at the 47th annual Pride celebration June 25. The Color Guard will lead the department's contingent. Sheriff Hennessy will ride in the parade in a convertible, and there will be marked units, buses, and deputy sheriffs in attendance, including those in the LGBTQ community, and civilian coworkers and their families and allies marching in the parade. 

The department also plans to operate a recruitment booth at the celebration/rally at Civic Center on June 24-25.

Lieutenant S. Tilton, one of the organizers, said he expects a good turnout from the department. "We're going to have a large contingent. I'll be there with my partner and our German Shepherd."

The Pride celebration's theme this year is "A Celebration of Diversity."

San Francisco Pride is one of the largest gatherings in the nation. Pride commemorates New York City's Stonewall Inn rebellion, which occurred in 1969. 
Five Keys, Sheriff's Department Strengthen Ties to the Workforce Development Community

By Steve Good

Five Keys Charter Schools will be the first charter school in California to operate a jail-based job center (JBJC). Five Keys and the Sheriff's Department learned the proposal was accepted to establish a JBJC in the San Francisco county jails. 

This came about through Five Keys' ongoing relationship with the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). Five Keys' leadership pitched the concept of a jail-based job center (JBJC) to operate in the San Francisco County Jails to OEWD. Five Keys received a $100,000 grant from OEWD.
This program will provide men and women who have multiple barriers to employment with job readiness services while they are in custody. Services provided include cognitive behavioral interventions for employment, career inventory assessments, resume building and case management targeted to the county's workforce centers. The JBJC will deliver programs and services  that increase clients' employability, including one-on-one case management for reentry planning and referrals to workforce service partners in the community. 

Funding from OEWD will enable Five Keys to:
  • Hire a full-time JBJC coordinator who will institutionalize a job readiness focus for recruiting JBJC participants from all of Five Keys' program service areas in two San Francisco jails;
  •  Leverage existing staff and resources to build the framework of barrier removal and job readiness services for the JBJC;
  • Expand job readiness services into the eight housing units and education corridors served by Five Keys to touch 500 to 600 individuals each year through enrollment in the JBJC, of which 150 will be considered core clients who receive substantial job readiness programming and support for barrier removal; 
  • Expand reentry case management services, especially for women and trans individuals who do not currently receive equitable reentry support; and 
  • Work in coordination with OEWD's Access Point Provider Network and the dozens of agencies and organizations that make up the San Francisco Workforce System to share best practices and ensure that formerly incarcerated individuals have the opportunity to change their economic futures. 
Steve Good is the director of Five Keys Charter Schools. 

Prisoner Legal Services' Summer 
Interns Advocate for Inmates

Every summer, Prisoner Legal Services (PLS), led by directing attorney Nick Gregoratos, recruits law students to help provide legal advocacy, information and assistance to San Francisco county jail inmates. PLS interns aid prisoners with legal matters, such as landlord-tenant dispute negotiations, re-entry resource referrals, child support and custody matters, compliance with parole and probation conditions and court orders, and resolution of outstanding criminal and traffic violations in other jurisdictions. This year's interns (from left) are Mathew Dalton and Myra Hernandez (UC Hastings), Justine Joya (University of San Francisco) and Whitney Cowell and Michael Doi (Golden Gate University).

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