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December 2016 - ISSUE 47
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Deputy J. Powers, Jr.
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San Francisco
Sheriff's Department
A Message from Sheriff 
Vicki Hennessy

Welcome to the last Sheriff's Department Newsletter for 2016.

During the holiday season, we think about our blessings and those who have contributed to making this world a better place. This issue of the newsletter is an acknowledgement of those people.

On Thanksgiving Day, more than 40 Sheriff's Deputies, led by Chief Deputy P. Miyamoto and Deputy C. Chu, volunteered to serve and package hot dinners at the Self-Help for the Elderly's annual event. The deputies provided on-site, sit-down meals for hundreds while also delivering more than 900 turkey dinners to homebound seniors. My thanks to the deputies who have organized and continued to provide this service as they have for the last 30 years.

One of our stories pertains to the many holiday events that take place yearly at our jails. It takes a great number of volunteers to ensure the people in our custody are not forgotten during the holidays. The organizations, and the volunteers who take the time out of their lives to do this work, are to be celebrated. One such group is the renowned Oakland Interfaith Choir, which has performed for people in our custody for the last 20 years. My thanks to the many organizations and all the people who selflessly volunteer year-round.

Another group that has been providing gifts for underserved children in the Bay Area originated with the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Association and went on to become the Bay Area Deputy Sheriffs' Charitable Foundation. This is the 13th year that it organized a trip to Target for clothing and gifts for more than 300 schoolchildren. Deputy Sheriffs from other agencies as well as members of the private sector joined us at the Target store located in Colma to assist children, who were each given $200 to spend, in picking out their gifts. I commend the folks at Target, who have been gracious and helpful in making this program a success for many years. I had a great time accompanying a child while she made thoughtful purchases. My thanks to the Bay Area Deputy Sheriffs' Charitable Foundation for making this annual event possible.

Many years ago, the Northern California Service League (NCSL) opened a Children's Waiting Room in the Hall of Justice for children of defendants with appointments in court. This provided a crucial service for the courts. Fast forward to today, and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) runs the waiting rooms at the Hall of Justice and the Civic Center Courts. I was honored to attend a reception and saw the great work CJCJ does every day and the gratitude of parents whose children received thoughtful gifts. My thanks to the CJCJ staff who work to provide services to families with children every day.

As Sheriff, I am invited to various events. One event I attended was the performance of "(moment)um," an immersive theatre piece at County Jail #5. The play was created by inmates in the jail's Resolve to Stop the Violence Program (RSVP) working with students from the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department of the University of San Francisco (USF). The inmates were completely in the moment - expressing their frustration, trauma, concerns and hopes through movement, music and rap. My thanks to the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at USF and the students who use art to create healing and understanding. My thanks to the inmates who were open to the experience.

While using art is one way to create change, having effective programs with supportive staff that begin in custody and continue post-release are also important. This is evidenced by our story on Rena Wade, a formerly incarcerated person who is now a case manager working to help others. Her story is one of a person facing and overcoming circumstances that are all too common and difficult. She was gracious enough to let us tell her story and suggested we include her old booking photo to illustrate how far she has come. My thanks to Rena for allowing us to publish her story to help others and for the good work she and other peer counselors continue to accomplish.

As shown in Rena's story, education and job opportunities are among the elements that helped her in her journey. The Five Keys Charter School continues to thrive, and at any one time we have more than 200 prisoners in our custody attending high school classes. Now Five Keys has expanded by partnering with City College of San Francisco to assess students to determine the best individual educational plans beyond high school. My thanks to the Five Keys teachers and leadership and the City College academic counselors who provide our inmates with additional opportunities for growth.

Many people who leave jail lose their homes while they are incarcerated. The best efforts are in progress to find affordable housing - but this is a supreme challenge facing our entire country. With that in mind, we are reprinting an article from the Department of Human Resources titled "Working With and Around the Homeless Population" as an informational piece. For those of you interested, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing is looking for volunteers to assist with the annual homeless count on the night of January 26, 2017. For more information or to sign up, visit dhsh.sfgov.org. My thanks and hopes for all those who struggle with the challenge of reducing and eradicating homelessness.

On a lighter note, we have a "pun"-filled article from a 1984 Sheriff's Department Newsletter that provides a historical review of how the bison from Golden Gate Park came to live, and, contrary to predictions at the time, thrive at the San Bruno jail grounds. My thanks for the memories and historical perspective.

Last, but not least, my gratitude to the individuals who make up the San Francisco Sheriff's Department employees and extended staff: 
  • Sworn deputy sheriffs who perform their duties to facilitate and ensure safety in all assignments.
  • Program and Prisoner Legal Services staff who work to assist incarcerated people.
  • Cadets who provide eyes and ears at many of our facilities.
  • Support staff in every category, including facilities maintenance, payroll, Civil, Central Warrants, finance and storekeepers who provide critical services to support our mission.
  • The many contract employees who work each day to deliver meals, commissary and treatment in coordination with our staff. 
  • Medical and Behavioral Health personnel from the Department of Public Health who work to provide standards of community care to those in our custody.
Best wishes to all for a 
happy and healthy 2017!!
Sheriff, Volunteers Accompany Children
at 'Shop With a Deputy Sheriff' Event

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy with a Target employee at the event. 

The Bay Area Deputy Sheriffs' Charitable Foundation hosted its 13th annual "Shop With a Deputy Sheriff" event at Target located in Colma in the early morning of December 13. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and more than 50 volunteers came to accompany 300 underprivileged children on a holiday shopping spree. The only requirement was that children had to buy a pair of shoes, pants, jacket, sweater or dress first, then they could buy whatever other item they wanted.

President and cofounder of the foundation Deputy S. McDaniels said he enjoys this time of the year because this is a chance for law enforcement to reach out to the community it serves. "We wanted to put a positive image out there for law enforcement," he said. "The best part of this event is giving back."

Alongside Sheriff's Department Deputies helping out were volunteers from the San Francisco Department of Public Works, San Francisco Public Utility Commission, other private sector companies and even parents whose children were recipients of "Shop With a Deputy Sheriff" in previous years. Additionally, four deputies from the Lake County Sheriff's Department were present to participate in giving back to the community. Last year, Lake County was hit hard with devastating fires, and the foundation reached out to Lake County Sheriff Department. The foundation mentioned the "Shop with a Deputy Sheriff" event and took steps to help Lake County Sheriff's Department to start its own.
The children who are selected to participate in this event come from community-based organizations such as Children's Council, CYC (Children's Youth Center), Hunters Point Family, and Instituto Familiar de la Raza.

Much of the funding for this event comes via donations from corporations. The Department's Air Squadron donated $850. The foundation also receives on-the-spot donations as well.

Everyday shoppers see the event going on at Target and want to contribute to this event. One shopper donated $500 on the day of the event.

Deputy McDaniels said, "I look forward to this event every year. It is a great feeling. I enjoy watching the kids' and parents' faces."

The Bay Area Deputy Sheriff's Charitable Foundation also holds other events throughout the year that includes back to school shopping and backpack giveaways events.

To learn more or to donate, visit the Bay Area Deputy Sheriffs' Charitable Foundation website.
Sheriff Attends Holiday Gathering 
At Children's Waiting Room

Pictured in the back row, from left: Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, CJCJ's Executive Director Daniel Macallair, CJCJ's Deputy Director Dinky M. Enty, and Sgt. James Pineda. Front row, from leftCJCJ's Children's Waiting Rooms Assistant Director Maire Larkin, and CJCJ's Children's Waiting Rooms Childcare Specialist Tonnika Williams.

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy attended a winter holiday gathering at the Children's Waiting Room at the Civil Courthouse in San Francisco on December 19. Visitors enjoyed cocoa and cookies and the children played games, created arts and crafts, and received holiday gifts. Although the party was December 19, festivities continued all week. More than 125 gifts were given to low-to moderate-income children that week.
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) operates the Children's Waiting Rooms, which are located at the Civil Courthouse and the Hall of Justice. CJCJ has a partnership with nonprofit Family Giving Tree, which provides a bulk of the gifts. Every fall, CJCJ asks parents what gifts their children want.
"We start talking to the families and ask, 'What is your child's wish this year?'" CJCJ Deputy Director Dinky Manek Enty said. "We give the Family Giving Tree our list, and it provides the gifts. Family Giving Tree also goes beyond just the gift. For instance, if a child requests an Elsa dress, Family Giving Tree will provide not only the dress, but also a tiara and a wand to make the gift even more special."
Family Giving Tree fulfills 90 gift requests every winter season. The Children's Waiting Room also receives gifts and cash donations from the Sheriff's Department, the courts, the Public Defender's and District Attorney's offices, and corporations.
However, even if a child at the Children's Waiting Room didn't request a gift, he or she still received one. "Every kid who comes through the doors receives a gift," Enty said.
The Children's Waiting Rooms provide free childcare for parents and guardians who have business to tend to in the courts. 

St. Gabriel Students Meet 
With 'Sheriff Quanico'

St. Gabriel Elementary School's third-grade class stopped by for a visit December 1. The students visited Symphony Hall before touring City Hall, led by a City Hall docent. Lt. J. Quanico met with the students. He welcomed them to the Department and explained how the Sheriff's Department provides building security at City Hall. He also gave them bags with a LED superball, a coloring book with crayons, a Sheriff's Department notebook and pen, and a Sheriff's star sticker.

The students were so excited by the visit and the gifts that they wrote letters and cards to "Sheriff Quanico" to thank him. 

Oakland Interfaith Choir Performs
Holiday Concert at County Jail #4 

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir sang at County Jail #4. 

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir brought its spiritual joy to County Jail #4 on December 5 when it performed a holiday concert at the facility. More than 30 inmates attended the concert.
About 40 choir members performed the soulful music, which inspired many members of the audience to dance and clap along. Songs the choir sang included "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Ave Maria," "O Holy Night" and "Emmanuel." The choir, which has performed at the jails for the past 20 years, has sung with artists such as Joshua Nelson and the Duke Ellington orchestra. It was voted "Best Arts Organization" by Oakland Magazine in 2015.

The award-winning choir is well-known for its angelic harmonies and gospel repertoire. It was founded in 1986, when Terrance Kelly led a gospel music workshop at Living Jazz's Camp West. He is the artistic director of the choir. 

By the end of the performance, it was clear that the choir was an exceptional experience and filled everyone listening to its riveting performance with holiday cheer.
The choir usually performs more than 30 times each year. It sings for institutionalized and underserved audiences, as well as entertaining at events such as the City Center Holiday Concert and Oakland Tree Lighting, and appearing at most major Oakland events, such as the annual Art & Soul Festival.

Inmates were enjoying the choir's performance.
IAWP Regional Training to Be 
Held This Spring in Walnut Creek 

Region 10 of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) will host a two-day regional training at the Walnut Creek Marriott on April 3-4, 2017.

The theme of the training is "People, Process and Performance in Law Enforcement," and will focus on how to better serve the public while protecting yourself. Topics will include legal ramifications of law enforcement actions, how law enforcement perceives the communities they serve and how they view law enforcement, and the impact of race and gender issues on performance. 

Registration and payment for the regional training can be done on the IAWP website

Early registration fees through February 20 are $200 for IAWP members and $275 for non-members. Late registration fees from February 21 through the conference are $250 for IAWP members and $325 for non-members. 

A daily registration fee of $125 for IAWP members and $165 for non-members will also be available for those not able to attend both days of the training. 

Hotel reservations can be made at the Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596, by phoning (800) 228-9290 or (925) 934-2000. Make sure to let the hotel know that you're with the IAWP training when phoning in to make sure that you obtain the reduced rate.
Daily room rates from March 31 through April 2 are $139 plus tax and a $2 city tourism fee, and from April 3 and 4 the rate is $199 plus tax and a $2 tourism fee. Parking is $15 a day with in and out privileges. To take advantage of the reduced room rates, reservations must be made no later than March 10. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

For more information about the regional training, or about the IAWP, contact Sergeant Fabian Brown of the Sheriff's Department at 2017region10@gmail.com. Sgt. Brown is not only the conference director, but she's also the IAWP Region 10 coordinator, which covers California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii.

This is one training that you don't want to miss! 

USF Students, Inmates Perform
'(moment)um' at County Jail #5

USF students and RSVP participants performed "(moment)um" at County Jail #5. 

University of San Francisco (USF) performing arts students and Resolve to Stop the Violence (RSVP) inmates bared their hearts and souls in an interdisciplinary play titled "(moment)um." The performance, which explores social issues such as racism, violence and islamophobia, was presented December 2 before a standing room only audience at County Jail #5.

The play, which combined spoken word, music, rap and movement, was a collaboration between RSVP participants and the USF's Performance and Community Exchange (PACE) class. Amie Dowling teaches the PACE class, and has had this partnership between USF and the Sheriff's Department for nine years. "The course would not be possible without everyone at the jail supporting and guiding us - Captain Paulson, the deputized staff, the Community Works facilitators - Reggie Daniels, Leo Bruenn and Jimmy Espinoza - as well as Program Coordinator Ayoola Mitchell."

The semester-long PACE course is designed for what she calls "outside" (traditional undergraduate) and "inside" (incarcerated) students interested in "merging communication and facilitation skills, social activism and performance." The class addresses stereotypes and assumptions about being incarcerated by using theater, movement, writing and music to showcase individual stories.

"This work is very multifaceted, bringing together students from USF and men in the RSVP pod," Dowling said. "USF students met on campus with Reggie Daniels and I for two weeks prior to going to the jail for the first time talking about their ideas about jail, who are incarcerated, and why they think they're incarcerated." Dowling and Daniels also spent several classes with the men in RSVP discussing their educational history, and the direction they want the collaboration with the USF students to go. "Once the two groups come together, they begin to break down barriers and create trust, communication allowing the participants to see each other as individuals, and they start to understand each other's stories, finding out that the stranger is not so unlike oneself."
The play's title came about when the students and inmates were discussing the work and realized that the piece had a focus on motion. "Titling it 'Moment' seemed too simplistic," USF student Emily said. "'(moment)um' is an instant in time that acts as a catalyst for an issue, topic or cause. A moment that inspires folks to keep moving forward."

The performance was inspired by topics the inmates had been discussing in Daniels' young men's group in RSVP: beefs, grief, greed and revolution. The piece was designed to explore the multiple identities people share. The play was written and staged by students and inmates alike. The music, including the opening and closing songs, were composed by three inmates, and the movement was developed collaboratively between the inmates and students.

"Early on, we found that the inside students (inmates) were incredibly talented writers, both with spoken text as well as with music," Matthew, a USF student, said. "We created the piece based on everyone's talents and desire to pursue whatever artistic avenue they felt they excelled at."

There were about 18 USF students and up to 33 RSVP inmates participating in the production, which took place over 15 weeks. Nineteen inmates actually performed the play with the USF students.

The goal of the partnership was to create socially engaged and conscious interdisciplinary work.

The students said they felt that they developed working and personal relationships with the inmates. "It was an exchange of talent, time and life experiences that I will personally carry with me for the rest of my life," Matthew said. "I learned so much as a performer from the men inside. They taught me so much about honesty, authenticity and poetry that I will continue to use as I go through my professional life."

Dowling said seeing the results of their hard work is the most rewarding aspect of her job. "It's beautiful to watch the transformation that happens for everyone in the room over the weeks of working together," she said. "The men inside whom I work with bring so much resources, strengths, dignity, intelligence and creativity that they actually become my teachers. It's an honor to be with them in this process."

One inmate who participated in the play said, in feedback about the class, that "the interactions and collaboration with USF students throughout the 15 weeks and the response from the audience on the day of the performance reminded me that people do care, and will support me."

"We posed this question to the men inside: 'What do you want people to feel after they see the performance?'" Matthew said. "One said, 'I want them to see that we actually have hearts.' I feel fortunate to have worked with these men. They shared deep parts of their hearts with me, and I shared mine with them. It makes me feel grateful for the privileges that I grew up with that allowed me to leave the jail after the performance was over, and it makes me hopeful that I may work with these men again on the outside."
Sheriff's Department Holds 
Holiday Events at the Jails 

The Sheriff's Department opened its doors to dedicated secular and faith-based volunteer performers and organizations providing holiday cheer for the inmates. Here is a list of some of the events. 

County Jail #2
  • A Place to Meet Jesus Church - Holiday dinner and service, December 11. 
  • City Church - Lessons, carols and cookies for C and E pods, December 12. 
  • Gail Muldrow and Friends - Holiday concert for B, C and E pods, December 14. 
  • City Church - Lessons, carols and cookies for B and C pods, December 15. 
  • Syrria Berry and Friends - Holiday concert for A and F pods, December 15.
  • New Testament Church - Holiday celebration with cookies, cake and candy canes for the inmates, December 18. 
  • Five Keys Charter High School - Event centered on holidays as well as a restorative justice circle and a creative arts forum from participants and facilitators, A pod, December 22. 
  • Holiday party - C pod, December 21. 

County Jail #4
  • The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir - Holiday performance, December 5. 
  • Syrria Berry and Friends - Holiday concert for A, D, E and F tanks, December 11. 
County Jail #5
  • New Testament Church - Holiday celebration, December 11.
  • Naima Shalhoub and the Band - Holiday concert, December 16.
  • Church of the Highlands - Gifts at the Gate for children, December 17.
  • Holiday Party - Fathers gave their children gifts provided by HealthRight 360, December 17.
  • Holiday Party - Food and caroling, 5A, 5B and 7B pods, December 22.
  • Holiday Party - 1B pod, December 23.
  • Kwanzaa - December 26-January 1. 

Sheriff's Department Serves, Delivers
Thanksgiving Meals to Elderly

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, California State Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma and Chief P. Miyamoto at the Thanksgiving event. 

In keeping with a longstanding Sheriff's Department Thanksgiving tradition, more than 40 sworn staff, families and friends partnered with Self-Help for the Elderly to carve roast turkey, and pack and serve hot holiday meals to low-income senior citizens at community centers throughout San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day. They also delivered meals to homebound clients of the nonprofit, as part of the annual holiday event.
The Sheriff's Department is generous not only in time and energy, but also in providing resources to make it a big success. Chief P. Miyamoto and Deputy C. Chu headed up the Department's efforts for the annual event. Miyamoto has taken the lead on managing the volunteers for this Thanksgiving event for years. This year, more than 900 meals were delivered in vans and trucks provided by the Sheriff's Department.
"I look forward to serving others on Thanksgiving," Miyamoto said. "I have had the pleasure of working for many years with a large and dedicated group of coworkers, family, and friends from the Sheriff's Department. We all volunteer our time and energy to make this happen. It's a great opportunity to connect with the community, to assist people, and to provide them with good, hot-cooked meals on this special holiday."

Self-Help for the Elderly, which began serving seniors in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1966, was originally created with funding from the federal "War on Poverty" program to provide social services and hot meals to low-income and isolated elderly. Today, Self-Help for the Elderly is a multiservice organization that serves more than 35,000 seniors each year in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties, administering programs along a wellness continuum ranging from employment/training and social activities for those who are more independent, to in-home assistance and residential board and care to those who are homebound. 

Five Keys, CCSF Give 30 County 
Jail #5 Inmates Placement Exams 

The Five Keys College team and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) recruited 30 County Jail #5 inmates to take math and English placement tests over the Thanksgiving break. This is the first time Five Keys and CCSF have teamed up for this type of testing. 

Each test took about 90 minutes. A week later, four CCSF academic college counselors returned to the jail to go over the test results and complete an education plan for each inmate who was tested. The Five Keys College team will use the test scores to assist inmates with either working on their math or English test-taking strategies or working with those who placed at college-level math and English with moving forward on their college path once they are released. 

Five Keys and CCSF plan to offer math and English placement testing at County Jail #2 during Spring 2017. 

NoVA's Rena Wade Credits Organization
With Getting Her Life on Track

Rena Wade works as a NoVA case manager. 

The No Violence Alliance (NoVA), a partnership between the Sheriff's Department and community-based organizations that provides reentry services and intensive case management for offenders in San Francisco, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. NoVA has positively influenced the lives of many of its clients. Rena Wade is one of NoVA's success stories.

Wade, 41, who now works as a NoVA case manager at Westside Community Services and also as an on-call care coordinator for HealthRight 360, had a rough upbringing. Her father was an alcoholic, her mother a drug addict. At age 7, Wade was taken from her parents and placed in foster care. She lived in foster care and group homes until she turned 18.

She dropped out of school in sixth grade, and first tried alcohol and marijuana when she was only 12 years old. She moved on to crack cocaine when she was 24. Before Wade decided to change the trajectory her life was on, she had been arrested up to 17 times on charges such as writing bad checks, possession and sale of narcotics, robbery and battery. The last time she was incarcerated, she was sentenced to three years.

About eight years ago, Wade was determined to turn her life around. She participated in a drug treatment program for female parolees in San Francisco county jail. She also attended and graduated from the Women's Recovery Association in San Mateo County, which is now a part of HealthRight 360. "I had to do 60 days inside the jail in the program, then 30 days in residential," she said. "My whole way of thinking about life changed."

As part of her recovery, she was attending groups in the Bayview hosted by one of the NoVA partner organizations and was enrolled as a client. 
"That's when the ball really started rolling," she said. "Being in NoVA helped me. I became gainfully employed while at NoVA. Cedric Akbar, the person who is my boss now, played a big part in the change. Cedric and case manager Calvin Johnson planted the seed by helping me get back in school, helping me with money management and supporting me in groups and classes."

NoVA came about when the Sheriff's Department created an alliance with direct service providers in October 2006 to develop a program as a response to concern about violence in San Francisco's Bayview, Mission, Tenderloin and Western Addition neighborhoods. NoVA's main objectives were to reduce recidivism and increase the number of formerly incarcerated from those neighborhoods who have sustainable, living wage jobs. The program was so successful that the Sheriff's Department expanded the program to accept all persons with a history of violent charges returning to San Francisco.
Inmates are introduced to NoVA while they are still in jail. After an inmate signs a commitment to participate, that person is assigned a case manager, undergoes an assessment, and develops a short- and long-term life plan.

NoVA's case management includes violence prevention services, family reunification, employment skills, housing, transportation, substance abuse treatment and mental health services provided by UCSF citywide. NoVA currently collaborates with the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Recovery Survival Network, Senior Ex-Offender Program, Community Works West and Westside Community Services that provide direct services and intensive case management for the clients.

During the past 10 years, NoVA has provided a multitude of services to thousands of clients.

Wade praised NoVA's commitment to its clients, and said having firsthand experience with the organization has helped her become a better case manager. She said it gives her joy to now assist others.

"It's rewarding because I really like helping other people," she said. "The best part is when I see people able to accomplish their goals. That's where the real reward comes in."

Wade has three daughters and one son ranging in age from 17 to 25 years old, and two grandsons. "The message I give them is that they can grow up to be productive and have anything they want in life," she said. "And as for any obstacles, they can get through it."

Rena Wade's booking photo from the 2000s. 

Sheriff's Team Wins First Place at Dan
Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament
Sheriff's Department's winning golf team. 

A Sheriff's Department golf team took first place in the seventh annual Dan Murphy Memorial Golf Tournament on October 10 at the Presidio Golf Course in San Francisco. About 90 golfers, including former 49ers cornerback and Super Bowl champion Eric Wright, participated in the event.
The team of Senior Deputy J. Choi, Deputy T. Kang, Deputy M. Pyun and golf enthusiast J. Hsu won the tournament with a score of 57. Deputy Kang also won one of the long-drive contests. The day started off chilly and foggy but warmed up by lunchtime. A great time was had by all golfers, sworn staff, retired sworn staff, volunteers, sponsors, family and friends. 

The tournament is named in honor of Sr. Deputy Murphy, who died nine years ago from a brain tumor. Murphy began his career in the Department in 2002.

Thanks to everyone for making the tournament a great success, and to the Bay Area Deputy Sheriffs' Charitable Foundation for hosting the event. 

Working With and Around 
The Homeless Population

Originally published in the City and County of San Francisco Department of Human Resources' Safety & Health Matters newsletter. Reprinted here with permission.

By Nonie Devens, RN, MPA, CCM

Working for the City and County of San Francisco offers wonderful opportunities to experience the beauty and grandeur of a world-class city. But as we navigate our way to and from the office or to meetings, there is one challenge that is impossible to ignore: There are 7,500 people experiencing homelessness living in San Francisco, and the Civic Center is one of the largest areas where they gather. While there are many programs designed to assist this population, it is difficult to know what to do when you see someone in distress, behaving erratically, is not clothed, or appears to be overdosing on drugs. Engage? Offer money? Call the police? Call 911?

In this article, I provide some general information about available resources and some simple interventions depending on the situation and your comfort level. 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:
According to the Department of Public Health, approximately 35 percent of people experiencing homelessness have mental health issues, with substance abuse affecting approximately 14 percent. I recently attended a forum for Project Homeless Connect and had the opportunity to hear many great speakers from various parts of the City speak about substance abuse and what is being done to reduce harm.
First, Naloxone (Narcan), an opioid antagonist drug that reverses potential overdose from opioids and heroin, is now being provided to our First Responders and other resource groups as part of the overall campaign to reduce harm to drug users.

This program has been more successful than anticipated: In 2015 there were 345 overdose reversals between June and October 2015, with the majority of the cases in the Civic Center area.
For Immediate Interventions:
It is not always comfortable (or safe) to engage with someone who is behaving erratically or is otherwise in distress. Fortunately, the following organizations can help. Simply call or obtain the mobile app to get help to the individual in crisis: 

The SF HOT Team: Call 311 and ask for SF HOT Street Outreach Team. Use when you observe a person having any issues of concern, for example, someone is being harassed or is harassing people. The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT) was established in June 2004. SF HOT is a collaboration between the Department of Public Health, the Human Services Agency, the SF Public Library, and the nonprofit Public Health Foundation Enterprises. SF HOT uses a client-centered "whatever it takes" approach, and employs comprehensive wrap-around services to meet client needs. The program also assesses medical behavioral crises, and refers clients to emergency care as appropriate. 

Mobile Crisis Team: Call (415) 970-4000. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) can provide intervention services to those experiencing a psychiatric crisis for adults in the City and County of San Francisco, with access to the SF General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Services. Services can include voluntary and involuntary clients. This team can also provide a response for geriatric crisis and HIV crisis after 5 p.m. and on weekends. 

Concrn: Call (415) 881-8278. Concrn dispatches trained volunteer responders to persons in an emotional, behavioral health, or substance abuse crisis in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. This is part of a Pilot Program in which they provide a phone app as an alternative to calling 911. To find out more information, go to http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001h0A24Y04Lpdnr0hvJ2HK1aLULfDksw7y9JqMXggbtlRJhdNopgaH9lqambERdwHqMDpP4aSLv48IZ-eUdx7CBpfFstjafUR3yML5ByoK29ae3AcGESU9r721A4g3vUqEilO4iZJ0uCqmDQVs2YZ6TI-2NHxlAEGo_Tu4LDj4VZs=&c=&ch=and download the app. 

Homeless Population Volunteer Opportunities
Project Homeless Connect: https://www.Projecthomelessconnect.org.
St. Anthony's: Clothing Donation Processing or volunteer, go to: https://www.stanthonysf.org.
Hamilton Family Center: Provides housing for families in San Francisco. Donate time or materials. (415) 409-2100 or go to: https://hamiltonfamilycenter.org.
DOPE Project: Provides education on drug overdose prevention and education to reduce harm associated with drug use. Go to: 
Community Housing Partnership: Volunteers assist with filing and data entry, managing resources and logistics. Go to: VolunteerMatch.org.

These Bison Weren't Being Jerky or
Hiding Out, But They've Gone to Jail

Published in The Incident Report, the Sheriff's Department newsletter, in the December 1984 issue. 

Reprinted with permission from the San Francisco Examiner

By Burr Snider

SAN BRUNO -- Where does a bison go when it dies? Sure, to the happy hunting ground, to provide fare for ghostly Indians. But first it has to stop at jail. 

True. The San Francisco County Jail here might be the only penal institution anywhere with its own buffalo -- beg your pardon, bison -- herd. It has eight members, all named for English royalty in Shakespeare's plays (except for Lady Di, named for you-know-who), and they are not here at the jail for getting into beefs, or being jerky with cops, or even for hiding out. 

No, these guys may be tough but they have not locked horns with the law, or even taken it on the hoof to avoid prosecution. The sad truth is that the bison are here at the jail because they have tuberculosis.
This isn't the people-type TB, keeper Martin Dias is quick to point out. TB affects bison in the muscles, not the lungs, and it doesn't kill them, or even particularly bother them that much. It just makes them infectious and more susceptible to other disease. 

The bison living here on the jail's pastureland once were the herd in Golden Gate Park - a herd started late last century that became one of the enduring attractions in the park. But last year, says Dias, who is the bison expert at the San Francisco Zoo, a new herd came in. These poor guys had to move. 

"What happened as I understand it is that Mayor Feinstein was asked by her husband what she wanted for her birthday, and she told him she'd like a herd of bison. He went out and found one, somewhere in Wyoming, I think, and arranged to have them brought here. But we decided that we had to segregate that herd from this one to avoid spreading disease and because this herd had been inbred so much."

Dias, who visits the jail twice a week to look after his herd, says he loves the bison in the new herd just like children, but the old guys and girls here at the jail have the real winning personalities. 

"The new ones are all about a year old and they are absolutely adorable, but I love coming down here to see these guys. I love them, and I think they love me. They can be dangerous, but when they know you they are gentle, spiritual beasts. I stand there and talk to them, and they make this kind of purring sound back at me."

Leader of the pack here at the jail is a huge male name of King George. And, as Dias will tell you, George is the law here. 

"Old George gets challenged occasionally, usually by King Lear, but with bison the pecking order gets established very early and very fast. He's the strongest and he gets the females, so the strongest genes are passed along. But I've sometimes seen a leader fall very fast when he gets old. His status goes from top to bottom."

Dias says that since only one male in a herd does the mating, there is a lot of what you might call coquetry going on to attract his attention. 

"All the females vie for his affection, and when one gains it, her status shoots way up. She gets to eat just below him along the feed trough."

Historians estimate that about 60 million bison once roamed the American plains. They were killed off close to extinction not to make way for the railroad, Dias asserts, but in a concerted attempt to starve out the Indians, who fed on bison and had a spiritual connection with them.
"To the Indian, the bison represented the spirit of their ancestors. They used everything on the bison and never killed needlessly. But when the white man started killing them off on the plains of Kansas, they say you could smell the stench in Chicago." 

Bison are not buffalo, says Dias, and have no relation to the fearsome Cape buffalo of Africa. Bison are more closely related to musk oxen. 

And although he feels quite safe amid the herd -- he says he even runs with the bison occasionally -- a worker at the jail recently was gored. 

"It was pretty nasty," Dias says. "But they won't charge anymore. I took their credit cards away."

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