Northern Station

Northern Station beat officers bond with community in SF’s Japantown

Officer Shawn Fulgado, 45, used to go to Japantown Bowl with his father, Max, who worked maintenance in Japan Center. His work partner, 38-year-old Officer Yuka Nagamine spent her early years in Japantown because her parents worked and owned restaurants in the area. Besides a beat, they share a nostalgia. “The bowling alley isn’t there anymore,” he said. “Yeah, we...

A captain’s-eye-view of SF’s Northern police district

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A year and a half ago, Capt. John Jaimerena took command of San Francisco’s Northern District Police Station. And what a year it has been — auto break-ins are up, and more homeless residents are living on the streets. “We came in first place at Northern Station...

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...