Mission Station

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...

New SF Mission police captain holding community meeting Thursday

If you have questions or concerns for new Mission Station Capt. Gaetano Caltagirone — or would just like to meet him — don’t miss the community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mission Station (630 Valencia St.). Capt. Caltagirone assumed the post on Saturday after Capt. Bill Griffin was reassigned to a Special Operations Unit focused on terrorist incidents and catastrophic...

SF Coffee with a Cop yields casual chatter, questions about homicides

Officers Viet Ha and Joseph Dal Porto were prepared to have coffee with the residents of the Tenderloin who wandered into the Peet’s on Market Street when a woman approached them.   “Excuse me?” she asked tentatively. “There is a homeless man exposing himself in the BART station.” It was a not-so-perfect start to Coffee with a Cop, a National...

The Tasers SF proposes buying are backed by few studies

To Rick Smith, the founder and chief executive officer of Axon, which manufactures Tasers, electricity is not something to be feared, but revered. Electricity offers life. Without it, Smith wrote in 2007, “Earth would be nothing but a barren rock in the cosmos.” And Smith has long been determined to prove this point, arguing that equipping law enforcement with the...

SF Fix-It team can beautify a park, but sex work resistant to remedies

Jose Coronado Playground at 21st and Shotwell streets will soon be getting new trees, signage and resurfaced athletic courts — but the sex workers, johns and pimps that neighbors have long complained about are unlikely to leave anytime soon. Captain Bill Griffin from Mission Station said the prostitution is not as “linear” as citing loiterers around the park. And it...

SF Mission businesses look forward to more police foot patrols

Mission District business owners along 24th Street said the police chief’s decision to quadruple the number of foot patrols in the next week will be a welcome change — especially after what many say has been a multi-year absence of foot patrols. Even near the 16th Street BART plaza, where merchants have had more recent interaction with police, business owners...

SF police respond to a man holding a knife to his neck

A man holding a knife to his own throat elicited a large police response Sunday morning at 23rd and Mission streets, according to eyewitnesses. Around 10:20 a.m. Sunday, witness David Ortiz described seeing a man who looked like he might have been around 60 years old and homeless in the middle of the street on 23rd and Mission streets, holding...

SFPD foot patrols will quadruple in SF Mission

The San Francisco Police Department will nearly quadruple the number of foot patrols operating from Mission Police Station, which covers the Mission and Castro districts, starting Sept. 9, Chief William Scott announced today at a press conference.   The department would not release the number of foot patrols currently operating in the Mission, but did say that right now there...

SFPD will remain in Dolores Park indefinitely

City leaders told an audience of more than 100 community members Monday night that they would maintain a daily police presence in Dolores Park and devise more proactive measures to address the conditions that lead to an Aug. 3 shooting that injured three people. One of those measures may include updating the footbridge connecting Dolores Park to Church Street, where...

Props to the cops

Police arrested a young man brandishing a metal pipe on Albion Street today at around 10:45 a.m. One witness said the man looked mentally unstable, as he backed down Albion Street toward 17th, facing the police, brandishing the pipe and screaming that the cops were going to put him in jail or kill him. The officers calmly reassured him that...