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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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