Mission Station


SF Mission District homicides down slightly in 2017

Homicides in the Mission District were down in 2017, with eight murders reported by the end of the year, compared to 10 homicides in 2016. In 2017, 56 homicides occurred citywide, compared to a total of 58 in 2016. The first homicide of 2017 took place on New Year’s Day, but 2018 did not see its first killing until last...

SF Mission Station launching unit to curb auto burglaries

The Mission and Taraval police stations are rolling out special units dedicated to solving the rising number of car break-ins and bike thefts in the city. The units officially begin work today, and other stations will form their units over the next year. Police Chief Bill Scott, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee made the...

SF Mission Station ramping up undercover operations, homeless outreach

Mission Station is upping its homeless outreach and undercover operations, said Captain Gaetano Caltagirone at a community meeting Tuesday at the station.    Caltagirone stepped in as head of the station two months ago with promises of better community relations and more “old-fashioned” policing, including foot patrols and undercover drug busts. He also seems to be taking a more participatory...

SF’s low-income residents remain unsure about regional bike-sharing program

It’s broad daylight and I’m standing with a teenager in front of a Ford GoBike Station in the Mission District. Despite being only 14-years-old, he seems completely unafraid of what he’s doing. “I steal these bikes and I wreck them,” he says. A tree with long roots grows into the word “Mission” on the back of his slick black windbreaker....

Back to the Future: New SF Mission Station captain’s crime strategies

It’s hard to be more San Francisco Italian than young Gaetano Caltagirone and his partner, Matt Fambrini, walking the foot beat in North Beach. Caltagirone, now the nascent captain at Mission Station smiles at the memory. “It was so nice walking that beat, you know?” says the 50-year-old Sacred Heart grad. “Growing up in the area and being Italian and...

Most SF police stations falter in communicating with residents

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Would you like to know what the police are up to in your neighborhood? Good luck. Whether you receive frequent communications from the San Francisco Police Department in the form of a newsletter, or nothing at all, depends entirely on where you live and who happens to...

New Mission Station captain charms his audience, but how long will the honeymoon last?

“For those of you that don’t know my name, I’m the guy with two last names,” said the new Mission Station captain in front of a small crowd at Bissap Baobab last Tuesday, displaying the comfort and rhythm of a stand-up comic.   The audience chuckled. Those two “last names” are Gaetano Caltagirone. “It’s an old-school name from Sicily,” he...

Suspicious package prompts office evacuation in SF Mission

A cardboard box left in the vicinity of 17th and Alabama streets Monday morning prompted emergency responders to evacuate around 200 people from an office building in the Mission District, but police determined it wasn’t a threat. Police responded around 8:45 a.m. Monday morning to a call about a suspicious package, said Mission Station Captain Gaetano Caltagirone. Some 10 officers...

Police use of force down citywide; up in SF Mission

Despite a citywide reduction in police using force in the third quarter of this year, the Mission District accounted for the highest number of times officers used force — and has actually seen an uptick, according to use-of-force data released by the SFPD. In the third quarter of 2017, the police reported 622 uses of force citywide, down 32.1 percent...

Help over handcuffs: BART police officers see promise in new drug diversion program

The BART police officers said Noah, a homeless resident, might be hard to look at when we found him. They knew from his mother that he was in bad shape, probably needed to go to the hospital, and they were intent on finding him and making that happen.   “I’ve been out here about two and a half years and...

Officer critically injured on Halloween recovering slowly

The police officer that was critically wounded in a Halloween night shootout in the Castro is inching closer to recovery, internal police emails obtained by Mission Local indicate. Officer Shawn Kai Hintzen, aged 41 and a nine-year veteran of the police department, was undergoing surgery on his intestines on Thursday morning. He had shrapnel removed from his stomach, and was...

‘Something to be learned here’ – a SF Mission District captain’s quick exit

Not all that long ago, a retired San Francisco cop noticed an uptick in the number of black-and-white police cruisers out of Mission Station rolling by on Jersey or Elizabeth Streets. Being a cop, and a retiree with time on his hands, he naturally made inquiries — and, naturally, gossiped about it to his fellow cops and retirees. What he...

Even living in an RV, SF woman experiences a cascade of evictions

Melodie sat hunched over in the front row of the Mission District meeting with papers in her lap, intently writing notes. The 40 bicyclists and government officials in front of her testified as to why they wanted Melodie and the cohort of homeless residents out from under the tangle of freeway exchanges between Highway 101 and Cesar Chavez St. collectively...

New SF Mission Police captain promises better community policing

Capt. Gaetano Caltagirone, who took over as Mission Station Captain on Saturday, promised the 20 residents who attended Thursday night’s community meeting a lot more engagement. He said he will resume the station newsletter, establish a community policing advisory board — the Mission District remains the only police district without one — and reinstate monthly community meetings, which had been...

SFPD settles with ex-cop after allegations of sexual harassment

A former Mission Station police officer who was allegedly sexually harassed by a fellow officer at the station will receive $350,000 in a settlement approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Linda Chen, who is now retired from the police department, alleged in a lawsuit against the SFPD that, in 2013, Officer Avery Parker physically and sexually harassed her...