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Sheriff's Department
A Message from Sheriff 
Vicki Hennessy

Welcome to the March 2017 Sheriff's Department Newsletter. 

Thanks to all of you who wrote or spoke to me about the last newsletter.  Many people were surprised by the various services the Sheriff's Department provides to the people of San Francisco. It is this newsletter's purpose to highlight all aspects of our department. I hope you will write to us at the Contact Us page on the Sheriff's Department's website to provide some commentary, ask questions or suggest topics for future editions.

I am appreciative that I lead a department full of people who "get things done" that contribute to and reinforce our overall commitment to the community. I am happy to highlight some of those activities in this edition. Articles this month include a description of the continuing training required for all our deputies working at the hospital facilities; a revised "E-Discovery" program for inmates in our jails; our work with the Department on the Status of Women and the Family Violence Council in developing an informational domestic violence brochure as well as targeted training for our court security staff; a classical music interlude at County Jail #5, courtesy of the St. Lawrence String Quartet; and a new vocational food service and safety course for inmates.

Another enjoyable aspect of being Sheriff is recognizing individuals, events and important milestones. The community appreciation dinner for families with incarcerated loved ones hosted by the San Francisco Re-entry Council was a treat for families and others touched by the criminal justice system. I had the chance to speak at the 10th anniversary celebration of our partnership with No Violence Alliance, known as NoVA, which provides housing and treatment for those leaving our custody. I met many former clients and was inspired by their stories. It was an honor to nominate two deputies for the prestigious Rotary Club Emergency Services Award. The two, Charles Gatson and Michael Li, quickly sprang into action to save the life of an individual who had collapsed on the street.

One final article is about the Sheriff's Department's application for $70 million in state funds to supplement a retrofit of our facility at 425 7th St.  Chief M. Freeman describes the upgrades we have planned for this facility if we receive the funds. The Board of State and Community Corrections is scheduled to make a decision sometime in June. In the meantime, we are faced with some sobering realities regarding our jails and our obligation to provide appropriate housing. Historically, San Francisco has been at the forefront of developing and implementing alternatives to incarceration. At any time, approximately 45 percent of people facing charges are awaiting trial out of custody on some level of supervised pretrial release. We are being challenged to reduce our daily count even more in order to permanently close County Jail #4 (Hall of Justice) without the expensive proposition of a replacement facility. I am committed to working on this goal and have actively been collaborating with other agencies to develop ways to safely reduce our jail population. Meanwhile, although the Sheriff is not responsible for adding people to the count, I am responsible for providing a safe and humane environment for inmates. The conditions at County Jail #4 continue to deteriorate, while the city faces spending more and more to repair outdated systems in a failing building until we reach a solution.

 To put our challenges in perspective, here is some information about the San Francisco county jails.
The Jail Facilities

County Jail #2 (336 beds) - Located at 425 7th St., the facility was opened in 1994. It was designed to operate as a work furlough facility, but has functioned as a secure jail since it was built. It is a direct supervision jail - meaning the deputy in each housing area has a view of the entire pod from a central vantage point.This jail has treatment, program and educational space, accommodating many inmate prisoners, including Sisters In Sober Treatment Empowered in Recovery (SISTER), a substance abuse treatment program for women; a reentry pod for those preparing to return to the community; and the Five Keys Charter School.

County Jail #2 dormitory pod. 

County Jail #2, 425 Seventh St. 

County Jail #3 - Located on the sixth floor of the Hall of Justice, it has been closed since 2013. 

County Jail #4 (402 beds) - Located on the seventh floor of the Hall of Justice, it houses some of the most serious offenders. Opened in 1961, this is a linear jail, with traditional bars and locks. It has side-by-side cells situated along long corridors that must be consistently patrolled to ensure the safety of the prisoners housed in the  4-, 6-, 12- and 28-person tanks. It has inadequate treatment, program, and educational space. The facility has paint-caked walls and bars, and rusted out plumbing, which contributes to almost weekly sewage overflows. Sanitation and pest control are constant challenges. Along with County Jail #2, this jail is adjacent to the courts, the Public Defender's Office, Adult Probation and other services. There are some program services, including parenting classes, parent-child visiting, and a program for transitional aged youth. 

Corridor of County Jail #4. 

County Jail #4 cell. 

Sewage cleanup at County Jail #4. 

County Jail #5 (768 beds) -  Located in San Bruno, it is a modern jail that opened in 2007. It has 16 living areas, or pods that allow direct supervision of the prisoners. Each of the living areas house prisoners according to their custody classification and the programs in which they participate. A wide variety of educational and treatment programs are provided based on individual assessments of prisoners. These include: behavioral health sheltered living; COVER, a program specifically designed for veterans; RSVP, our highly acclaimed violence prevention program; the Five Keys Charter High School; and Roads to Recovery, a substance abuse treatment program.

County Jail#5 classroom. 

County Jail #5 living pod. 

Some Numbers


The average daily population for calendar year 2016 was 1,328 prisoners.  We began 2016 in the low 1,200s but had a spike toward the end, reaching more than 1,400 prisoners a number of times.


On any given day, approximately 85 percent of the people in the San Francisco jails are pretrial defendants. Many are in jail for multiple charges of violent or serious felonies and have a history of failures to appear in court and/or their current crime is not eligible for pretrial release. Another portion are in jail on remand, no bail warrants, parole or probation revocation, and are not eligible for release. 


At any time, approximately 45 percent of persons charged with felony crimes are out of custody through Pretrial Release. Pretrial Release staff uses a validated risk assessment score to recommend each eligible defendant for supervised or unsupervised release either pre- or post-arraignment. The decision to release and under what conditions is made by a court-appointed monitor.

 Example for the March 20, 2017 count:     


  • 2,405           Defendant population    
  • 1,071           Out on pretrial release
  • 57               Out on sentenced alternatives
  • 1,277           In jail custody

Forty-seven percent of the jail population was out of custody on either pretrial or sentenced alternatives.

Most people arrested for misdemeanor crimes in San Francisco are issued a citation and are never brought to jail, but directed to appear in court on a future date.

Sheriff's Department Applies for SB 844 RFP for Jail Renovations Funding  

By Chief M. Freeman
The California Board of State and Community Corrections released the Senate Bill (SB) 844 Request for Proposals on December 30, 2016. SB 844 authorizes state lease-revenue bond financing for the acquisition, design and construction of adult local criminal justice facilities construction. San Francisco is categorized as a large county and as such has the potential to be awarded up to $70 million. A 10 percent cash match is required by the program. San Francisco has committed $12 million to the project for a total project budget of $82 million.
The City and County of San Francisco has participated in prior facility construction RFPs released by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), SB 1022 and SB 863, respectively. San Francisco scored very high on our SB 1022 submission, but did not receive an award because our environmental impact report was not completed in the timeframe as outlined in the program requirements. We did, however score number one on our SB 863 submission and received an $80 million conditional award for the construction of a 384-bed facility to replace the aged and seismically deficient Hall of Justice (HOJ) jails. 
Ultimately, San Francisco did not accept the SB 863 award.
The Sheriff's Department's participation in three BSCC request for proposals has been collaborative and included the assistance of the Mayor's Budget Office, Controller's Office, City Administrator's Office, Department of Public Works, Real Estate Department and the Department of Public Health. Working with these City and County of San Francisco departments we have identified multiple issues with the infrastructure of the county jail that pose challenges to the safe and secure operation of the jail.
Sheriff Hennessy additionally serves as co-chair of the work group to reenvision the jail replacement project. The renovation of County Jail #2 has received support from the reenvisioning work group.
Although our SB 844 proposal serves to partially address some of the challenges facing the county jail, it will not allow the Sheriff's Department to permanently close the HOJ jail. It will, however, afford the department the ability to make significant improvements to County Jail #2, located at 425 7th St. The planned improvements will ensure that the Sheriff's Department is well-positioned to meet our City Charter mandate to operate a safe and secure jail while providing the finest evidence-based offender programming possible aimed to reduce recidivism. 
The much-needed improvements to County Jail #2 include:
  • Replacement of key HVAC components to ensure proper air flow throughout the facility.
  • Repairs to the roof membrane to prevent water intrusion, which has caused damage to electronic security systems.
  • Targeted structural strengthening to the building to better withstand the effects of an earthquake.
  • Replace 48 open bay beds double occupancy rooms, each with their own toilet, sink and desk.
  • Install mezzanine level barriers and classification sliders to create safer conditions of confinement, mitigate inmate suicide attempts and afford more opportunity for inmate participation in programs.
  • Build out atriums within the building to create an extra 1,500 to 3,000 square feet of usable space.  This space will be used for inmate vocational training, delivery of confidential therapeutic care, family unification program and inmate recreation.
  • Extensive remodel and repair of the facility kitchen that will allow the department to shutter the kitchen currently in use in the aged HOJ jail.
The Sheriff's Department submitted our SB 844 proposal to the BSCC on February 28, 2017. This is a competitive process and there is no guarantee that we will receive an award. We anticipate that conditional awards will be announced sometime in June.

Continued Training for 
Sheriff's Patrol Unit Deputies 

By Senior Deputy M. Clauzel
The Sheriff's Department's Patrol Unit (SPU) is responsible for general law enforcement services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH), Laguna Honda Hospital (LHH) and various Department of Public Health (DPH) facilities throughout San Francisco. With the multitude of visitors, patients, medical staff, medical students, etc., who visit these medical institutions, there are many challenges faced daily. 
To help with that, all staff members assigned to or who elect to work voluntary overtime at ZSFGH or any DPH facility are required to attend new employee orientation (NEO) sponsored by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Human Resources, and a department orientation provided by the employee's manager within 30 days of his or her start work date. NEO and DET are part of DPH.

Nearly 300 sworn staff members have also received crisis intervention (CI) training to date. This number will increase to 400 by the end of the year. 
There are codified regulatory requirements establishing minimum standards for all employees who work in health care facilities in order for them to be licensed to operate.  These standards are enforced by the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission, which conduct regular surveys and audits of all healthcare facilities to ensure minimum standards are maintained. 
The Sheriff's Department's mission in providing law enforcement services for the DPH requires our personnel to operate in healthcare facilities regularly and therefore must comply with all applicable standards. Minimum required training includes initial DPH new employee orientation and monthly/yearly updates include online training courses. The SPU training coordinator is responsible for maintaining records of attendance for all Sheriff's Department personnel.
NEO will include an overview of regulatory required topics and strategic plan initiatives, clinical skills and information and Safety Management and Response Techniques. In addition to the above listed material, NEO also covers response codes for events such as infant/pediatric abduction, fire emergencies, active shooter and medical emergencies.
Also reviewed are other emergency response procedures that cover emergency department lockdowns, hospital emergency incident command activation, disaster response, hazardous material contamination, infection control, bomb threats, critical alarms, and power outages.
Online training management software solutions utilized by DET to provide the required update training established by federal and local regulatory agencies. All SPU personnel assigned to ZSFGH and LHH are required to complete this training at specified intervals.
Topics include abuse prevention, blood-borne pathogens, regulatory compliance, emergency management and disaster response, health and safety, etc.
The Sheriff's Department continues to work closely with our DPH partners to stay on top of training that will best serve the public and meet requirements. If you have any questions or would like to attend any of the PDH training identified, please contact the Sheriff's Operation Center and ask to speak with the DPH training coordinator.

Sheriff's Department Implements 
E-Discovery Program for Inmates 

By Chief P. Miyamoto
The use of computers and easy access to information is woven into the fabric of our modern culture. However, inmates who are in the custody and care of the Sheriff's Department do not have the same access to computers, laptops, and electronic devices designed to facilitate information sharing. In order to accommodate legal communication between attorneys and their in-custody clients, the Sheriff's Department began a pilot program last year called "E-Discovery." 
Inmates were allowed to request via court order for access to their criminal case related discovery stored on flash, or thumb, drives. Depositions, audio and video recordings, and documents related to their cases were accessible with the use of these drives and laptop computers provided by their attorneys. The program faced many challenges, such as limited access to computers, and the use of the thumb drives and computers not related to legal discovery or materials.
We are currently providing computer kiosks in our jail law libraries to address these challenges. We will continue on a path to provide things that the public takes for granted to those in our custody in a manner that is safe, secure, and fair.
Civil Unit Prepares DV Brochure  

By Lt. J. Garcia Jr.

The Sheriff's Department's Civil Unit has prepared a new domestic violence brochure that outlines the procedure that the Civil Unit follows in serving temporary restraining orders as well as providing referral information for those in need of domestic violence services beyond a restraining order.

This brochure, created at the request of the Sheriff working with the Family Violence Council, will be available to all individuals who go to the courthouse. It outlines the service procedures of a temporary restraining order by the Sheriff's Department. Our office can serve all restraining orders issued by any court, including all out-of-state orders.

Anyone over age 18 who is not a party to the case or a registered process server can serve them as well. We serve Monday through Friday, with the hours varying from as early as 6:30 a.m. to as late as 7 p.m. Our deputies will strive to make our first attempt on the same day as we receive the order whenever possible. Our deputies serve all restraining orders in two-person teams, with a temporary restraining order (TRO) with a moveout condition (the individual being served must move out from the service address immediately) performed with a three-person team.

Our office receives on average approximately 100 restraining orders a month from our court as well as from other county courts. We will make up to three attempts to serve the order. Upon service, we will inform the restrained party the terms and conditions of the order as well as make a demand for any weapons or ammunition they may possess. They can turn them over to us immediately or they have 24 hours to turn them in to law enforcement or licensed gun dealer and then another 24 hours, to show proof to the court they have done so.

The Civil Unit does not serve any TRO in which a child must be removed from the restrained party and returned to the plaintiff. The San Francisco District Attorney's Child Abduction Unit performs that service.
It is the Civil Unit's hope that it can provide this information to those who need it to protect their loved ones. 
Yolanda Macias Receives Tanya Neiman Award at Justice and Freedom 35th Anniversary Dinner

Yolanda Macias
Yolanda Macias of Community Works West received the Tanya Neiman Award on March 8 at the Voices for Justice and Freedom 35th Anniversary Dinner in San Francisco. The awards program was hosted by the Domestic Violence Consortium. Four people also received Honorees - Mothers of the Movement Awards - Patti Chang, CEO of Feed The Hunger Foundation; Roma Guy, social justice activist; Sharon Johnson, the first director of the Commission on the Status of Women; and Andrea Shorter, who has served on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2001.

The Tanya Neiman Award is awarded to a person who has demonstrated in her or his work the passion, commitment and strong advocacy for domestic violence survivors, and has been a leader in her or his community by bringing about awareness and change for survivors. Nominations are taken, then members of the Domestic Violence Consortium Advisory Board decide the winner. Neiman, who died in 2006, was the longtime director of Volunteer Legal Services Program.

Macias, the lead case manager for the Survivor Empowerment Program, has worked for Community Works West for 12 years now, which is under the Sheriff's Department's Survivor Restoration Program. She leads a 12-week class to help female survivors lead emotionally, physically and psychologically healthy lives. She also provides one-on-one case management with clients. Before joining Community Works West, she was with WOMAN Inc., another agency for domestic violence survivors.

"It's an immense honor, especially because I knew Tanya Neiman and she was a pioneer in the domestic violence movement," she said of the award. "And it is an honor to be recognized for my efforts and for what I have done all these years."

Macias first got involved with domestic violence programs when she came to the United States to study English at Triton College in Illinois. "They needed volunteers at the college for students having problems with their loved ones," she said. She found that she enjoyed her work. She also fell in love with an American man, got married, became a U.S. citizen and moved to California. She estimated that she has helped thousands of domestic violence survivors in her line of work. "This is hard work," she said. "We sometimes hear very traumatic events."

Macias is the third Community Works West employee to receive this award. Marcela Espino and Gilda Serrano won the award in previous years.

Her clients come from all over the world, from Africa to Europe to Asia to Latin America. "It can be lifesaving to come to this group seeking help," Macias said. "We also help them a lot with the legal process or immigration, if they need it."

One case that impacted Macias began one Tuesday, the day Macias usually went to the supermarket to buy snacks for domestic violence meetings. That's when she met a cashier who had bruises on her face. "I talked to her but she was hostile," Macias said. "She insisted she fell. But I know the difference. She reluctantly took my business card." She saw the cashier other times when she visited the store. Macias always talked to the woman and left her card. One day, the cashier called Macias. She was screaming and afraid for herself and her children. The woman's abuser had kicked down the door. Macias called the police and got the woman and her children placed in a domestic violence shelter. She said the woman qualified for a U visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa that is set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse.  The woman got a work permit and found a better job. She also earned her driver's license, is taking classes and has received permanent residency. "When they come here and they meet their goals and see their lives change, it's rewarding," Macias said.

 "You don't make yourself rich working in domestic violence, but it's really satisfying."

St. Lawrence String Quartet 
Plays at San Bruno 

The St. Lawrence String Quartet performed for dozens of inmates at County Jail #5 in San Bruno March 7. The quartet played selections by Haydn and Beethoven for Roads to the Recovery and COVER pods in two concerts. 

The St. Lawrence String Quartet was founded in Toronto in 1989 and quickly won acclaim at top international chamber music competitions. Featuring violinists Geoff Nuttall and Owen Dalby, violist Leslie Robertson, and cellist Christopher Costanza, the quartet is currently in residence at Stanford University, where it directs the school's chamber music program.

More about this at Stanford News
New Domestic Violence 
Awareness Education 

By Delia Ginorio

More than 60 Sheriff's Deputies, assigned as bailiffs in our criminal and civil courts, attended an in-depth domestic violence training class Feb. 13 taught by Survivor Restoration Program Director Delia Ginorio, Domestic Violence Consortium Director Beverly Upton and Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic Director Emberly Cross. The class was taught in two four-hour blocks on a recent court holiday. Our court deputies play a critical role both in criminal and family court in giving survivors extra support and safety during a very difficult time in their lives.
The trainers covered several topics such as challenging myths, stereotypes and understanding why some women stay in abusive relationships. There can be many reasons why women stay, but the top answer is that when a woman actually leaves her abuser, that is the most dangerous time for her. It's important to never tell a victim to leave as she is the only one who can make that decision.
Other discussions between the trainers and the Deputies included giving the bailiffs opportunity to talk about real-life experiences in the court, how can they support domestic violence victims more and what do they need from the community. They also talked about what happens in the court for safety. As trainers, we also have a better understanding about what the protocol currently is. The training also consisted of several role-play activities that would bring up awareness around domestic violence issues that face our communities.
With Lt. S. Tilton's leadership at the courthouse and the professionalism from the bailiffs who attended the training, the day was filled new information, great participation and deeper understanding on both sides of the process and importance of communication and safety.   
The following day at a standing monthly meeting that the domestic violence community group Justice and Courage has with the Sheriff, the trainers shared their experience and their appreciation that our department has put a priority on domestic violence  training. The trainers also shared a few suggestions that they and the Deputies suggested to better serve our community in providing safety and support. 

Delia Ginorio is the Director of the Survivor Restoration Program.
NoVA Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

No Violence Alliance (NoVA) celebrated its 10th anniversary Feb. 17 at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Cedric Akbar was the master of ceremonies, and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy spoke at the event. The event also featured guest speakers who were NoVA clients. 

Sheriff Hennessy thanked former Sheriff Michael Hennessey for creating the program a decade ago in collaboration with community and faith-based organizations. Hennessey, she said, took a "revolutionary" idea: They wanted case managers "to be empowered with resources needed to address the obstacles that they knew their clients would face." NoVA begins its work in the prisons and jails and continues when the offender returns to the community.
She noted that the Sheriff's Department has invested more than $20 million in NoVA, and that the program has helped more than 2,300 clients. Only 18 percent have been reincarcerated.

Sheriff Hennessy also discussed how important mental health services are available to clients through its collaboration with Citywide Case Management. NoVA clients have immediate access to a therapist, whether it be for clinical assessment, grief counseling or linkage to an ongoing prescriber. This component allowed NoVA to take on new target populations. More recently, NoVA played a critical role in the implementation of the new Misdemeanor Behavioral Health Court.

She ended by noting that the jail population has changed since 2006, when many were arrested for drug offenses. The clients now are more likely to have acute behavioral health needs.  
Deputies Win Rotary Club Award 

Deputy C. Gatson, Sheriff Hennessy and Deputy M. Li at the event. 

By Undersheriff Carl Koehler 

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy and Undersheriff Carl Koehler attended an awards luncheon Feb. 14 given by Rotary Club International to honor two deputy sheriffs whose actions went above and beyond the call of duty. These annual awards recognize the Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff's Department, and Coast Guard personnel who best reflect the Rotary Club International motto of "service above self."

This year's awards went to Deputy C. Gaston, a 23-year veteran, and Deputy M. Li, a nine-year veteran of the Department. Both are assigned to the San Francisco Sheriff's Department Patrol Unit at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. 

On July 21, 2016, the deputies were in a department vehicle and observed a man lying prone on Van Ness Avenue.  They stopped their vehicle to investigate and noticed discharge from his mouth and nose. A primary medical assessment revealed he was in acute distress. An ambulance was called and rescue breathing and CPR was performed, and they were able to resuscitate the victim and assist the arriving paramedics.

Their prompt and professional response saved the man's life and was in the best tradition of the Sheriff's Department. The Rotary Club award included a beautiful crystal trophy, a night at the Sir Francis Drake hotel, and various other accolades. Both deputies had proud family and friends present for the ceremony.

Sheriff's Department Celebrates at Community Appreciation Dinner

By Leslie Levitas

Master of ceremonies Ernest Kirkwood.

The Sheriff's Department recognizes the varied and essential roles that families play whenever a loved one is incarcerated. The department has been a longtime leader in services for those impacted by having a family member in jail or prison. These are among the many reasons why, on Feb. 9,  the Sheriff's Department participated in the first "Community Appreciation Dinner for Families with an Incarcerated Loved One" at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco.

The Community Appreciation Dinner was a project of the S.F. Reentry Council, which Sheriff Hennessy co-chairs. It was sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Restorative Justice Ministry, along with support from many individuals, government agencies and community-based organizations. The program consisted of speakers, entertainment and a raffle, along with a delicious meal for more than 200 community members. It was a "family-friendly" event, including face painting and special prizes for kids.

The master of ceremonies was Ernest Kirkwood, former chair of the Reentry Council's Support and Opportunities subcommittee, which focuses on long-term reentry needs. Speaking to the success of the event, Kirkwood said, "I live by believing and not by seeing.  Do the work and it happens."

Since maintaining family connections is one of the least expensive ways to reduce recidivism, the Sheriff's Department provides a variety of other services to families throughout the year. In partnership with Community Works West, the Sheriff's Department's One Family program offers parent-child contact visits to eligible inmates and their children, along with "Parenting Inside Out," an evidence-based parent education program. "These activities take place at Sheriff's Department facilities helping maintain family ties and strengthen those connections upon reentry," said Community Works West Executive Director Ruth Morgan, who attended the dinner. "Providing these services and contributing to events such as the recent Community Appreciation Dinner are among the many ways that the Sheriff's Department builds bridges to lessen the impact of incarceration on families and communities."

Leslie Levitas is a Principal Administrative Analyst for the Sheriff's Department's Administration and Programs Division. 

Food Handling Certificate Program Available at County Jail #5

IN2 Work/Recipe for Success, a new collaboration between Five Keys Schools and jail food service provider Aramark, offers inmates at County Jail #5 in San Bruno the opportunity to earn ServSafe food handling certification. ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training program administered by the National Restaurant Association and required by the State of California for food service workers.  The program began on March 6, and it is anticipated it will enroll up to 80 individuals annually.

The first part of the program, IN2 Work, is designed to provide inmates with food service training and resume-building practical work experience. It requires students to take classes in food service and participate in on-the-job training over a five-week period.
When students complete the classroom and on-the-job training, they enroll in the second part of the program, Recipe for Success, which prepares them for the certification exam. Once certified, they will be eligible for employment in the food service industry after release from custody.

Inmates selected for the program are identified by Aramark and Five Keys staff, then screened by rehabilitation services coordinators before admittance. Candidates for the program must have a high school diploma or GED level basic reading and math skills, or be currently working toward a diploma or GED.  They must also have sufficient time to serve in order to complete the program before release, and have an interest in food service.

Sheriff Attends Chinese 
New Year Parade

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy was honored to participate in San Francisco's Chinese New Year parade Feb. 11. The event, held in Chinatown and the Financial District neighborhoods, welcomed in the Year of the Rooster. With Deputy L. Mendoza and Deputy D. Ng, they enjoyed a beautiful night with a large crowd and positive reaction. There were thousands along the parade route. 

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