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March & April 2016 - ISSUES 38 & 39
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New Hires:

Deputy A. Balagtas
Deputy H. Barack
Deputy J. Chavez-Garcia
Deputy L. Chiu
Deputy K. Cittar
Deputy E. Dizon
Deputy M. Elliot
Deputy J. Fender
Deputy M. Folger
Deputy A. Fox
Deputy R. Giovannetti
Deputy Z. Grimaldi
Deputy R. Jayme, Jr.
Deputy N. Kinder
Deputy S. Kinnear
Deputy M. Koozmin
Deputy A. Maceda
Deputy S. Ned
Deputy R. Neves
Deputy D. Pan
Deputy D. Quintanilla
Deputy B. Sam
Deputy D. Wan
Deputy D. Yanguas

Storekeeper - David Carter

 Rehabilitation Services Coordinators

Pippi Jones
Ayoola Mitchell
Chloe Turner

Retired Staff:

George Gong
Institutional Police Officer
30 Years of service

Judy Wilson
Senior Legal Process Clerk
36 Years of service

Lieutenant K. Devoy
24 Years of service


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

Welcome to the March/April edition of our newsletter. I want to start by thanking Kenya Briggs for all her work over the past year as the Department's Public Information Officer, especially in putting together our newsletter every month and managing our social media. She did a great job and we wish her all the best in her new life with her family on the East Coast.
This issue highlights the good work of our Deputy Sheriffs that rarely gets reported in the media, including the honoring of Senior Deputy Michael Clauzel by Rotary Club #2. We take a look at the importance of regular exercise for maintaining good mental health, continuing training for sworn staff, and an innovative dog care class offered at the Women's Resource Center.
In last month's issue, we provided information on suicide prevention. This month, we have a feature about two separate potential suicides that were prevented by staff members who recognized the signs of suicidal thinking and responded effectively. These cases are emblematic of the work our Deputy Sheriffs and staff do every day. Some of the work is dramatic, like the stories presented here, but most of the time, it involves steady, day-to-day excellence in the performance of our duties and providing a presence that prevents problems from happening.
My calendar for past few weeks has been very full. Let me share some of the highlights:
On February 29, I administered the Oath of Office to 24 new Deputy Sheriffs. I spoke to them about the position of responsibility they now hold as public servants and peace officers, and my expectations for the judicious exercise of their authority. Four Deputy Sheriffs, who were already academy trained, reported to work in the Field Operations Division, while the remaining 20 reported to the San Mateo Basic Peace Officer's Standards and Training (POST) Academy, where they will receive intensive law enforcement training over the next few months. Please join me in welcoming them to the Department.
The San Francisco health, criminal justice and social service agencies are working together more than ever to provide services to people with mental health and substance abuse issues who are at risk for offending. I recently attended a meeting of city stakeholders to learn more about Seattle's Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, which seeks to divert people with drug charges out of the criminal justice system and into substance abuse treatment. In San Francisco, the Police Department and the District Attorney's Office are developing and implementing a similar program, called ABLE (Assistance Before Law Enforcement). In addition, Mayor Ed Lee convened a meeting of city agencies to explore a cross-disciplinary approach to gun violence, particularly among young men aged 26 to 36, who make up the majority of people arrested on these charges. As Sheriff, I am a member of the San Francisco Re-Entry Council and the Sentencing Commission, and look forward to working with the criminal justice and social service communities to continue to improve the ways that we address crime and its underlying social issues.
The Immigrant Rights Commission invited me to its March meeting to discuss my proposed policy for addressing ICE requests for Voluntary Notification of Release. I am also continuing to meet with the Free SF Coalition and other representatives of the immigrant rights advocacy community on the same issue.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of being Sheriff is having the opportunity to meet so many interesting and impressive people whose volunteer work has real impact on the lives of San Franciscans. It was a great pleasure to meet with alumnae of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at their annual San Francisco City Hall Day. This remarkable organization was formed at Howard University in 1913 to promote academic excellence and provide scholarships. The members are dedicated to performing public service in underserved communities, with a primary focus on the African American community.
March brought the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and I was honored to be joined by a group of Deputy Sheriffs and non-sworn members of the Department and their families who volunteered to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Everyone we encountered along the route enjoyed being "Irish for the day," and many expressed their support of our department.
Finally, one recent Saturday morning, I joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier at the Excelsior Branch Library for "When I Grow Up," a program that teaches young girls and teens about all the career possibilities open to them. The experience made me think of all the great women and men of the Sheriff's Department who are positive and motivating role models for the young people in their communities. It is a privilege to work with you.
 Suicide Prevention Skills Save Two Lives 

When Deputy Diego Perez of the Civil Unit's Eviction Assistance noticed the elderly evictee he was counseling had stopped making eye contact, a red flag went up. The man had fought the eviction through the Rent Board and the courts and had won two stays of execution. But he had just learned that his third request for a stay was denied and he would have to leave the apartment that had been his home for more than 20 years. Now that the eviction was inevitable, he wanted to know what would happen to his pets and his property if he could not move them out in time. As Deputy Perez sat with the man at a table in the Civil lobby and explained that a Deputy Sheriff would arrive at the apartment and ask all occupants to leave while the locks were changed, the man began to cry. He said that his wife had recently passed away of cancer, in their home, as he held her in his arms. He had watched as the Medical Examiner took her body away and now all he had left was the home they had shared. Deputy Perez kept the man talking as he continued to observe his body language and listen to his concerns. He told the man he was deeply concerned about him and asked him what he planned to do that evening. The man said, "I am going to go home and kill myself. I want to end this all."

Deputy Perez
Deputy Perez kept talking to the man, encouraging him not to give up. Deputy Perez, together with Sgt. Mike Kilgariff and Sr. Deputy Jin Choi, made arrangements for the man to be taken to San Francisco General Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Services unit for a mental health evaluation. Deputy Perez brought the man into the Civil Unit office and explained that his statements had caused him to be deeply concerned for his safety and he thought it would be helpful for him to speak with a mental health professional. Deputy Perez rode with the man as he was transported, and stayed with him to explain the process. As Deputy Perez turned to leave, the man shook his hand and said, "Thank you for saving my life today, because I would have gone home and done it."

The eviction happened as scheduled, but thanks to Deputy Perez, the man's family was able to get involved and find a new home for him and his pets.

Cadet Singh
At San Francisco General Hospital, Cadet Jonathan Singh was conducting routine exterior stairwell checks in Building 80 when he saw a patient exit the fifth floor door and head for the railing wall, five stories above a parking lot.  Cadet Singh asked him if he was okay. The man replied that he wanted to jump. As Cadet Singh moved toward him, telling him to stop, the man put his arms on top of the wall, preparing to hoist himself over. Cadet Singh wrapped his arm around the man, pulled him away from the wall, and held on to him while using his radio to summon help. A medical worker exiting the fifth floor happened upon the scene and ran to get medical staff to assist. While the man continued to struggle and try to break free, a doctor and a medical assistant helped to restrain him. Senior Deputy Allen, Deputy Li and Deputy Edwards responded to the scene and escorted the man back into the hospital where he was held for a mental health evaluation.

Each of these stories illustrates the importance of closely observing the people we come in contact with every day and knowing how to engage someone determined to end their life. Deputy Perez used his verbal skills to keep the man facing eviction talking until he expressed his desire to commit suicide, and then kept him safe until he could receive mental health care. Cadet Singh's task was more physical, but by verbally engaging the patient, he distracted him, gaining just enough time to reach him and pull him away from danger.
San Francisco Rotary Club Honors Senior Deputy
On February 23, Senior Deputy Michael Clauzel was awarded the 2015, Rotary Club Emergency Services Award for his skill and bravery in the face of grave danger.

Senior Deputy Clauzel
On October 8, 2015, Senior Deputy Clauzel was driving home from work on Interstate 580 near the intersection of Interstate 205 when a serious collision happened in front of him. He saw a Jeep resting upside down in the middle of the number one lane, debris scattered all over the highway and motorists stopping to help. Sr. Deputy Clauzel stopped his car and organized the motorists to assist the passengers of the Jeep to safety at the side of the freeway. It was then that he noticed a badly damaged BMW SUV down an embankment with fire burning all around it. As the fire intensified and spread, he ran toward the car and discovered a young woman who had been ejected from the vehicle, lying on the ground, covered in blood and severely injured. He tried to pull her away as the flames came closer, but found he couldn't do it alone. He called to two Good Samaritans to assist him. Together, directed by him, they were able to carry her to safety. Sr. Deputy Clauzel then instructed the two to place his jacket under her head, immobilize her to prevent further injury and treat her for shock.

Sheriff Hennessy congratulating Senior Deputy Clauzel at the Rotary Club award Luncheon
Returning to the freeway, Sr. Deputy Clauzel assisted off-duty San Francisco Police Officer Raymond Padmore, who had also happened upon the scene, in directing traffic around the accident. He moved his car to block traffic in front of the injured woman, while Officer Padmore cleared a path for emergency vehicles and created space for a life flight helicopter to land. When the California Highway Patrol and the Tracy Fire Department arrived, Sr. Deputy Clauzel and Officer Padmore stayed to assist in stabilizing the scene and interviewing witnesses.

In addition to saving the life of Brianna Vargas, Sr. Deputy Clauzel's quick thinking and leadership ability contained the accident and prevented other motorists from crashing into it. In accepting the Rotary Club award, Sr. Deputy Clauzel recognized the unselfish acts of the Good Samaritans who stopped to render aid, and the exceptional work of Officer Padmore.
Dog Care at the Women's Resource Center

In March, the staff of the 
Women's Resource Center hosted a four-part series of dog care workshops, where dog lovers learned how to better care for their loyal companions and how to translate those new skills into possible employment. Practicing on real dogs - four friendly and very patient dogs -
students learned the basics of grooming, including nail care, as well as the proper way to walk a dog. They learned dog etiquette, how to read a dog's body language and the right way to approach a dog for the first time. Most important, students learned how to perform dog cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save the lives of the pets who add so much to the lives of their human companions. 
Taught by a skillful dog groomer, the workshops gave students the opportunity to get real experience working with a professional and learned useful skills they can use every day. 
Exercise: It's Easier Than You Think

Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.

Stress and anxiety are part of all of our lives. But, for about 10 percent of the US population stress can turn into anxiety disorders. The good news is that more and more studies show that one important - and easy - way to keep stress in check is regular exercise. 

At the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat, which is designed especially for first respondors  who suffer from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), regular exercise is included as part of the participants' ongoing treatment plans. Aerobic exercise is particularly helpful in dealing with stress both at work and at home. Short term, it can clear the mind. Long term, it provides a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, using an approach that includes regular aerobic exercise to resolve stress has a positive long-term impact on overall health that unhealthy alternatives, like overeating or abusing drugs and alcohol, can't provide.

What constitutes aerobic activity? There are many more scientific definitions out there, but aerobic exercise is any activity that causes you to sweat and to breathe harder for a sustained period of time. When first starting, that can be as short as a few minutes. It is as easy as simply walking. If you are new to exercise, try walking at a pace that feels brisk to you and requires a bit of effort for about 20 minutes three times a week. Just putting one foot in front of another is something that can be done wherever you are and takes no special equipment.

You may feel immediate positive results, but give yourself six to eight weeks for your body to get used to moving around and for walking to become a habit. You just might find yourself exploring other forms of aerobic exercise, like swimming, running or cycling, but even if walking is all you want to do, do it regularly and you will find yourself better able to handle stress.
Spotlight on Training - Crisis Intervention Training
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has found that each year, more than two million jail bookings in the United States involve a person with mental illness. In the San Francisco County Jails, it is estimated that between seven and 14 percent of the 2015 population suffered from serious mental illness. One in four people killed in officer involved shootings nationwide had a serious mental illness. These numbers make clear what those in law enforcement have known anecdotally for many years, that law enforcement agencies have become the first responders to people experiencing mental health crisis, and jails have become the principal providers of mental health treatment.
In response to that sad reality, the Sheriff's Department, in consultation with the Department of Public Health's Behavioral Health Services, developed and implemented a 24-hour block of crisis intervention training given as part of the jail operations course, and reinforced in subsequent periodic training. It is conducted in a collaborative format by a team of sworn Department staff and staff from Behavioral Health Services. The training consists of de-escalation techniques designed to facilitate positive resolution to incidents involving individuals who have a severe mental illness, may be developmentally disabled, or be experiencing a psychiatric emergency.
The Department provides additional opportunities for sworn staff to improve their responsiveness to crisis situations by serving in the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT). Selection for the CNT is rigorous, consisting of a combination of oral boards and written exams, including the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Hostage Negotiators Basic Course. Members participate in on-going professional training. They respond with the Special Response Team to critical incidents in all divisions, including the Civil Unit, where there may be a need for negotiations, such as hostage situations or barricaded individuals. They also assist in intelligence gathering and logistics during critical incidents.
Sheriff's Department 
Employees March
in the 
Saint Patrick's Day Parade

In March, the Sheriff's Department joined Irish Americans through the San Francisco Bay Area by marching in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

Members of the Sheriff's Department waiting to begin the parade.
From Left to Right: Senior Deputy Campion, Senior Deputy Conway, Deputy O'Malley, Sergeant O'Shea, Deputy Webb, Sergeant Kuhns, Sheriff Hennessy, Captain Fisher, Senior Deputy James, Deputy Cosgrove, Deputy Quinn, Chief Deputy Gorwood, Deputy Josif, Lieutenant Scannell
Sheriff Hennessy passes out Junior Deputy stickers to kids at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
From Left to Right:
 Deputy Cosgrove, Captain Fisher, Sheriff Hennessy, Sergeant Kuhns, Lietutenant Scannell

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