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Ross Mirkarimi
A Message from Sheriff  
Ross Mirkarimi

Today, we are reminded of the bold bravery of our law enforcement officers who stride into danger to protect the safety of others. Sometimes that danger turns its wrath on the officer, taking his or her life, bringing grief and sadness. Every day brave men and women go right back into the line of duty, putting public safety ahead of their personal safety. We honor our officers and offer our gratitude for their bravery. Sadly, we send our condolences to the family of slain Officer Michael Johnson and the San Jose Police Department.

We also lost one of our own recently, Deputy Robert William Ichinose, who succumbed to cancer. His career with our department spanned 24 years. Deputy Ichinose was good at his job while being very giving and supportive of his colleagues. He and I spoke and met a few times, even when his health was failing. He cared deeply about his family and his extended family at work. His attitude was positive and unfailingly selfless. Deputy Ichinose will be missed.

Loss is balanced with renewal, and spring arrives after winter. While we mourn, we must also refresh our efforts to improve peace officer and community safety. We must work to develop mutual trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect, rooting out bigotry wherever it sprouts. Every shooting victim is some family's tragedy. We can honor those lost with fresh energy to tackle the complex and difficult issues in our justice system.

Recently, the Rotary Club honored the outstanding services of San Francisco public safety personnel, including those of Deputy Sheriff Bryant Mercado for his quick work in rescuing two children locked in a parked car while their mother shopped. Despite repeated educational programs, and high profile cases, this deadly practice continues. This time due to the swift action of Deputy Mercado, tragedy was averted.

Charity also begins at home, or more precisely, in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. Department personnel and family members participated in the annual Polar Plunge and 5k run / walk raising funds for the Special Olympics. This is only one of the many events throughout the year where our staff generously gives their time and resources to ensure the success of community fundraising efforts.

Focused on improving safety for patients, visitors and staff, the SFSD in partnership with the Department of Public Health will open a state of the art Sheriff's Operation Center (SOC) on the SF General Hospital Campus in April. Not only will the new SOC contains modern communication and alarm equipment to ensure efficient and timely response to hospital security issues, it will also serve as an Emergency Operations Center when necessary. This function will complement and support SFGH's role as a regional trauma center, facilitating the ability for first responders to coordinate their crucial work with health care providers.

Music is always restorative, and the women in County Jail #2 were treated to a wonderful performance of the Cecilia Quartet from Canada. The musicians were equally thrilled to share their passion for making music and building community with incarcerated women. This unique opportunity brought windows to other worlds for both the musicians and the inmates.

In Memoriam
Robert William Ichinose was hired as a Deputy Sheriff on January 29, 1990, and was assigned to the then CJ#2, on the 7th floor of the Hall of Justice (HOJ). In 1994, he was reassigned to the new jail at 425-7th Street, then called County Jail #8. Robert spent most his career working the San Francisco county jails.

Robert is survived by his wife Carrie, his daughter Irene and Carrie's son Sam, his mother and father: Mayon and Benjamin and his two sisters: Lori and Louise.

Robert was a loving son, father and brother. He loved fine food as well as visiting small family restaurants. Robert enjoyed French, Hawaiian and Chinese cuisine most. He was an avid traveler and spent time in Hawaii.

Robert remained a resident of Chinatown in order to provide mentorship to the youth in the community he loved. Robert steered Chinatown youth in a positive direction and spent time talking with them while being a role model to emulate. 

We mourn the loss of a beloved friend, father and colleague. 
In April, the opening of the new San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) will also unveil a new Sheriff's Operation Center (SOC), courtesy of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department (SFSD) and the Department of Public Health (DPH). Equipped with modern communication technology recommended by security industry experts, the SOC promises to enhance the information sharing process between the two departments, thereby increasing security and safety measures for employees and the public at large.
The new SOC provides centralized monitoring measures, such as over 250 security cameras inside both the new and old SFGH hospital buildings and a new campus-wide alarm system, that promote efficiency and better response time to the variety of law enforcement needs on the SFGH campus.
The SOC is versatile in its functions as a staff briefing room, an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) during crises, and offices with ample report writing stations for SFSD sworn staff. The EOC will provide all public safety first responders the opportunity to work collaboratively in assisting patients, staff and the public as part of a joint command system. Enhanced technology coupled with centralized monitoring facilitate better security measures, thereby increasing public safety.
On Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Special Olympics of Northern California hosted the annual 5k Fun Run/Walk and Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is just that - a plunge into the chilly waters of the San Francisco Bay. The event is one of many that raises money to provide no-cost training and access to sports for the 17,000 Special Olympic athletes in Northern California.

Sworn personnel from the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and their family members participated in the 5k, the Plunge or both, raising nearly $2500 for the Special Olympics. The final numbers are not in yet, but we expect our total dollars raised for the Special Olympics to increase. Donations to the SFSD SONICS team can be made up to March 31, 2015.

Sgt. Raymond Winters chaired the 5k Fun Run/Walk committee. Deputy Sheriffs brought out the Community Relations truck and set up our booth. The entire class of San Francisco deputy sheriffs from the 129th South Bay Regional not only ran the 5k and plunged, but assisted with the set-up and take-down of the 5k course. Everyone's hard work resulted in a successful event for all.

The 5k Fun Run/Walk and Polar Plunge event is one of many events in which the Sheriff's Department participates that fall under the Law Enforcement Torch Run umbrella. Other events include the Tip-a-Cop events at area restaurants, the upcoming Bike the Bridges on Sunday, June 14th in Martinez, and Pigskin Madness - a football related sweepstakes event.



In collaboration with Stanford University, on March 6, 2015, the women housed at the County Jail #2 enjoyed the rare pleasure of listening to the Cecilia String Quartet from Canada.

Lesley Robertson, an amazing musician, is a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and a knowledgeable advocate for using music to build stronger communities and to offer the next generation of musicians the opportunity to interact with diverse groups.  Thrilled by the unique opportunity to bring music to incarcerated women, she stated, "We thought of the San Francisco county jails, given all the groundbreaking programs [the department] has spearheaded." 


The Cecilia Quartet, taking their name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is proud to be celebrating its 10th anniversary for the 2014-2015 season. Musicians Min-Jeong Koh (violin), Sarah Nematallah (violin), Caitlin Boyle (viola), and Rachel Desoer (cello) joined to form the quartet in Toronto in October 2004. 

After a decade filled with musical discovery and success, they once again reside in Toronto where they are Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. It was a pleasure and an honor to have such world renowned musicians perform at our SFSD facility!
The Rotary Club Luncheon: Emergency Services Day

On February 10, 2015, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, the Rotary Club hosted its annual luncheon to honor the outstanding services of nominated personnel from the San Francisco Sheriff's, Police and Fire Department's, and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Sheriff Mirkarimi nominated Deputy Sheriff Bryant Mercado for his act of extraordinary service in rendering prompt and crucial aide to two children, ages four and one, left unattended in a parked car with all of the windows rolled up.

On his day off, while walking through the parking lot at a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Deputy Mercado noticed the children sitting in their car seats by themselves.  Although it was eight o'clock at night, the actual temperature was 76 degrees, which translated to a potentially critical situation for the children with the intensifying heat trapped inside of the car.

Deputy Mercado called the San Jose Police Department to respond to the scene, comforted the children while encouraging the older child to open the door. He searched the surrounding area for a parent or guardian, and asked a Wal-Mart employee to make an announcement via the store intercom. After about one hour, the children's mother returned to the vehicle and admitted to leaving her children inside the locked vehicle to prevent the older child from running around in the store. Deputy Mercado placed the mother under arrest for child endangerment  and turned the case over to the San Jose Police Department.
SFSD News and Activities

Come join our "Sewing Our Lives Together" class every Friday at Women's Resource Center, 930 Bryant St. San Francisco, 1 - 3 pm.

CBS/KPIX Channel 5 news reporter Cate Cauguiran.

sparked an important debate as observed by Rachel Silverman of Agence France-Presse (AFP). 

VETERAN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT at the C.O.V.E.R. Pod in County Jail 5:  Alex Lyon, through the Swords through Plowshares organization, collects and preserves audio-recorded stories of veterans housed in the Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (C.O.V.E.R.) pod.  These recordings will be sent to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for preservation as historical documentation of the veteran experience.

BORDERLANDS: SINGING THROUGH THE PRISON WALLS in County Jail 2: Naima Shalboub, an independent artist, brought the joy of music to the women.

2015 TET FESTIVAL - LUNAR NEW YEAR at Civic Center:
The Vietnamese-American community warmly welcomed Sheriff Mirkarimi at the Lunar New Year Celebration.

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