SFPSP officer protection legislation

January 7, 2010

Introduced by District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, January 5, 2010.

[Penalties for assaulting or battering a patrol special officer.]

Resolution encouraging the Chief of the San Francisco Police Department to consider imposition of increased potential penalties for individuals who commit assault or battery on a patrol special police officer.

WHEREAS, patrol special officers are regulated by the Police Commission and the Chief of the San Francisco Police Department as determined by the San Francisco Charter and the California Penal Code; and

WHEREAS, patrol special officers patrol certain beats and territories to maintain and improve public safety; and

WHEREAS, patrol special officers risk being deliberately assaulted or battered in the course of their work and victims merit special consideration when imposing a sentence so as to display condemnation for violent crime; and

WHEREAS, numerous sections of state and local penal law provide increased potential penalties for certain occupations when employees are victims of assault or battery during their work including, for example, emergency medical technicians, peace officers, nurses, traffic officers and more; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the City and County of San Francisco encourages the appropriate governing authorities take the necessary steps to increase the potential penalties for those who commit assaults or batteries on patrol special officers while the patrol special officers are acting within the limited scope of their duty; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Chief of Police and Police Commission.

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Man in Patrol Special case makes bail

January 7, 2010

by Cynthia Laird

c.laird@ebar.com

The man who was charged with assault in connection with a Christmas Day melee that left San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner with a broken arm has made bail, according to the district attorney’s office.

James Crayton McCullough, 60, of San Francisco, pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges at his arraignment December 31. Brian Buckelew, director of legal affairs and public information for the district attorney’s office, said that at the time of his arraignment, McCullough’s bail was raised to $250,000 and he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

But on January 4, McCullough made bail.

Buckelew did say that several stay-away orders were issued, however, meaning that McCullough cannot go to the Castro District or the Badlands or Trigger bars. The Castro is defined in the order as being bounded by Dolores, 14th, Market, Diamond, and 19th streets, Buckelew said.

McCullough’s attorney, Jeremy Blank, told the Bay Area Reporter that his client “feels terrible” about what happened to Warner.

“He is quite distraught about the injury she suffered,” Blank said Tuesday. “He has been a long-standing member of the Castro community for 20 years.”

Blank said that he is continuing to investigate the incident and is looking for additional witnesses.

Blank also said that McCullough’s residence is outside of the Castro, and it is not covered by the stay-away order.

“But he certainly is a member of the community,” Blank said.

As reported online last week in the BAR, the incident started at around 1:14 a.m. December 25. Warner and Patrol Special Police Officer John Adamsons were checking in with security outside the Cafe when they were approached by a young man who alerted them that a fight was brewing at Trigger, Warner said.

Immediately, Adamsons and Warner crossed Market Street to check out the situation. They found McCullough leaning up against a parked car outside of the trendy club yelling, “fucking assholes,” at the doormen, Warner said. McCullough appeared to be intoxicated and she noticed a gash in his head that was bleeding, she said. McCullough became verbally and physically hostile, and attempted to push Warner away from him when she began to ask him if he needed help, Warner told the B.A.R.

Without warning McCullough then charged the doormen. Warner said that she stepped between them and attempted to hold him back while telling him he was under arrest. Within a few moments McCullough attacked Warner. She protected herself with her baton, hitting McCullough twice before she felt his fist on her left arm and she fell to the ground in pain. Warner immediately called for assistance over the police radio, she said.

McCullough was later taken into custody.

Warner, who estimates that she’ll be recovering for a couple of months, is nonetheless back out on the street.

“I’m out there walking,” she said, adding that she is accompanied by another patrol special officer.

She said that the same security services are being offered to her clients, which are various Castro merchants.

In a related matter, Supervisor Bevan Dufty is expected to request that legislation be drafted that would add enhancements for battery or assault on a patrol special officer, similar to what was done for Department of Parking and Traffic officers.

Warner also writes the B.A.R.‘s crime column, which she plans to resume once she has recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the incident can call Blank at (415) 710-2728.

01/07/2010

Bay Area Reporter: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4456


Dufty urges protections for patrol specials

January 6, 2010

By: Joshua Sabatini
Examiner Staff Writer
01/06/10 8:10 AM PST

Supervisor Bevan Dufty introduced a resolution Tuesday urging protections for the 161-year-old Patrol Special Police, who are overseen by the San Francisco Police Department.

Dufty said this group is not afforded the same protections of other workers and wants to see that change, ensuring that the penalties for assaulting the patrol specials in the line of duty are as severe as for assaulting police officers, animal control officers and parking control officers, among others.

He told a story about a recent incident, in which Patrol Special Officer Jane Warner was assaulted in the line of duty outside of an establishment on Market Street on Christmas Day. An individual who was intoxicated — who had previously been arrested two years earlier for an assault outside of a bar in the Castro — had been in a brawl. When she went to assist him, he assaulted her and broke her arm.

It sounds like the District Attorney isn’t taking the assault lightly. Dufty said the guy was hit with nine counts.

“I’m introducing today a resolution which asks the Police Commission and the Chief of Police to take actions that would provide the same protections” that exist for the “San Francisco police department officers and a number of others who are protected under state code from being assaulted in the line of duty,” he said.

San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/under-the-dome/Dufty-urges-protections-for-patrol-specials–80771162.html


Clients are highly satisfied with San Francisco Patrol Special Police, survey finds

January 5, 2010

Patrol Special police reported on January 4, 2010, enthusiastic support by their private business and residential clients for their special supplementary policing services that are service-oriented and responsive to merchant and resident concerns. Public police are facing layoffs in San Francisco as well as cutbacks in use of expensive overtime announced in December.

Clients surveyed by Professor Edward Stringham, noted economist from San Jose State University, reported an “overwhelming support” for the fast response time and friendly, professional demeanor of the Patrol Special Police. They reported that Patrol Specials provide policing that public police have no time to provide and in some cases, do not have the organizational culture to provide. Patrol Special Police are viewed as proactive to prevent small incidents from becoming large, expensive crimes. See full press release here.

Then link the word “here” to:
http://www.sfspecialneighborhoodpolicing.org/articles/1-4-10%20Comprehensive%20Survey.html