SFSD banner rnd
February 2016 - ISSUE 37
  sm envl gry
See us Online!
Contact Us
(415) 554-7225
to Our  New Hires and to Our Retirees:
grey star
New Hires:

Wai Man Lee
Stationary Engineer
Junaid Bham
Sr. Legal Process Clerk


Sr. Deputy H. Beyene
Sr. Deputy R. Espil
Sr. Deputy M. Romano
Sr. Deputy A. Saxena

In Memoriam:

Deputy Oscar Gonzalez #1791
SFSD: Aug 2001 - Feb 2016

Sr. Deputy James Colombo
SFSD: Oct. 1968 - April 1996


grey star
© 2016
San Francisco
Sheriff's Department
A Message from Sheriff  
Vicki Hennessy

This issue of our newsletter highlights peer support services available for SFSD staff with a spotlight on recognizing some precursors of possible suicidal ideation. It also includes articles about important work by medical students that is impacting the lives of our women inmates, about two deputies providing positive reinforcement to elementary school children, and about great opportunities provided to underserved youth through the Sheriff's Garden Project. Finally, the speech given by the keynote speaker at the recent Five Keys Charter School in-custody graduation is reprinted for its simple, but authentic message.

In January, during my swearing-in ceremony, I spoke about my vision for the department as one which includes a professional, well-trained, compassionate, dedicated staff of public servants.  Public servants who perform their duties with an understanding of the balance between criminal justice and social justice. Public servants, who are led by someone who holds herself accountable and will also hold each of them accountable. Public servants who meet or exceed expectations. At the conclusion of my remarks, I invited attending law enforcement staff to confirm their dedication to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics by reciting it with me. In the following days, I received an outpouring of positive comments on the significance of that moment, and I discovered that many in the audience that day had not been familiar with the tenets set forth in the code.

It is clear from recent events that the public is demanding, rightly, more transparency and accountability of its public servants -- especially those in law enforcement. One way to ensure we meet their expectations is for each member of the Sheriff's Department, no matter what their position, to ask themselves in each situation, "Am I performing my duty to a standard I would approve of as a member of the public?"  In other words, "Can my behavior be held up to the light of transparency and accountability as a source of pride to my fellow employees and the department as a whole?"

There is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of people employed by the Sheriff's Department work very hard to be professional and accountable in meeting this test. For those of us who are sworn, this self-check may go a little deeper -- especially when we are faced with challenging circumstances that may require more reflection. In those moments, we might ask ourselves, "What does the Code say?" Every deputy sheriff has recited the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics at some point in his or her career. I believe it is a code that our non-sworn staff of public servants can adopt as well. We are reprinting the code here, as a reminder to our deputies, as a guide for our other employees, and as an introduction for members of the public who may not be familiar with it. The language may seem a little outdated, but the message of integrity and commitment to "doing the right thing" continues to resonate. 
Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve all; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all people to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and, be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and the relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement.

Help Someone

Every 18 hours, a law enforcement officer commits suicide. Peer support is available at 415-850-6291, 415-850-6292, and 415-710-9436.
Every 18 hours, a law enforcement officer commits suicide. The reasons may vary but the impact remains the same. While there are many resources available, the culture of law enforcement may sometimes prevent us from asking for help. So rather than talk about directing cops to use the available options, it may be better to do what we do best, help someone else.
To help someone who may be contemplating suicide it is important to know the warning signs.
1) Putting affairs in order. Making it easy for life to move forward for survivors after they've gone.
2) Reckless behavior. This may include putting oneself into dangerous situations while on duty, or not wearing safety equipment such as vests or seat belts.
3) Increased drug or alcohol use. This is simply trying to ease the pain.
4) Changes in sleep pattern. Sleeping longer or being unable to sleep.
5) Giving away possessions. Much like putting affairs in order; cleaning up loose ends.
6) Talking about death or suicide. While this may seem like a cry for help, often this is just what's on the individual's mind.
7) Exhibiting anxiety. Naturally anyone making a major decision is going to be anxious; this will manifest itself in their behavior.
8) Feeling hopeless, desperate, or trapped. The individual feels that life has conspired against them and backed them into a corner.
9) Exhibiting anger. The same as feeling hopeless -- life has done them wrong.
10) Sudden mood swings. The most important thing to look for is a feeling of ease or calmness -- a belief that the suffering will soon be over.
Before starting a conversation with someone you are concerned about, be sure to have suicide crisis resources on hand.
Listen to the reasons the person has for both living and dying. Validate that they are considering both options and underscore that living is always the best option for them.
Don't push for "no" answers by asking questions like: "You're not thinking about killing yourself, are you?" or "You're not thinking of doing something stupid, are you?"
Assume that the individual has the means to commit suicide. Ask the person if they have access to lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.). If so, help remove the items from the immediate area.

Don't feel that you need to handle the situation by yourself, however, don't bring a third party into the discussion without obtaining permission from the individual in crisis. Peer support is available at 415-850-6291 or 415-850-6292. Sgt. M. O'Shea can be reached at 415-710-9436. These numbers are monitored 24 hours every day.
If you feel the situation is critical, take the person to a nearby emergency room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic, or call 9-1-1. Most counties have a psychiatric evaluation unit. This is information you should have before engaging with the individual.
Provide the person with the resources that you have come prepared with.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-8255.

Call the COPLINE Hotline at 1-800-267-5463. This is a national hotline exclusively for law enforcement officers and their families. It is staffed by retired officers and a therapist with law enforcement experience to help active officers with the psychosocial stressors they face at work. Their website lists resources on officer suicide: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001HfqadkjZUDDhwc6bJCZ0tee7YdfBtD30GrUopjeTUTn62Qm4fATNphhkplTQnQ2ekbJQU6HHrkvA6DWbXP1ThUN-RTjG90t4ZbRQPCvadEC-DSKlLIBRPZwpx0iySERm66sXDgdwksYja4CaUrtPMnsUGgKEH13u9TToAm5wKt8=&c=&ch=

Peer Health Educator Program at CJ#2

Graduates of the new Peer Health Educator Program at County Jail #2 were bestowed certificates of completion by Sheriff Hennessy on January 25, 2016.

Four inmate volunteers who completed the initial run of the new Peer Health Educator Program at County Jail #2 were bestowed certificates of completion by Sheriff Hennessy on January 25, 2016.
The Peer Health Educator Program is a three month effort run by University of California at San Francisco medical student volunteers through which female inmates volunteer to participate in an intense educator training. After the training, the inmates develop their own curriculum on a health topic of their choice which they then present to their peers. The goals of the program are health education, empowerment, and decreasing perceived barriers to care.
An initial group of 12 inmate volunteers sat for simulated job interviews before beginning the training. The interview panel included volunteers Alisea Wesley-Clark of the Recovery Survival Network, and Patsy Jackson of the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice who provided constructive feedback to the applicants, giving them an important in-jail opportunity to better prepare themselves to find employment upon release.
The success of the roll out of the Peer Health Educator Program is due to the efforts of UCSF medical student Lisa White, who initiated the project, SFSD Rehabilitation Services Coordinator Angela Wilson, who coordinated her work with staff and colleagues at CJ#2, and the support of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program.

Tootles for Good Behavior

Sgt. Collins and Sr. Deputy Middleton participated in Glen Park Elementary School's "Tootle Tuesday" assembly.
An outsider may be initially confused to hear terms like "tootle," "PAX," and "spleem" used regularly to motivate good behavior among the children at San Francisco's Glen Park Elementary School. But it doesn't take long for even an outside visitor to get into the swing of the positive culture there.
On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, SFSD Sergeant A. Collins and Senior Deputy K. Middleton fit right in as they volunteered to participate in the school's monthly "Tootle Tuesday" K-5 assembly. The all-school event helps to promote good behavior, peace, productivity, health, and happiness among the children. Teachers write "tootle" notes (the opposite of "tattle") when observing a student doing something kind or positive (called "PAX" behavior). Poor behavior is referred to as "spleem" on campus. The "tootles" are read aloud to the entire student body.

During the assembly, Sgt. Collins talked to the children about the importance of maintaining a positive school climate and of engaging in "PAX" behavior. She and Sr. Deputy Middleton then took turns reading "tootle" notes to the crowd and watching as those earning "tootles" were given random prizes (like popcorn parties, books, and picnics with friends during lunchtime).
"I was honored to be a dignitary at such a wonderful event," said Sgt. Collins. "It was a perfect setting to present a positive image of law enforcement and to show the students that we are a part of their community and that we enjoy celebrating their accomplishments."  Sr. Deputy Middleton added "acknowledging positive behavior in these kids is going to help them become positive adults and good citizens in the community."
At the end of the gathering one of the teachers was awarded a "tootle" by the school's principal -- demonstrating that everyone, including adults, thrives on kind words and encouragement.

"Tootles" for Our Deputies!
Borrowing from terminology used at San Francisco's Glen Park School (please see the immediately preceding story, "Tootles for Good Behavior"), we'd like to laud these SFSD deputy sheriffs for jobs very well done:
Senior Deputy M. Clauzel and Deputy M. Li

Deputy M. Li (left) and Senior Deputy M. Clauzel (right).
On February 2, 2016, while driving patrol for the SFSD's Institutional Patrol Unit, Sr. Deputy M. Clauzel and Deputy M. Li responded to a radio call that a CHP officer had been stabbed. They first advised the SFSD's Operation Center at SF General Hospital to clear a path for an ambulance for the wounded officer and then began to help search for the subject. They arrived at the subject's location to find a police officer struggling to subdue him whereupon they assisted the officer in taking the subject to the ground. Sr. Deputy Clauzel and Deputy Li each gained control of the subject's arms and placed handcuffs on him. SFPD and CHP officers then assumed custody of the suspect. A knife was discovered and secured at the scene.
"These two deputies exhibited initiative and good judgement," said Sheriff Hennessy. "I am proud that they were able to provide valuable assistance and glad that no one was injured further."
Deputy G. Edwards and Deputy V. Majano

Deputy V. Majano (left) and Deputy G. Edwards (right).
On January 8, 2016, deputies G. Edwards and V. Majano together skillfully diffused a potentially violent situation involving a subject who was being placed on a 5150 hold at SF General Hospital. Their intervention was gratefully acknowledged in a memo to Sr. Deputy M. Clauzel penned by Dr. David Kastner, who wrote: "Thank you and your fellow deputies for your superb assistance with a complicated patient situation this morning. You and your deputies not only kept everyone safe in a situation where a patient was getting more and more agitated, but you also were able to calm the patient down enough to allow him to be appropriately evaluated, and ultimately assisted with his needs. The optimal care that came out of the encounter would not have been possible without your assistance."
Deputy D. Perez

Deputy D. Perez.
On the morning of January 5, 2016, Deputy D. Perez, while off duty and walking his dog, observed two men behaving erratically and shadowing a younger man, possibly with the intention of robbing him. Deputy Perez immediately texted a friend at the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD)'s dispatch and learned that two men matching their description were being sought by the SFPD. Deputy Perez provided the SFPD with the suspects' location. Once the suspects were detained, officers informed Deputy Perez that the men were also suspects in other robberies and attempted robberies in the area.
"In this situation Deputy Perez used his law enforcement experience while off duty to recognize potential criminal activity," said Sgt. M. Kilgariff of SFSD's Civil Section. "We are proud of his quick thinking and his resourcefulness in identifying the two suspects."

The Garden Project
The Garden Project employs former offenders, at-risk youth, and young adults in a paid job-and-life-skills training program.

The nonprofit The Garden Project was founded in 1992 to address high rates of recidivism through paid job-training, assistance in continuing education, and counseling. The idea for a post-release program was inspired by the San Francisco County Jail Horticulture Project (1982-1992), a horticulture training program for inmates founded by Cathrine Sneed who is widely recognized as a pioneer in prisoner rehabilitation. Today, The Garden Project employs former offenders, at-risk youth, and young adults in a paid job-and-life-skills training program that impacts communities through environmental and nutrition programming. All participants must be enrolled in school.
During the summer, The Garden Project hosts a special program for high school students. With support from the SFSD, the SF Public Utilities Commission, and the SF Police Department, The Garden Project coordinates on-the-job training, performs vital restoration work on public lands, maintains a native plant nursery, and grows organic vegetables (70 tons last year) for donation to food pantries throughout San Francisco.

It's a Process

Ernest Kirkwood, SFSD Five Keys Charter High School graduation keynote speaker, spoke eloquently about his journey from prisoner to role model during our January 2016, commencement ceremony.

At our Five Keys Charter High School in-custody graduation on January 28, 2016, Keynote Speaker Ernest Kirkwood, himself formerly incarcerated and now serving on San Francisco's Reentry Council, spoke eloquently about his journey from prisoner to role model. This is what Mr. Kirkwood said in his address to the graduates and their guests:
Unlike today's graduation, personal change is not an event. Personal change is a process. When we start our journey towards personal change, we cannot predict exactly how life is going to show up for us. We can only hope our tomorrows will be better than our yesterdays.
In 2013, I was asked to share my journey at the yearly HealthRight 360 graduation. In 2014, I was hired by the San Francisco 49ers organization. In 2015, my graduating class at City College of San Francisco chose me to represent our class at graduation, and 2016 has me standing in front of the in-custody graduating class at 850 Bryant (imagine that). When I paroled from Soledad State Prison on January 12, 2012, after 29 years of incarceration, I could not have predicted any of the things that have happened for me. BUT I left prison KNOWING my tomorrows were going to be better than my yesterdays.
For me, being able to speak at this graduation is the icing on the cake. It is the icing on the cake because I am you, and you are me. Like me you are in custody for poor choices and bad decisions. WE refuse to allow our past mistakes to define who we are or what we are. WE are facing the challenges and fears of personal change. WE know that education is more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. WE know it is also self-worth, self-esteem, compassion, respect for self and kind, and a whole bunch of other stuff that will keep us alive and free, and make it possible for our tomorrows to be waaay better than our yesterdays.
If you take nothing else from what I have shared with you, please know that you, me, WE, are CHAMPIONS. And let me define what a champion is: a champion is a contender that has put in the work... and never gave-up.
Five Keys Graduation. KCBS Radio.  

Follow us on Twitter
Like us on Facebook 
© 2016 San Francisco Sheriff's Department 
Questions and comments to 

Forward this email

This email was sent to by sheriff@sfgov.org |  

San Francisco Sheriff's Department | 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place | RM 456 | San Francisco | CA | 94102