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WELCOME NEW SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES
New Deps with Sheriff
6 New Shiny Stars: After their swearing in ceremony in February, new deputies pose for a photo with Sheriff Mirkarimi
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Kyle Yee #2160
Gavin Smithcamp #2161
Jose Bedoya #2162
Arnaldo Ryan #2163
Patrick O'Malley #2164
Michael Gray #2165

January 2013 Retirees:
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Sr. Deputy Paul Rapicavoli
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A Message from Sheriff 
Ross Mirkarimi
 
Welcome to our third newsletter. You may have noticed the recent job announcements -- we just closed our first recruitment of 2013 for entry level candidates. This recruitment has not occurred since 2009. While we were fortunate to swear in six new deputies on February 22, these deputies were already academy trained and are lateral hires. With this infusion, our department is still understaffed by several dozen deputies. I know, especially after serving seven years on the Budget Committee of the Board of Supervisors, that it's unwise policy for departments to compensate for staff deficiencies by using overtime.

We are revamping our recruiting strategies with a specific focus on hiring from within San Francisco. As statistics show, this is not a common practice for our City's public safety agencies. As a Supervisor, I sponsored legislation creating a vocational training academy for high school students or young adults who want to pursue employment in public safety. Although, that academy remains in limbo between the S. F. Unified School District, City College and City Hall, the S.F. Sheriff's Department wants to cultivate top flight candidates who know the City and want to contribute to their communities through public service.

Why become a deputy sheriff or a program coordinator? Because our work matters!

On February 7, 2013, I proudly watched Reggie Daniels, an ex-offender, honored as one of four winners of the KQED Black History Month Local Heroes Award. In custody, Reggie participated in the department's Resolve to Stop the Violence Program (RSVP). He used his time well inside, and embarked on an amazing path upon release, where he earned a Masters degree from the University of San Francisco. He is now a program leader, helping us make reentry more effective for ex-offenders.

Another wave of inspiration carried over into something that no other jail system in the nation participated in-- the One Billion Rising event. While a great deal of attention was focused on the general public for increasing efforts to stamp out violence against women and children, another audience was key to the equation, both offenders and survivors who are in jail. We reached out to event organizers, Dancing Without Borders, to work with our staff, women and men inmates. A truly remarkable collaboration between inmates, sworn deputies, department and organizers resulted in something that exceeded all expectations. The rally theme to end violence also buttressed the call for anti-violence education, treatment and restorative justice. This passion is captured in the video link of women and men inmates with our deputy staff and organizers - I encourage you to check it out.

Further, on behalf of our department and city, congratulations to Deputy Sheriff Joanne Gomez, recipient of the San Francisco Rotary Emergency Services Award for 2013. Honored for her bravery for saving a man who fell off the BART station platform and landed onto the tracks with a oncoming train arriving within one minute. A delegation of us were there to witness the award ceremony and to celebrate the heroes of the Sheriff's Department, the San Francisco Police Department, Fire Department and Coast Guard. Congratulations to all.

Finally, I want to commend our training unit. The Board of State and Community Corrections found our department in "substantial compliance". This means that all sworn peace officers, except those on approved leave, completed their mandated training. 

Looking forward, as I intimated in previous reports of exciting actions to come, in collaboration with the San Francisco Adult Probation Department, we just launched California's first Reentry Pod. We will have more on this in the next newsletter.

Professional excellence coupled with the drive to make a difference in people's lives is a first-rate reason to work here.
SFSD inFocus:  Part Two: County Jail #1
 
Part Two in a series of articles that will serve to inform and educate the public on the San Francisco County Jail system. Look forward to future editions where the other jail facilities will be spotlighted to detail the function and role that it plays in our system.
CJ1 Staff

Everyone arrested and sent to jail in San Francisco County will pay a visit to County Jail #1, also known as the Intake and Release Center. Opened in 1994, it is located at 425 7th Street. County Jail #1 is also where everyone who leaves jail will depart from. It is a busy place!


Upon arrival, arrested persons are screened for medical and mental health needs, booked in the jail computer, photographed, and then fingerprinted. Depending on the severity of the charges, a person's personal property is taken, inventoried, and they surrender their street clothing for those familiar orange outfits. Inmates are then classified to make sure they are housed appropriately for their safety and the safety of others.

The County Jail #1 workgroup consists of sworn personnel, civilian technicians, and medical and psychiatric staff who work as a team to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.

Each day we serve many local, regional and state law enforcement agencies. Each officer is extended professional courtesy and assistance during the processing of their custodies. In January of 2013, County Jail #1 averaged 64 persons booked and 58 persons released daily.

The men and women who work at the Intake and Release Center must prepare themselves each day for a multitude of challenges. San Francisco is a diverse city and arrested persons reflect this diversity; persons arrested in San Francisco have a wide range of criminal sophistication. In the same shift, staff may deal with a first time non-violent offender, an addict arrested for his fifteenth burglary, a husband and wife arrested for domestic violence or a sophisticated gang member or someone arrested for murder.

Many of these people are in a state of crisis, under the influence of drugs and alcohol, or suffer from mental illness. Our staff must patiently get them safely through the booking process understanding each person presents a unique set of challenges. Each team member must adapt to these variables throughout their shift.

The men and women of County Jail #1 step up every day to meet these challenges in a caring and professional manner. Their efforts epitomize the essence of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.  

Heroic Actions of Deputy Honored by San Francisco Rotary
 
dep gomez with sheriff On February 12, 2013, Deputy Sheriff Joanne Gomez was the recipient of the San Francisco Rotary Emergency Services Award - 2013, presented by  Rotary Club #2 of San Francisco.

Deputy Gomez was honored for her heroic actions of March 27, 2012. Deputy Gomez was at a BART station platform waiting for the train to commute to work. She noted that the next train was due to arrive in one minute. At that time a young man ran across the platform and fell onto the train tracks below the platform. Deputy Gomez immediately climbed down onto the tracks to rescue the young man from the arriving train. Another person came to Deputy Gomez's aid and together they began to lift the man up to return him to the platform. Two more people came to assist and were successful in lifting him back onto the platform.

On the platform Deputy Gomez placed the unconscious man, on his side and in a position of recovery. The man was bleeding from his nose and mouth. When the man recovered consciousness, Deputy Gomez reassured the man and continued with first aid. When BART P.D. and medical assistance arrived, Deputy Gomez shared the appropriate information with BART P.D. and then caught the next train to report to work.

Deputy Gomez's professionalism and bravery prevented a possible fatality or serious injury to a member of the public in their time of need.

Deputy Gomez was born in San Francisco and joined the San Francisco Sheriff's Department in 1999. Deputy Gomez is currently assigned as a bailiff.
Anti-Violence Program Facilitator, Reggie Daniels, Wins KQED Local Heroes Award

Seven years ago Reggie Daniels was sitting in a rehabilitation program in the County Jail, facing a five year sentence for assault and possession for sales of a controlled substance. On the evening of February 6, 2013 he walked across the stage at Bimbo's to thunderous applause as one of four winners of the KQED Black History Month Local Heroes Award.

"It all started for me when I was asked to say, 'I am a violent man' in RSVP," says Daniels, referring to the Sheriff's Department's Resolve to Stop the Violence Program, where he began a course that would change his life. "It was hard for me to say it, and I can focus everything down to that one moment, when I started taking a look at myself and the things I did in a different way." Daniels then began the long road back. As soon as he left custody, he began a six-month internship with Community Works, the nonprofit that operates the RSVP program.

Daniels was born in San Francisco and graduated from Riordan High School before a series of bad decisions landed him in jail. He now works in the very programs that helped him, providing anti-violence programming in the San Francisco County Jail and is a volunteer ambassador for recovery, speaking at schools, in jails, and in community settings. In his acceptance speech, Daniels expressed a commitment to helping others overcome the challenges that he faced and to building safer communities. 
2013 KQED Black History Heroes: Reggie Daniels
2013 KQED Black History Heroes: Reggie Daniels
Five Keys Charter School Holds Winter Graduation Ceremonies

5 Keys Grads On January 29, 2013, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and Five Keys Executive Director Steve Good presided over the Winter Graduation events of the Five Keys Charter School. These ceremonies marked the 16th graduating class of the school which is celebrating its tenth year as a program of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. 
 
The ceremonies, attended by family, friends, teachers, school officials and Sheriff's Department program and sworn staff, were the cause of great joy and celebration for the graduates and those who had supported them during their journey. 
 
A morning ceremony was held to recognize the achievements of 20 inmates who earned their high school diploma or equivalency while being incarcerated. An afternoon ceremony recognized an additional 25 students who attended one of 13 community school sites located throughout San Francisco. There are also three school sites currently operating in Los Angeles. 
 
 
Five Keys Charter School was founded as a part of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department in 2003 when Sheriff Michael Hennessey received permission from the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education to establish a first-in-the-nation public charter high school in the county jail.  
 
This year Five Keys will serve over 6,000 students and over 940 students daily. Five Keys serves 30% of the San Francisco jail population and interweaves the five concepts of community, family, recovery, education, and employment into its school curriculum and workforce development programs. To date, Five Keys has awarded over 600 diplomas, GEDs and certificates of completion.

Sheriff Announces New Chief Financial Officer 
 
Please welcome our new employee Bree Mawhorter - Chief Financial Officer.  Sheriff Mirkarimi has announced that Bree Mawhorter has been selected as Chief Financial Officer for the department. Her appointment is effective February 16, 2013. Bree joins our department from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she held the position of Revenue Accounting and Administration Policy Manager. Bree has extensive experience working for the City and County of San Francisco and other municipal agencies. Her excellent educational and fiscal background will be a major asset to our department. Please welcome her as we all are looking forward to working with Bree as our CFO. 
SFSD Joins the  "One Billion Rising" 
San Francisco Inmates Rising!
San Francisco Inmates Rising!
On February 14 the Sheriff's Department participated in One Billion Rising, an empowering "dance strike" and global movement designed to bring awareness to the fight against violence to women and girls.

The lyrics of Tena Clark's "Break the Chain" never sounded as powerful as they did on the day we taught the women in our SISTER program the dance steps that would be performed across the world during this important event. During the four-hour process of healing through dance, music, and meditation, the energy and focus of all participants could be felt as one of community, awareness, openness, respect, love and hope. When asked how people felt after the group, one woman shared, "I know that I am in jail, but I feel free".

We can't end violence against women and girls alone. It's a global problem and we need a global solution. Men must stand up and account
for their violence. It was in this spirit that on February 13, in keeping with the principles of Restorative Justice in our RSVP program, the men participated in a four-hour process of engaging each other in deep dialog about violence, accountability, and empathy. They, too, learned the One Billion Rising dance steps and created posters that illustrated the myths and truths about domestic violence, rape, and trafficking victims. These posters were distributed to women in the audience at the One Billion Rising event at City Hall. 
Sheriff's Department Operations in Support of Superbowl Sunday

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Superbowl Sunday brought the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) to the streets of San Francisco. Although the outcome of the Game of the Year wasn't what 49er Fans expected, the ESU ensured the streets of San Francisco remained calm and safe. 
 
The ESU focused their patrol in
the Mission District,
responding to incidents, and watching over groups of disappointed fans. Sheriff's Deputies assisted the Police Department and made a number of arrests. Many of those arrested for public intoxication were not booked into jail but taken to nearby Sobering Centers.  
 
The professional and trained squads of Sheriff's personnel served as a deterrent to those who would break the law. This along with smaller crowd numbers due to the unexpected loss by our beloved football team, resulted in relatively few arrests having to be made.  
 
ESU Vans at the readyThe ESU was later deployed to the North Beach District to assist with smaller safety and security problems and ensured no one broke the law, vandalized our beautiful City or were so intoxicated they became a danger to themselves or the People of San Francisco.
SFSD Achieves Excellence in Training Compliance 

Board of State Corrections LogoEach year law enforcement agencies throughout the State of California are audited to ensure that they are in compliance with all state regulations. On July 25th, 2012, the Board of State and Community Corrections performed an audit inspecting training records for fiscal year 2011-2012. Pertinent departmental training records were monitored by a State representative who rated the San Francisco Sheriff's Department to be in "Substantial Compliance." 

 

The yearly training schedule process for our employees who work every day of the week and on a dozen different shifts is a daunting task.  It is the diligence of the training staff and cooperation from the department administrative supervisors that achieve results in compliance.  

 

Other than a handful of employees on approved leave, all of our sworn members were able to complete their 24 hours of mandated training. Congratulations to the Training Unit for their excellent work and to the entire department for their dedication to training!

Project Cheer a Success!
 
During the 2012 holiday season the Sheriff's Department sponsored an array of events including special meals, holiday concerts, restorative art projects, caroling in the jails and family activities.  One such event was the aptly named "Project Cheer" toy drive, during which San Francisco City College Cheerleaders joined deputies and program staff at the Women's Resource Center to collect donated toys.  
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Photo: David Elliot Lewis
CCSF Cheer and Dance Coach, Rita Tuialu'ulu'u, says, "As a coach of young women and men, I always stress to them the importance of connecting with your community. It's an extremely valuable experience that not only allows them to represent CCSF positively, but also learn an important lesson in giving their time and being of service to others. We are looking forward to volunteering for future events."
 
Sheriff Mirkarimi initiated this community engagement project with a distinct focus: to champion the concerns of local families who are striving to overcome the pervasive impact of incarceration.  Project Cheer's debut was a rousing success, providing donated gifts to over 500 local children and brightening the holidays for countless San Franciscan families.

Special thanks to Project Cheer's volunteers and community partners, including RSN (Recovery Survival Network), ICAN (Inner City Adolescent Network), San Francisco City College, Community Works West, Five Keys Charter School, NextCourse, Project FIN (Families In Need) and the San Francisco Chapter of NAIW
 
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