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JUNE 2014 - ISSUE 18
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Ellen Brin - 28 Years

Deputy Sherifff 
Robert Rose - 30 Years 
David Lara - 28 Years 
Wilton Wong - 25 Years 
Gerald Barbieri - 25 Years 
Patti Flynn - 23 Years

Institutional Police Officer 
Luis Rivas - 31 Years 
 Karl Griffin - 20 Years

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Susan Fahey - 15 Years



Upcoming Events


June 29, 2014 -  10 - 6 pm

SF Pride @ Civic Center


Meet for the parade  @ 10am on Steuart Street between Mission and Howard Streets.  


Our booth is located @ Larkin between Golden Gate and McAlister Streets.


July 1, 2014 - 10 - 2 pm

Western Addition Neighborhood

Career Fair


July 16, 2014 - 4 - 6 pm

The Southeast Non-profit Resource Fair 2014


Contributing Writers
Captain Ferrigno
Captain Paulson
Sergeant O'Shea
Sergeant Winters
Melvyn C. Jarrett II, JD
Vivian Imperiale
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© 2014
San Francisco
Sheriff's Department
Ross Mirkarimi
A Message from Sheriff  
Ross Mirkarimi

In May and June we honor mothers, fathers and veterans, remembering those who gave, and offering support in their time of need. Despite the particular circumstances and choices that brought parents and soldiers to jail, they deserve recognition for their contributions. By definition incarceration is an isolating place, but eventually that isolation ends and these individuals will need to reintegrate into their families and communities.

Maintaining family and community connections are crucial to successful reentry. In furtherance of this objective, we renegotiated our contract for inmate telephone service to significantly reduce the cost of those calls for inmates and their families. Nationwide, these contracts were structured to provide commissions to the jails to pay for services. But this perverse incentive is counter productive to our goal of maintaining family ties, and an unconscionable exploitation of a literally captive group. 

Maintaining family connections is also important to staff members, and many participated in the annual Take Your Child to Work Day on April 24th at the San Bruno complex. The children participated in some routine activities, and attended a first aid class where they learned basic first aid skills and how to respond to emergency situations. We may see some of these children in our academy classes in the future!

While we honor our veterans on Memorial Day, the work of our C.O.V.E.R. program continues throughout the year. Reentry into families and community after time in the military and on the battlefield can be just as difficult as reentry from incarceration. Many vets return to find meaningful employment elusive, changed families, and little understanding of the stresses they faced trying to survive in a hostile environment. When post traumatic stress syndrome and lasting physical injuries are added to the mix, our veterans can get caught up in the criminal justice system. We must honor their service by providing the services they need to transition to successful civilian life.

I hope everyone will join us at the Giants game on July 29, for the 11th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. The proceeds benefit the California Peace Officer's Memorial and the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund.

Happy Pride weekend! 

We look forward to the events and festivities of Pride. Please come join us at the parade or visit us at our booth! 
Buy Tickets to Giants' Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

The Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, BALEAF, has been assisting members of the Bay Area law enforcement community and their families for over fifteen years. In that time, they have provided support and resources in time of death, serious injury, or catastrophic events. San Francisco Sheriff's Department members and their families have been included in this support.

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the San Francisco Giants will host the 11th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at AT&T Park. There will be a pre-game home plate memorial tribute to California Peace Officers who have died in the line of duty with a flyover by law enforcement air units. The Giants will offer a souvenir giveaway and there will be a hosted tailgate party at the Mariposa Yacht Club beginning at 3 pm.

Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the California Peace Officer's Memorial and the Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund. Tickets are available online. You can also contact the Giants directly if you have a group of 25 or larger. Make sure you let them know you are part of the Law Enforcement Group. Phone (415) 972-2298 to order.


Senior Deputy Fabian Brown and Sergeant Matt O'Shea are on the board of directors of BALEAF. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them. They would also encourage you to consider BALEAF when filling out your Combined Charities form. BALEAF has been there for us, let's be there for them.

Memorial Day Observance in the Veterans' Housing Unit at County Jail 5 


Department staff of the C.O.V.E.R. pod (Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration) at County Jail #5 in San Bruno conducted a meaningful event that recognized service to country by members of the armed forces, both those who died and those who survived. The highlight of the ceremony was attendance by the Sheriff, Undersheriff, and Assistant Sheriff. Additionally noteworthy was the attendance by retired military personnel now representing Fort Miley, the Veteran Affairs Commission, Amvets, the Lions Club, the American Legion, and the literary/artist communities. In accord, the Sheriff and his top two commanders emphasized how the criminal justice community and SF community at-large were pleased to honor incarcerated vets and partner with the Veterans Administration related agencies in meeting the re-entry needs of veterans in custody.

Sheriff Mirkarimi reflected on his time in the U.S. Navy and how the experience and skills developed gave him insight and inspiration for his career in public service. He expressed hope that the prisoners will likewise be able to capitalize on their pride and assets from military service to make a difference in the lives of their families and fellow citizens. On a larger scale, the Sheriff was optimistic that the nation and its leaders will learn from the current VA benefit and health service challenges to make the VA a model of government efficiency, and that veterans deserve no less than that for their sacrifices.

Undersheriff Rocha deeply expressed in his address how his time in combat for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War gave him a life-long bond and fraternity with fellow soldiers like no other. He also indicated he has carried this commitment to achieve, and passion to help others in general, throughout his law enforcement career from administrative and field posts to community policing. The Undersheriff has been deeply in touch with the struggles of returning veterans as a very special class deserving attention and protection. He ended by saying that the unique in-custody C.O.V.E.R. project was one of the primary reasons he accepted the appointment of Undersheriff, and that he will strive to assist his fellow brothers and sisters who fell upon hard times and got arrested.

Assistant Sheriff Miyamoto pleasingly reflected on his past assignment as the Captain and Facility Commander of County Jail 5 where he helped preside over the launching of the nation's first correctional housing unit for veterans. He spoke with pride and fond memories of how the C.O.V.E.R. pod was the most organized and least stressful housing unit he had managed in his career. The Assistant Sheriff attributed the relative calm to the unit as being borne of the discipline and esteem of military service, and believes that those past achievements combined with the social services aspect of the Sheriff's Department will lessen the chances of returning to custody upon release.

In sum, Sheriff Mirkarimi pointed out how the department will continue its commitment to veterans and be a long lasting beacon to law enforcement in this regard because it is one of the Sheriff's Department in the country where its top two officials are veterans!

We Remember Mama (and All the Nurturers)

On May 8, 2014, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi sponsored the Department's first Nurturers' Day celebration at the Women's Resource Center (WRC) at 930 Bryant Street. The theme for the event was "Beyond Mothers: Honoring All Those Who Encourage the Next Generation."

Reflecting the adage "it takes a village to raise a child," staff from SFSD and partner agencies highlighted traditional aspects of Mother's Day and modified them for an inclusive celebration of all nurturers. With many incarcerated adults being parents, it is important to acknowledge the broad community of caregivers who nurture children during these periods of separation.

According to WRC Director/Program Coordinator Aida McCray, the event provided a "snapshot of the collaborative attitude that the WRC has been able to support, maintain and nurture." As such, it was attended by volunteers, staff and clients representing a number of community-based agencies that provide services at the WRC. These agencies include SAGE, HealthRIGHT360 and Five Keys Charter School, to name a few.

Other WRC-partner agencies participated in the program such as Community Works (CW), an organization that provides case management and expressive arts classes at the WRC. CW showcased their upcoming community theater presentation "Holla, Can You Feel Me?" with a brief preview. The original show was written and performed by formerly incarcerated clients of Community Programs.

WRC's Nurturers' Day also included a healthy meal, gift bags for clients and a chance to acknowledge appreciation, thus reflecting the SFSD's commitment to addressing the impact that incarceration has on families and communities, both in terms of humanity as well as public safety. Many thanks go out to all who helped make the event a success! 
A concurrent celebration was held at CJ#2 for the incarcerated women.
Distracted Driver Campaign

The San Francisco Sheriff's Department participated in the statewide Distracted Driver campaign -- "It's Not Worth It" -- during April. Sheriff's deputies engaged over 100 drivers who were either distracted or committed other moving violations in and around the S.F. General Hospital campus.
In 2013, more than 36% of Californians surveyed thought texting or talking on a cell phone while driving posed the biggest safety problem on California roadways. Nearly 70% of California drivers surveyed said they had been hit or nearly hit by a driver who was talking or texting on a cell phone. In 2013, 45% of Californians surveyed said they have made a driving mistake while talking on a cell phone. Approximately 70% of Californians surveyed believed that using a hands-free cell phone is safer than a hand-held phone while driving, although research shows the risk is nearly the same. Nearly 48% of those surveyed said that texting while driving is the most serious distraction for drivers.

In 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes.

Issuing a citation is not generally seen by the public as creating a safer environment for the good of the community. However, the public safety efforts of the deputies who took part in the campaign should be commended as they included an educational component with each stop. It may not appear to the person receiving the citation at the time, but it is the intent of the citation to make the person change their unsafe driving behavior and potentially save lives.
Take your Child to Work Day


On Thursday, April 24, 2014, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department (SFSD) played host to over 35 children of SFSD employees at the San Bruno Complex for the annual Take Your Child to Work Day event. This year marks the 21st anniversary of Take Your Child to Work Day. This year's theme was "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future."
Staff from throughout the sheriff's department took time out of their busy schedules to help ensure the event was fun and safe for the children. There was an educational connection to the event as well.
The children experienced bunk searches, sat in a patrol car and played with the siren and loudspeaker, and wore some of the safety equipment a deputy wears at work. They watched Sr. Dep. O'Neill do a K-9 demonstration. The hit of the day was the horse provided by the SFSD's Mounted Unit.
This year we added a first aid practical where the children learned basic skills and how to respond in an emergency situation, such as calmly calling 911. Some of the children even challenged our First Aid instructors' expertise!

The children who attended the event came home with a big bag of goodies. The received some SFSD items, a small first aid kit and seeds. Catherine Sneed of the Garden Project provided the seeds, which falls in line with this year's theme.

A special thank you goes out to all the staff who helped make this event possible, including the financial support of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs' Association and the San Francisco Managers and Supervisors Association.

Local Heroes Hockey Tournament 

 Special Thanks to all who supported our Local Heroes Ice Hockey Tournament at Yerba Buena Ice Center, June 14th and 15th.

We had a great turnout this weekend from sworn and civilian staff and it really helped our Shooting Stars to have such a great rooting section.

Ultimately, the SF Fire team won the trophy, but we will do our best to get it back next year.
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