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September-October 2017 - ISSUES 56-57
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Captain J. Scannell
Captain S. Tilton

New Hires:

Deputy B. Aquino
Deputy C. Calhoun
Deputy A. Deering
Deputy J. Gomez-Wong 
Deputy A. Hankes
Deputy J. Kahler
Deputy P. Kim
Deputy C. Lee
Deputy S. Lee
Deputy E. Leo
Deputy V. Lo
Deputy J. Lologo
Deputy J. Martinez
Deputy J. Meadors
Deputy G. Nagy
Deputy A. Nguyen
Deputy K. Nong
Deputy R. Pardo
Deputy A. Sarmiento
Deputy J. Singh
Deputy S. Stanford
Deputy N. Torreano
Deputy J. White
Deputy H. Wu
Cadet I. Abu-Arafeh
Cadet A. Arrescurrenaga
Cadet J. Artuz
Cadet J. Carranza
Cadet C. Fields
Cadet E. Gataveckas
Cadet G. Gee
Cadet C. Harrington
Cadet L. Jones
Cadet A. Machado
Cadet N. Musto
Cadet M. Reid


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

Welcome to the September-October 2017 Sheriff's Department Newsletter.

This edition, like the others, covers a variety of activity in the department.

My thanks to Mayor Ed Lee for recognizing the first on-scene responders at the UPS building mass shooting in June. The Mayor presented commemorative pins to three of our deputies who responded quickly when news of the shooting came over the radio. Many departments worked together under the San Francisco Police Department's incident command.

In this issue, CFO Crispin Hollings provides a budget recap regarding overtime, hiring, and equipment.

On June 22, 2017, I attended the Chop Shop Community Conversation Project launch, which began as the brainchild of Young Community Developers, Inc., a non-profit group led by Executive Director Shamann Walton, Timothy Waters and Percy Burch. The idea was to have meaningful conversations between law enforcement and community members, in various neighborhood barbershops and beauty salons throughout July and August. Sheriff's Department members attended along with SFPD members to discuss our relationships and to understand and work through implicit bias on all sides. I joined Police Chief Bill Scott, School Board Member Shaman Walton and Police Commissioner Dr. Joe Marshall in a videotaped panel discussion at the Chicago Barbershop. Community members asked probing questions about law enforcement leadership and the community. I hope to see the video soon and will share it with you in a future newsletter.

We also profile The Garden Project and its founder and manager, Cathrine Sneed. The Garden Project's history goes back to the early 1980's when non-violent offenders worked the land at the San Bruno complex. Fast forward to today, Cathrine has transitioned the Garden Project to a work training and life skills program, preparing young people for environmentally based employment with support from the PUC and SFPD.

Many people do not understand that our deputy sheriffs are sworn peace officers and that our jobs require continuing education and training. To meet this demand, we moved our Training Unit to our San Bruno campus into the former women's misdemeanor jail. See Unit Manager Lt. J. Quanico's report on the many training hours we provide and a firsthand account of a new recruit's training experience.

Those of you who read this column know that our partnership with Five Keys Charter School is cherished for the opportunity we offer for prisoners to earn their high school diplomas. In the last newsletter, we highlighted the new Self-Determination Bus Project, a state-of-the-art mobile classroom coming to city neighborhoods this month. In this issue, we review the Five Keys Schools' "Art Inside 2009-2016" exhibit, displaying approximately 100 Five Keys artists' works, which took place earlier this summer.

Prisoner suicide is an ever-present danger in jails and prisons. This month, Undersheriff Matt Freeman and I recognized our staff for their excellent work in preventing suicides. In 2016 there were no successful suicides - and that also holds true in 2017 thus far. This is due to the hard work of our deputies, who make multiple rounds every shift and are trained to recognize signs of depression, such as self-isolation, lack of appetite, poor hygiene, and other signs that indicate suicidal ideation. Their vigilance has stopped 26 suicide attempts this year. Prisoners who attempt suicide, some more than once, are referred to Jail Behavioral Health for evaluation. Deputies and other staff often refer prisoners to Jail Behavioral Health when they notice a change in behavior such as depression or thoughts of suicidal ideation.

Family members and friends concerned about a prisoner's medical or mental health condition may call 415-554-7225 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or 415-553-1444 nights, weekends and holidays. This information is also available on our website: sfsheriff.com.

Finally, I want to thank all the 65 organizations and members of Five Keys and our staff who participated in the County Jail #2 Resource Fair on August 10, 2017. Connecting our prisoners with community resources is a Department priority, helping to reduce prisoner recidivism and successfully reconnect them with families and neighborhoods.
Mayor Honors First Responders to Deadly UPS Shooting  

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee honored Deputy J. Worthge, Deputy C. Folger and Deputy S. Lee at a pinning ceremony August 10 for their quick response to a mass shooting at a UPS building in June. The deputies were among 17 honorees from the San Francisco Police Department, UC San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and the Department of Emergency Management. The mayor presented the honorees with certificates and pins. 

Top photo, from left: Deputy J. Worthge, Deputy C. Folger, Mayor Ed Lee, Deputy S. Lee, and Undersheriff M. Freeman.

Bottom photo: The honorees at the ceremony.

FY 2017-18 Department Budget Sees Increase for Hiring, Body Scanners and Pretrial Diversion

By Crispin Hollings

The Sheriff's Department's Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 budget includes increases for hiring more deputy sheriffs, purchasing body scanners and providing additional funding for Pretrial Diversion.

The Department's $231.8 million budget is $10.6 million, or 4.8 percent, higher than in FY 2016-17. Cost-of-living salary adjustments drove about 3 percent of the hike, while increased investments in both recruitment and training for sworn personnel spurred the remaining 1.8 percent.

Balancing Overtime and Staffing: Over the past several years, staff separations have far outpaced hiring and training their replacements. Coupled with added staffing requirements at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, these shortfalls have resulted in high levels of overtime, averaging 16 percent of total work hours. To reduce overtime usage and get the Department back up to an appropriate number of employees, the budget funds academy classes and increases sworn personnel from 915 to 935. Although it takes eight to nine months to train new deputy sheriffs to where they count toward staffing minimums, this will drop overtime levels.

Expanding Pretrial Diversion and Electronic Monitoring: The budget also seeks to expand alternatives to incarceration. The budget includes an additional $700,000 for the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, a community based organization that facilitates alternatives to fines, criminal prosecution, and detention. In support of expanding alternatives to incarceration, the Department is working to add Electronic Monitoring (EM) supervision as an option for Superior Court judges. To support the resulting expansion of EM participants, the budget includes funding for additional deputies.

Equipment and Professional Services:
The budget expanded equipment funding from $400,000 in FY 2016-17 to $1.2 million in FY 2017-18. The equipment budget includes funding for six vehicles, including a replacement inmate transport bus, and two body scanners intended to augment strip searches and increase safety in county jail facilities. Finally, the budget includes funding for professional, public safety policy management.

Sheriff's Department Meets With SF Residents at 'Chop Shop: Community Conversation' Event

In many communities, barbershops and hair salons are gathering places where people weigh in on topical issues. Following this notion, the Sheriff's Department met with San Francisco residents at nine neighborhood barbershops and salons in June and July to discuss law enforcement's relationship and role in communities.

Chief A. Waters, Lieutenant J. Sanford, Sergeant A. Collins, Senior Deputy F. Smith, Senior Deputy C. Lewis and San Francisco Police Department officers met with community members as part of the Young Community Developers, Inc.'s (YCD) Chop Shop: Community Conversation Project. The project, which was filmed and being made into a documentary by Sophie Constantinou of Citizen Film, was developed to bring deeper understanding between residents and law enforcement officers.
YCD staff selected barbershops and salons as the stage for an enlightening and productive experience. At each location, YCD participants asked questions about trust, stereotypes and community engagement that spurred frank dialogue. Law enforcement heard about community expectations and how residents view law enforcement.

The citizens in turn absorbed how challenging it is for law enforcement officers to make quick decisions in high-stress situations, the officers' dedication to serving their communities, and the need for increased community engagement. 

Thanks to YCD Executive Director Shamann Walton, Timothy Waters and Percy Burch for inviting the Department to participate in the project. Also thanks to the owners of Braids & Fades, Cutz & Blendz, A Cut Above the Rest, The Shop, Chicago's II, Newbill Barbershop, Let's Get Cute, Essential Beauty Lounge, and Classy Creations for their hospitality. 
The Garden Project's Cathrine Sneed Helps Youths Grow Their Futures

Cathrine Sneed discussed planting with Earth Stewards. 

The Garden Project's Manager Cathrine Sneed, who runs the Earth Stewards training program for at-risk young people, takes the adage "plant a seed and watch it grow" to heart.

Sneed founded the Earth Stewards training program in 2004. Teens and young adults learn about landscaping and native plant propagation at San Francisco's 1,400 acres of reservoirs, as well as growing vegetables at County Jail #5's 15-acre garden. College-age Earth Stewards work year-round, and high school-aged youths join the staff during the summer. But it's not merely a job to her Earth Stewards; it's preparing young people to think about their futures. Since 2004, the Earth Stewards program, supported by the Sheriff's Department, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Police Department, has provided more than 2,000 youths with jobs. About 243 Earth Stewards worked this summer.

"What we're doing is teaching people how to work," she said. "If we can put people to work, they will not go to our jails. I also feel very strongly about the ability of people in law enforcement to motivate people to emulate their positive characteristics, such as coming to work every day and on time, working in a group, taking direction, doing difficult work."

The Garden Project produces over 100 tons of vegetables a year, possibly 120 tons this year, Sneed said. Earth Stewards grow beets, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, pumpkins and zucchini. The program donates the vegetables to at least 20 nonprofit organizations and schools. The pumpkins are distributed at the schools and pumpkin patches at Halloween.

Sneed joined the Sheriff's Department as a counselor in 1980 when the department opened its first women's work furlough program. While she was a law student, she met then-Sheriff Mike Hennessey, who brought her in as a prison law intern. She said she initially wanted to practice prison law, but eventually became more interested in counseling at the jails.

She then was diagnosed with a potentially fatal kidney illness. While Sneed was in the hospital, a friend brought her a copy of "The Grapes of Wrath." Sneed said she realized getting in touch with nature had healing properties. Hennessey agreed to allow her to start a gardening project at the San Bruno Jail, called the San Francisco County Jail Horticulture Project, in 1982. Inmates learned how to tend to the gardens at the jail. Once she was working in nature, Sneed went into remission. To this day, she continues to make an impact on youths' lives.
County Jail #2 Holds 
Reentry Resource Fair

Community based organizations at the Reentry Resource Fair. 

About 236 male and female inmates attended a Reentry Resources Fair held August 3 at County Jail #2. The Sheriff's Department and Five Keys Schools and Programs hosted the fair, with 55 community based organizations and eight to 10 hiring agencies on hand. Mick Gardner, assistant director of Programs/Reentry at Five Keys Schools and Programs, said the fair serves to "connect the unconnected." He added, "We're in a rich community of resources here in San Francisco."
Department Focuses on 
Training of New Recruits

By Lt. J. Quanico

Early morning visitors to the Sheriff's Department's Training Unit hear recruits shouting "Sir, yes sir!" while the recruits line up in formation. The Training Unit looks like a production center for some of the best trained deputy sheriffs in the nation.

The reason is the longstanding culture of the Training Unit, which recently moved operations to the San Bruno Training Center. Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy emphasized the importance of training when she took office in January 2016. Investing in training is key to developing new recruits who can better serve and protect the San Francisco community.

San Francisco Sheriff's Deputies are required to pass training milestones before assuming full duty in the jails. They must pass a Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy; they must pass a 144-hour BSCC-certified jail operations course, called Core, which far exceeds the state hourly requirement; and, they must pass a seven-week, one-on-one on-site training during which they are paired with a Jail Training Officer and required to demonstrate proficiency in 30 jail-specific skills.  They also work with a Field Training Officer for on-the-job training.  

These eight-plus months of intensive training represent a significant commitment of time and resources by both the Sheriff's Department and each recruit, so we do everything we can to ensure their success. This starts before they report to the academy, with a two-week pre-academy class. Here, recruits hone report writing skills, become familiar with equipment, and learn to march. During the pre-academy, training staff look for any deficiencies the recruits might have, and develop an individualized learning plan for each one.

After successful graduation from the academy, the Core course immerses recruits in jail operations training, which includes gender awareness and crisis intervention. San Francisco's gender awareness training is the only such class certified by POST. It is designed to give recruits an understanding of the unique needs of the transgender, gender variant and intersex community. Crisis Intervention Training provides recruits the tools and knowledge necessary to interact effectively with persons with mental illness.

Once the recruits complete the Core, they receive their assignments and meet their Jail Training Officer from whom they will learn the everyday custody and administrative tasks specific to their facility. 

Lastly, in August 2015, POST approved the department's first Field Training Program. This much anticipated 12-week course started on August 12, 2016. 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. The Sheriff's Department currently has 11 Field Training Officers.  The goal is to train 14 deputies for FY 2017-2018.
Deputy Describes Her 
Training Experience

Deputy S. Cox

By Deputy S. Cox

Becoming a deputy sheriff has been an exhilarating yet challenging experience. I've gained a broader perspective in the past year on the skills and qualities needed to perform my job well.

My career with the Sheriff's Department began with the 181st Basic Academy Class, which was hosted by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. This six-month training challenged me both mentally and physically through its demanding academic course and rigorous exercise programs. As part of my training, I wrote reports, learned defensive driving tactics, shot firearms and practiced self-defense. I also worked through scenarios that developed conflict resolution skills and appropriate use of force maneuvers. Instructors also tested my ability to comprehend material such as property crimes, laws of arrest, domestic violence, gang awareness, and other topics. Six other deputies and I graduated on October 28, 2016.

Following graduation, I began my next training phase with a monthlong Core class. Core provided insight on department operations, expectations, as well as policy and procedures. I toured department facilities, including the Hall of Justice Courts, county jails, and the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where the department provides patrol services. More importantly, Core was where I felt connected and part of the team. 
Next, I transitioned to our Jail Training Officer (JTO) program. On JTO, I was taught how to maintain the security and safety of the jail. I was assigned to County Jail #2 and for six weeks, I shadowed seasoned deputies while learning jail operations. I worked within a pod, moved inmates around the facility, and monitored the entire jail through central control.

Training taught me new skills that I will utilize the rest of my career. I am looking forward to the opportunities available within the Department as I continue to grow and mature as a deputy sheriff.
Five Keys Student Artists' Works Featured in Art Showcase

From left: Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Five Keys teacher and show curator KR, artist Fred Ross, curator Andrei Glase, artists James Flanagan and Barbara Jordan, Five Keys teacher and curator Suzanne Motley and artist Deonte Releford at the Five Keys artists' reception.

By Andrei Glase

Nearly 100 Five Keys Schools and Programs student artists displayed their work at "The Artist Inside, 2009-2016" earlier this summer at Kings Gallery of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. 

The art styles in the show featured an eclectic collection of paintings, drawings, collages, photography, printmaking and wall hung sculpture that represented realism, abstraction and pointillism.

The Kings Gallery occasionally hosts art shows that have a social justice or interfaith content.

The show also premiered a full-length documentary in June titled "The Corridor," which followed a Five Keys class to graduation. A panel discussion followed the movie with Assistant School Director Terese Bravo, Five Keys teacher Tyson Amir, Lieutenant R. DeBiasio, Bethany Vollmer (a student in the film) and filmmakers Annelise Wunderlich and Richard O'Connell.

Additionally, the gallery hosted an artists' reception also in June, which included poetry and spoken word by the artists and curators. Remarks by Public Defender Jeff Adachi commended the Sheriff's Department's role in creating Five Keys and its teachers who inspire the students. He stated that it is "a really fine program that helps artists find themselves through the magic of art."

A special thanks to everyone involved in making these events a success. 

Andrei Glase is an art educator who initiated these events at Kings Gallery.
Sheriff's Department Holds 
Recruitment Event

Sheriff Vicki L. Hennessy invites all interested in becoming a deputy sheriff to check out the department's recruitment booths. Recruiters are available to answer questions and offer advice at the following community events:
  • Southeast Sector Health Fair, October 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 1800 Oakdale Ave. 
  • Veterans Day Parade, November 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Civic Center Plaza
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 

Welcome, New Cadets!  

Please welcome our group of new cadets, who recently completed their weeklong orientation. They are assigned to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Hall of Justice lobby, City Hall security, Civic Center Courthouse and the Field Operations Division Administration. Back row, from left: G. Gee, J. Artuz, I. Abu-Arafeh, E. Gataveckas, J. Carranza and M. Reid. Front row: N. Musto, A. Arrescurrenaga, L. Jones, C. Fields, A. Machado and C. Harrington. 
Bringing the Bard to County Jail #5

The Sheriff's Department and Five Keys Schools and Programs brought a taste of Shakespeare to County Jail #5 in September. Nine inmates acted out selected scenes from "Hamlet."

They performed Act I, scene 2, and Act V, scene 2. They also recited two soliloquies, from Act II, scene 2, and Act III, scene 1, which has the well-known "To be or not to be" line.

The production came about when Director Herb Felsenfeld became interested in teaching a class at the jail after learning about Five Keys from his then-neighbor, former Sheriff Michael Hennessey. Felsenfeld discussed the possibility of creating the class with Five Keys Executive Director Steve Good, then founded the Supported Shakespeare program at County Jail #5 in December 2015.

The inmates met with Felsenfeld several times a week to rehearse. He taught them acting techniques that included what he called the "holy trinity" of acting - thought, action and behavior. "I was always pushing them to go deeper into the action of the text," he said. "Motivating the actors is a complex process that involves creating strong relationships."

Felsenfeld said he selected Shakespeare, specifically "Hamlet," to "set the bar high," he said.

An inmate said the production had changed his life. "It was altering," he said. "It had a synergistic effect. It started as something simple that then caused me to dig deeper in myself. It opened my eyes to a bigger world."

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