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September-November 2016  - ISSUES 44-46
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New Hires:

Deputy C. Andam
Deputy A. Cardenas
Deputy H. David
Deputy K. Driscoll
Deputy D. Duong
Deputy S. Durr
Deputy F. Flores Jr.
Deputy A. Gawley
Deputy J. Jeung
Deputy I. Kaiwi
Deputy B. Lau
Deputy N. Leal
Deputy E. Leo
Deputy J. Li
Deputy S. Lopez
Deputy M. Quach
Deputy I. Segundo
Deputy J. Singh

Cadet H. Antoine
Cadet E. Bretz
Cadet A. Escobar
Cadet M. Hicks
Cadet S. Lee
Cadet G. Nagy
Cadet R. Pardo
Cadet V. Ponce
Cadet E. Prado
Cadet E. Rocha
Cadet J. Tijerino
Cadet A. Villalobos 
Cadet D. Williams
Crispin Hollings
Chief Financial Officer

Terry Rather
Public Relations Officer

Austin Demmon
Apprentice Stationary Engineer

Brandon Jones
Apprentice Stationary Engineer

Dennis Dulay
Rehabilitation Services Coordinator


Chief P. Miyamoto
Lt. J. Gochez
Lt. R. Winters
Sr. Deputy D. Daguman
Sr. Deputy L. Ferrigno
Sr. Deputy R. Taylor


Deputy J. Chan
9 years

Deputy G. Jones
16 years

Deputy E. Redus
22 years

James Nelson
24 years

Clayton Smith
Rehabilitation Services Coordinator
36 years

In Memoriam:

Karen Toy
Sr. Legal Processing Clerk


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

Welcome to the September-November 2016 San Francisco Sheriff's Department newsletter.

On Election Day, November 8, more than 150 Sheriff's Deputies were assigned to retrieve and secure all the voted ballots from San Francisco's 576 voting precincts.  We have been entrusted with this duty since 2003 for every local and general election.  This is an enormous undertaking that requires meticulous planning and flawless execution.  In this issue, we have an article explaining the process and, from Theodore Toet, Executive Assistant to the Sheriff, a first-person account of a night riding along with the election team.

This month, we have a promotion and some new faces.  Please join me in congratulating P. Miyamoto on his promotion to Chief Deputy. Chief Deputy Miyamoto joined the Sheriff's Department in 1996 and has served in every rank up to and including Assistant Sheriff.  He has worked in all of our jails, including the now-closed old San Bruno facility.  In addition to jail duty, Chief Deputy Miyamoto worked in Training, the Sheriff's Patrol Unit, and Internal Affairs.  A longtime member of the Emergency Services Unit, he is also the commander of the Special Response Team.

I am delighted to welcome Crispin Hollings and Terry Rather, both of whom joined the Department in September.  Crispin is our new Chief Financial Officer, and Terry serves as our Public Relations Officer.  Crispin comes to us from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where, since 2008, he served as the Financial Planning Director.  Terry previously worked for the Continuing Education of the Bar, where she was a Senior Editor.

Since the beginning of 2016, we have hired 53 Deputy Sheriffs and 48 Sheriff's Cadets.  We welcome this infusion of new talent, but recognize that until they complete their training, many deputies and cadets are required to work mandatory overtime shifts.  I understand how difficult and unpredictable that can be for the people affected by our short staffing, and want them to know how much their contribution to keeping us at mandatory minimums is appreciated.

Training is a priority for me.  All sworn staff is required to complete 24 hours of Advanced Officer (AO) Training.  This year, POST-mandated subjects include CPR/AED instruction, defensive tactics, and range requalification.  In addition, we are including Gender Awareness as well as updates on case law and legal requirements related to the use of force.  To supplement AO, training bulletins covering such subjects as the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), firearm safety guidelines, and employee injury and illness prevention have been distributed for discussion at muster.

We are always proud to present stories about staff performing good work, both on- and off-duty.  This month, we feature stories about the Department's participation in Urban Shield, a Fleet Week softball tournament, and Senior Deputy S. O'Neill's participation in Bark at the Park with his K-9 partner, Brixx. Cathrine Sneed and Captain J. Ramirez provided free Halloween pumpkins to visitors and their children at County Jail #5 again this year.  County Jail #2 hosted a robust job fair in August, featuring more than 45 employers and program providers offering opportunities to prisoners post-release.  In September, program staff presented a victim impact panel for SWAP (Sheriff's Work Alternative Program) participants that featured victims, survivors and offenders of drunk driving.

In this issue, we profile Ron Perez, who administers the COVER Program at County Jail #5.  COVER, which stands for Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration, works with the Veterans Administration to provide programming specifically responsive to the needs of men and women who have served our country.  Ron, himself a Vietnam vet, has served the Sheriff's Department since the late 1970s.  His story, and the story of COVER, is an important and compelling one.

Time has flown quickly this year, and I have been in office for 10 months.  Since March, I have been co-chairing the Re-Envisioning the Jail Replacement Project, along with Director of Public Health Barbara Garcia and Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety Representative Roma Guy.  This effort, which seeks to create alternatives to incarceration for mentally ill offenders, has brought together representatives from the community, nonprofit providers, and city stakeholders.  The preliminary report on the work of the Re-Envisioning Work Group will be presented to the Board of Supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee on Thursday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m.  Here is a link to the data and prioritized recommendations of the Work Group.  One of the most pressing needs identified throughout this process is a comprehensive shared criminal justice data infrastructure capable of producing coherent and consistent cross-department data.  Despite efforts all departments have made to update their data systems, producing useful data still requires hours of manual work.  This experience has reaffirmed my commitment to work with the JUSTIS community and its executive sponsor, the City Administrator, to deliver the quality of data we all need to plan for the future.

A snapshot of other challenges we will address in the coming year includes:
  • Internal Affairs auditing and reporting to the public.
  • Automating our incident reports to allow us to report out on trends and incidents of interest, including use of force. Note: The Sheriff's Department is required to produce a quarterly report on the use of force, which can be found on our website under Public Notices.
  • Rising prisoner population counts and closing the seismically unsafe County Jail #4, an obsolete linear-style jail.
  • Fully adopting our transgender policies to include gender identity expression and preferences for appropriate searching and housing.
  • Continuing self-audit on our correctional processes.
  • Monitoring the use of the Pre-Trial Risk Assessment tool adopted in May 2016 that replaced the risk assessment tool that was used for the previous 25 years.
  • Beginning a Controller's audit of our Information Technology and Support Services Unit that will review staffing, work load, efficiency and software.
  • Preparing a Board of State and Community Corrections grant to renovate County Jail #2.
There is much that we do well as a department, yet there is still more we have to accomplish.  I am happy to have the dedicated staff that works to make a better future for the Department, the people we house and the city as a whole.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Sheriff's Department Secures 
Ballots on Election Day

The Sheriff's Department, as it has done for nearly 1½ decades, served as the guardian of the ballots for Election Day in San Francisco.

In 2001, San Francisco voters passed Proposition E, an elections reform measure that assigned responsibility to the Sheriff's Department to secure and transport ballots on Election Day. Prop. E passed because of perceived voting irregularities that had been alleged in previous San Francisco elections. A six-month probe by the state in 2001 found that 21 precincts sampled had ballots that had been tabulated improperly in the 2000 election. Also, mailed-in absentee ballots had been moved from City Hall to a possibly unguarded separate building as a precaution against a potential anthrax threat. Other past election day issues included ballot box lids found floating in the bay, misplaced and duplicate ballots, and wet ballots that had been dried in a microwave.

Since the Sheriff's Department took over securing the ballots in 2003, there have been no issues.

The Election Day operations process actually started three months before the election. Lt. J. Shannon first met with the Department of Elections staff to discuss the "game plan." He then worked on staffing Election Day, and deputies were assigned to various tasks. Lt. Shannon communicated frequently with the Department of Elections to make sure they are on the same page. He assigned deputies to the election routes, and completed an overtime matrix as well as an estimated cost to payroll.

On Election Day, Lt. Shannon's day began at 9 a.m. and ended about 2 a.m. the next day. He ensured all sites were set up and briefed all staff assigned to election duties at various sites throughout the day and night. He also monitored the sites throughout the day and night and remained in contact with the San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Elections.

The Sheriff's Department had about 175 sworn staff assigned to the election. The staff's role was to collect ballots from 576 polling places throughout the city and safely and securely deliver them to Pier 48, Shed B, for initial processing. The Sheriff's Department was also responsible for collecting Insight Memory Packs and Edge Result Cartridges from each polling place and ensuring that they were downloaded at upload sites, strategically located throughout the city, then transporting them to the City Hall elections computer room for safe storage.

The Sheriff's Department and the Department of Elections set up two command posts on Election Day. At the Department of Elections post at City Hall, two sworn supervisors monitored, dispatched and relayed information to the Department of Elections and the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's command post monitored, dispatched, relayed and documented communication over radio channels. Sworn staff kept track of all ballot collection activities through the supervisor stationed at the Processing Center as ballot collectors return to that location.

Vehicles used for the Election Day process were equipped with global positioning system (GPS) devices. The GPS allowed the Sheriff's command post to log into a website and accurately view where the vehicles carrying ballots are located at any given time. This allowed the Sheriff's command post to redirect personnel as needed. In addition to the GPS, the Sheriff's command post also used WebEOC, which had computerized incident command forms and live-time computerized updates from the Ballot Processing Center.

Sworn staff patrolled all areas where "live" or voted ballots were being processed, stored, or transported until the election is certified by the Secretary of State. The certification process can take up to 28 days.

Polling sites opened at 7 a.m. and closed by 8 p.m. Deputy start times varied depending on assignments, such as: staging, 3 p.m.; command post, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; ballot collecting, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; collecting memory packs, 6 p.m.; and processing, 8 p.m. Deputies usually work 4 to 8 hours. 

Observing Election Day Operations  

By Theodore Toet

I've never wondered what happens to my ballot after casting it. Like many voters, I trust that it was delivered to the Department of Elections without interference. Although I had not given much thought to the process, my family stressed the importance of voting. I was too young to vote in the 2008 presidential election, and the first election I was eligible to vote in was two years later in 2010. My polling place was in the garage of a house I had walked past on my way to and from high school for years. It felt strange walking the route again, two years later, and that feeling intensified as I entered the familiar, yet unfamiliar neighbor's garage.

The next year I moved, but still lived outside of San Francisco. Due to my constantly changing work and school schedules, I reregistered as a permanent absentee voter. Every election, I received my ballot in the mail, filled it out and sent it back. Although finding stamps was a challenge for a millennial who had never written a letter before, I knew how the postal service worked and never wondered how my ballot got to the Department of Elections for processing.

When I joined the San Francisco Sheriff's Department earlier this year, I heard mumblings of concern about the 2016 elections. I remember thinking, "Why is everyone so concerned about elections here? Isn't the workplace an inappropriate place to talk about politics?" That is what I was always told. I asked, "Why is everyone talking about the election?" I was told that the Sheriff was responsible for collecting and securing San Francisco's voted ballots and that the city's elections experienced a crisis of confidence in the early 2000s. My coworker recalled the story of an election where empty ballot tops were found floating in the bay and at Ocean Beach. After hearing this, I conceptually understood the Department's role in San Francisco's elections, but I could not visualize it until election night.

On November 8, I reported to Pier 48, Shed B, where I joined 125 sworn sheriff's deputies preparing for the evening. The briefing was located at the back of the shed and as I walked down, I noticed a huge empty space that appeared unfillable. When the muster briefing began, I was bewildered by the size of the operation. A total of 157 staff members were assigned to work through the night collecting the voted ballots. One hundred twenty-two were assigned to drive 116 different routes collecting voted ballots from 576 precincts. An additional 30 sheriff's deputies were working in various command posts overseeing the operation, and coordinating with the Department of Elections.

Traditionally, presidential election years have large voter turnout and, with many contested issues on the November ballot, voters were out in droves to cast their votes. The polls closed at 8 p.m. and deputy sheriffs prepared to begin the collection process. I rode with Lieutenants Shannon and Cabebe, who were responsible for overseeing the operation. After briefing the deputies and dispersing them to their polling locations, we headed to City Hall where we met a team of deputies providing security and assistance to the Department of Elections. After checking in, we headed to a nearby polling location to ensure that campaign workers were not electioneering within 100 feet of the polling place and that poll workers were not experiencing any issues.

After checking in with a few polling locations, we headed to the Sheriff's Command Center, where we met a team of deputies assigned to support the deputies collecting ballots for the event. We arrived around 9 p.m., before many poll workers had an opportunity to close their polls and prepare the materials for the deputies. There were few phone calls. During this time, I saw how the department tracked which ballot collectors had completed their routes and how the process was conducted. Around 9:45 p.m., the phones began ringing off the hook and the Command Center sprang to life. Deputies called with problems they were experiencing, from not being able to locate their polling sites, to poll workers not having materials ready for collection.

As the evening progressed, and deputies began arriving at Pier 48 with the collected voted ballots, Lt. Cabebe walked me through the final step of the operation. The deputies arrived in vans with the collected ballots and drove through Shed B where five groups of Department of Elections workers scanned and unloaded the vans, taking the voted ballots with them. The collected ballots were then sorted, placed on dollies and transported for storage. As I watched the operation unfold, I could not help but think of Henry Ford's auto assembly lines. After seeing this process, I decided to see how many deputies were waiting in line. I walked outside and saw an endless stream of headlights. As far down the street as I could see, I saw headlights from the vans trying to deliver their ballots were waiting. It was incredible. I asked a deputy I knew who was being processed as he entered Shed B, how long he had been in line. He told me he got in line at 10:09 p.m.; it was now 11:30 p.m.

The operation began at 4 p.m. and didn't end until 2 a.m. By the end of the night, the vacant space that appeared unfillable was packed with voted ballots. I was astonished by the volume of voted ballots received and by the number of deputies required to collect the ballots. I heard that every election, one-third to one-half of registered voters turn out to vote. This year, I saw the volume that number represents.
Sheriff's Department 
Welcomes New Deputies!

(From left): Deputy C. Chan, Deputy E. Melendez-Pineda, Deputy M. Nguyen, Deputy A. Gutierrez, Deputy A. Garay, Deputy S. Cox, and Deputy A. Cleveland. 

Seven deputies proudly graduated the 181st Basic Academy Class of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff on October 28. The academy consisted of a demanding six months of basic police training, including vehicle operations, firearms, defensive tactics, report writing, chemical agent/gas, and scenarios. The academy challenged the newest members of the Department mentally, physically and emotionally. This academy is known to be the most stressful within the surrounding Bay Area counties, which prides itself on producing peace officers capable of performing at high levels even under stressful conditions. These challenges made the seven stronger and brought them together as a team.

The Academy Class participated in the annual "Cops and Kids" community event and also assisted in raising $5,000 for families of a fallen officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Department's newest deputies look forward to using their academy training throughout their careers and now know the special bond shared between peace officers throughout the state. They would also like to extend thanks to Deputy Hugo Aparicio, who organized extra defensive tactics, firearms, and a ride-along training, which contributed to the success of these recruits. 

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy pinned a badge on Deputy Cox.
Sheriff's Department Holds 
Gender Awareness Training
The Sheriff's Department, in response to concerns from the transgender, gender variant and intersex (TGI) community, has implemented a gender awareness training class for all sworn officers. The course is focused on giving personnel a better understanding of TGI people and their needs.

Transgender flag 
The four-hour course, which is certified by the Board of State and Community Corrections, was under development for the past 18 months. In developing the class, the Sheriff's Department received input and resources from the Human Rights Commission; Theresa Sparks, Mayor Ed Lee's senior advisor on transgender initiatives; representatives from the Transgender Law Center; and San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Officer Broderick Elton, who is also an SFPD instructor. Chief Deputy K. Gorwood, Lt. J. Quanico and Lt. R. Winters took the information provided and developed the curriculum. There will be multiple instructors from the Sheriff's Department teaching the class.

The Sheriff's Department held its first class for sworn officers September 23, 2016, at County Jail 5 in San Bruno, and the course is now being held twice weekly. All sworn officers will attend the training, which delves into topics such as legal and policy requirements, definitions of the LGBTQI community, and treating all with respect.

The training was created to educate Sheriff's Department personnel on gender awareness and how to respect the changing norms of the LGBTQI community. The goals of the training are to facilitate and ensure a discrimination-free environment; and provide for the specific safety, security and medical needs of LGBTQI inmates in a humane manner while maintaining the safety, security and good order of all Sheriff's Department facilities.

Some policies covered in the training include requiring personnel to address individuals with names, titles, pronouns and other terms appropriate to their identity. For instance, if you're unsure about which pronoun to use, respectfully ask the person for clarification. Additionally, personnel must not use derogatory remarks or make assumptions about a person's sexual orientation based on that person's gender expression or identity.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Vicki Hennessy issued a directive - Searches of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) Inmates - that also included training bulletin GNC Community Interaction on the topic of TGI inmates.  

Through COVER, Ron Perez Continues 
To Reach Out to Incarcerated Vets  

Ron Perez, a program coordinator for the Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER), knew early on that his calling in life would be to aid people in need.

Ron Perez 
He started as a case worker in 1975 for the University Year for Action, a special Peace Corps program operated in conjunction with New  College of California. Perez was a student at the college at that time, working on a bachelor's degree in Humanities. As part of the program, staff received $140 a month, lunches and college credits. Perez's job was to assist prisoners with entering drug treatment programs to get their jail sentences reduced. After University Year for Action, he also worked for Community Employment Training Act (CETA) as a temporary employee, then obtained a rehabilitation position with the Sheriff's Department.

"I took the civil service exam for the rehab position, as did Mike Hennessey, who later would serve as Sheriff from 1980 to 2012," he said. "Mike scored 100 percent on the exam. I scored 98 percent, but with my five-point veterans preference, my score rose to 103 percent, ranking me No. 1 on the list and Mike at No. 2. He still razzes me about that!"

Perez worked for the Department until the late 1990s, when he retired. He later started consulting and helped Sunny Schwartz develop COVER in 2010. Schwartz was the program administrator for COVER, and Perez joined on as a coordinator. COVER, which is funded by the Sheriff's Department, teams with the Veterans Administration (VA) and other groups to provide services to incarcerated veterans. They are given access to treatment, housing and medical care and helped with disability claims. Even veterans with "bad papers" - less than honorary discharges - can participate. COVER is based out of County Jail #5 in San Bruno.

"COVER is the reason I came out of retirement," he said. "The military has a creed that says 'No man left behind,' and for me, this creed extends to those who are incarcerated."

Perez is a veteran as well. He was drafted into the Army after he graduated high school. He trained as a medical specialist, was sent to Vietnam and attached to an infantry unit, where he provided care to injured soldiers. He received several awards during his stint in the military, such as the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation with "V" Device (denotes valor), and Combat Medic Badge.

He said that during the Vietnam War era, the VA didn't have programs to help incarcerated veterans, and he's glad that has changed. "When COVER was started, that was during a time that the VA recognized that some veterans get incarcerated and need services," Perez said.

COVER was created to help a growing population of incarcerated veterans. "Unfortunately, some veterans were going to come in contact with the justice system," Perez said. "We didn't want to make the same mistake that had been made with Vietnam vets."

When COVER first started, it had a full pod of 48 veterans - plus a waiting list. Perez said by showing that there was a significant population of veterans in jails, community programs such as COVER were able to push to get Veterans Justice Court established in 2013. The Veterans Justice Court, a partnership among the Sheriff's Department, Veterans AdministrationDistrict Attorney's OfficePublic Defender's OfficeDepartment of Public HealthHuman Services AgencyAdult Probation Department, and the San Francisco Bar Association and its defense counsel, provides specialized support for incarcerated veterans, such as housing, drug treatment and employment.

With the Veterans Justice Court working in tandem with COVER and other programs, the recidivism rate for COVER veterans is at 7 percent. "We strongly encourage our veterans to get in Veterans Court," he said. 

Other jurisdictions have taken notice of COVER's success, as San Diego, Riverside and other counties have replicated the program.

To date, 250 veterans have gone through the program to receive services and resources. There are currently 20 veteran inmates in the program and about 40 in Veterans Justice Court. The COVER pod also houses some non-veteran inmates who are older than 50.

Although the initial focus of COVER was on male veterans, the program also assists women. "We go down to County Jail 2 and do intake, notify case managers that they're veterans, and get them in Veterans Court," he said. There are currently five female veterans in the program.

Perez and COVER also work closely with Swords to Plowshares, which was started at San Francisco State University by veterans as a peer support group in the 1970s. Over the decades, Swords to Plowshares has expanded to doing jail outreach. Swords to Plowshares has continued to grow and is nationally recognized as a premier veterans' association. Swords to Plowshares provides veterans with employment and legal services, and has housing units for them in San Francisco and Treasure Island.

Perez has been connected to Swords to Plowshares since 1975, when the first incarcerated veterans' self-help program was started. From there, he was recruited to join its Board of Directors, and served as Board president for a term. He remained on the board until about 20 years ago, when he married a Swords to Plowshares staff member and resigned to avoid a conflict of interest.

Perez relishes his position with COVER because it has given him the chance to continue his work.  "When I first retired, I felt that we had not fully addressed veterans," he said. "The role was incomplete. I hadn't accomplished everything that I wanted to at that time. With COVER, I've gotten to see Veterans Court established. COVER works. I'm ecstatic to be a part of COVER, to see the impact it has on veterans, and to see veterans reentering society."
Laguna Honda's 
150th Anniversary 

Attendees enjoyed the hospital's anniversary celebration. 

The Sheriff's Department joined Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Norman Yee and 300 members of the community in celebrating Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center's 150th anniversary on October 15.

The celebration included live music, food trucks, hospital tours, visits to the farm on campus and an appearance by the Cal men's basketball team.

The Sheriff's Department has staff stationed at the hospital around the clock, including a sergeant, three senior deputies, eight sworn staff and 13 cadets. In addition to maintaining security, the Sheriff's Department is responsible for taking incident reports on crimes that occur on campus, responding to disturbances by residents, visitors and staff, and enforcing traffic and parking laws. The Sheriff's Department has been managing security at the hospital since 2001, and first assigned staff there in 2002.

Laguna Honda opened in 1866 as an almshouse for the poor. Today, it is a premier 780-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing hospital. San Franciscans passed a bond in 1999 to rebuild Laguna Honda. In 2010, it became the most modern skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in the country. Laguna Honda helps people recover from strokes, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders, brain injuries, neurologic conditions, amputations and other major trauma.

"Laguna Honda has been here through earthquakes, polio epidemics, smallpox and AIDS, always responding to the needs of the community," San Francisco health director Barbara Garcia said.

Laguna Honda is part of the San Francisco Health Network, the health care delivery system operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health that also includes Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, primary care clinics throughout the city, specialty care, mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
The Garden Project Hosts 
Pumpkin Giveaways

Pumpkins grown by the Garden Project.

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy joined Garden Project staff and San Francisco Police Department Captain Parea for the annual pumpkin patch and community day at Garfield Park on October 22. The 1,500 pumpkins were grown by the Garden Project at the farm located at County Jail #5 in San Bruno. Garden Project Earth Stewards, who are local high school and college students, plant the pumpkins in the late spring, and care for them throughout the summer and early fall.

In other Garden Project events, Captain K. Paulson greeted a visiting school group with pumpkins on October 24. Additionally, in early October, Captain J. Ramirez arranged for Religious Services to distribute pumpkins to families visiting County Jail #5. Since 1999, the Garden Project, the Sheriff's Department and the San Francisco Police Department have worked together to distribute pumpkins to public school children, nonprofits and at community events. Cathrine Sneed founded the Garden Project in 1992.
Welcome, New Cadets!

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy (right) led the swearing-in of the latest class of cadets and one counselor on October 28 in San Francisco. Front row (from left): Cadet G. Nagy, Cadet M. Hicks, Cadet A. Villalobos and Cadet D. Williams. Second row (from left): Counselor Dulay, Cadet H. Antoine, Cadet E. Rocha and Cadet J. Tijerino. Back row (from left): Cadet A. Escobar and Cadet R. Prado.

Sheriff's Department Team Competes 
In Fleet Week Softball Tournament

Sheriff's Department softball team. 

The Sheriff's Department softball team enjoyed a day of fun in the sun at the Seventh Annual Fleet Week Softball Tournament on October 6 at Moscone Park in San Francisco. Despite a seven-run rally by the Sheriff's Department in the bottom of the seventh inning, the team lost a close battle, 12-10, to the Olympic Club in the winner's bracket.

Sheriff's Department batter took a swing.
The Sheriff's Department, which competed in the tournament previously, advanced to the winner's bracket without having to play a round-robin game. The Olympic Club and the Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club edged out the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps in early play. The Olympic Club played East Bay champion U.S. Coast Guard for the championship.
During the games, the Blue Angels could be seen practicing their aerobatics over the city.

Scoma's restaurant catered the lunch and the owner, Cheryl Scoma, threw out the first pitch to start the tournament. The Academy of Art University's women's softball team also played a one-inning exhibition game. The highlight of the morning was watching military men and women attempting to hit the fast pitches thrown by the California Academy of Art Institute's pitchers. A good time was had by all sworn staff, military, civilians, family and friends.

The Sheriff's Department team consisted of Senior Deputy D. Daguman, Deputy J. Chu, Deputy M. Vigil, Deputy J. Irving, Deputy J. Mooney, Deputy C. Fung, Deputy C. Smith, Lt. C. Krol, Deputy L. Chiu and Deputy E. Mixco. Thanks to all the participants and Senior Deputy Conway for organizing the team, and to the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department for allowing the Sheriff's Department to practice before the tournament.
Dog Handling Skills Wow the Crowd at 
'K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park' Event 

Sr. Deputy S. O'Neill with his K-9, Brixx.

A large crowd watched in amazement as participants demonstrated their dog handling skills at "K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park" on October 8 at Duboce Park in San Francisco. Senior Deputy S. O'Neill and his German Shepherd, Brixx, represented the San Francisco Sheriff's Department at the event.

Bark at the Park was hosted by the Department of Emergency Management and was held in conjunction with Fleet Week. At the event, law enforcement and animal service organizations put on demonstrations with dogs. The event grew out of the Department of Emergency Management handing out packets to the public detailing how to care for your dogs during an emergency, such as an earthquake. That evolved into an event that showcased dog handling skills.

The dogs are trained in search and rescue, detection and general assistance. Sr. Deputy O'Neill presented an explosives detection demonstration with Brixx while the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol brought a beagle that did an agricultural search demonstration, and the San Francisco Police Department performed obedience with its dog. In addition to the demonstration, Sr. Deputy O'Neill also took questions from the audience to explain what the dogs were doing. He said he looks forward to this event every year.

"I enjoy it," Sr. Deputy O'Neill said. "I like seeing other agencies come out and show what they do. I also like showing the public what the San Francisco Sheriff's Department can do."

This was the Sheriff's Department's fourth year participating in the event. In addition to the Sheriff's Department, there were 10 agencies and organizations, including the Marine Corps, California Highway Patrol, Canine Companions for Independence, and Paws for Purple Hearts, joining in the fun.

Master of Ceremonies Donna Sachet emceed the event, to the delight of the crowd.

The Sheriff's Department has two canine handlers. Each handler has one explosive detection K-9 and one narcotics detection K-9.   
Special Response Team Participates in 
Urban Shield Training Exercises

Sheriff's Department SRT team members (from left): Deputy D. Basconcillo, Deputy K. Ng, Sgt. E. Luquin, Sgt. J. Kuhns, Deputy N. Naranjo, Deputy M. Gonzales, Deputy B. Mercado and Deputy J. Gomez.

The San Francisco Sheriff's Department Special Response Team (SRT) participated in the Urban Shield regional training exercises September 9-12 at several Bay Area sites. Urban Shield, hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, is a unique event that gives participating tactical teams a practical opportunity to evaluate their level of emergency preparedness and ability to perform during a 48-hour continuous operational period.

The Sheriff's Department has participated in the Urban Shield exercises since its inception in 2007.

Participants responded to simulated active shooter in a government building.
This year, SRT members participated as a tactical team, and the Emergency Services Unit operated two sites with different tactical scenarios at the Civic Center Courthouse and the Public Utilities Commission building. During the training exercise, the team participated in 34 individual events ranging from search warrant service to active shooter/immediate action scenarios. Teams were transported to the scenario sites located in five area commands throughout the Bay Area. The SRT was confronted with simulated IED/explosives, terrorist attacks, mall shootings, barricaded subjects, hostage rescue, waterborne interdiction and dignitary protection, designed to test its capabilities and decision-making. The team was debriefed after each scenario with immediate feedback from tactical evaluators from federal, state and local agencies.

Thirty-six teams from throughout California, and as far away as
Las Vegas and Mexico, competed in the exercises. The SRT scored 1026 points at the event. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department scored the most points with 1112.

Our participation has proven invaluable, leading to challenging experiences for the team and an increase in our operational capabilities. 
Reentry Resources Fair Attendees
Gain Life Skills 

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy (front row, center) with providers at the Reentry Resources Fair. 

The second annual Reentry Resources Fair took place August 8 at County Jail #2 in San Francisco. About 150 inmates attended the event. The fair, which was presented through a partnership between the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, Five Keys Charter School and an array of community-based organizations, is designed to help inmates adjust to life after they are released.

A participant received information on services at the event. 
For this special event, the Education Corridor at County Jail #2 was converted into an expo center with 45 community service providers in attendance. These services included a wide range of prerelease planning needs, such as Social Security, MediCal, second chance banking opportunities, transitional employment, substance abuse treatment program, housing, and educational programs.  In addition, the event included more than a dozen community-based organizations specifically focusing on the transgender community.

The purpose of the event was to give inmates exposure to available resources that they can access after release; to offer participants an opportunity to hone their interactive skills; and to help them understand the importance of a support system/network once released.

From the participant satisfaction surveys submitted by community representatives and in-custody participants, many responded that the connections and links created at this event were invaluable tools for the women and men to employ while making a successful transition from incarceration back to their families and communities.  
Kudos for Good Work!

The Sheriff's Department strives to provide exemplary service to the communities we serve. We'd like to recognize these deputies for jobs well done.

Deputy G. Edwards and Deputy C. Gatson
Deputies G. Edwards and C. Gatson received a call for a mental health transport from the Westside Clinic on August 17 at 2:15 p.m. The on-duty psychiatrist said the subject was a danger to himself and was to be placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. The deputies were attentive and compassionate in handling the subject. An LVN from the clinic wrote an email to the Sheriff's Department thanking the deputies for their response, saying "It's good to know that we can call on your department and have any potentially volatile situation managed in a professional and courteous way. It is equally important to know that we can expect our patients to be treated with dignity and kindness, especially when they are at their worst."

Deputy D. Perez and Deputy C. Yambao
Deputies D. Perez and C. Yambao assisted in thwarting a possible child kidnapping attempt. The deputies responded to a call on September 21, shortly after noon regarding a possible kidnapping in progress at Fell and Gough Streets. Once on the scene, they saw San Francisco Police Department officers attempting to talk to the suspect, who had a young child in tow. The suspect suddenly took off running without the child. Several police officers remained with the child. The deputies first followed the suspect by car, then chased him on foot. Deputy Perez caught up with the suspect in a grassy park near Octavia and Linden Streets, and helped the San Francisco Police Department officers detain the suspect.

Deputy T. Tek
Deputies are responsible for keeping all people safe. Sometimes it means preventing a suicide. Other times it is appropriately classifying and housing a prisoner to keep him or her from harm. On October 26, Deputy T. Tek recognized that an inmate he was transporting was in distress and rapidly deteriorating. His quick actions in escorting her to 2 South Medical, the nearest medical facility, helped save her. Medical staff stabilized the inmate after several minutes and she was able to breathe normally.

Lt. R. Winters
Lt. R. Winters saved the life of a man who fell unconscious during a flight. Lt. Winters was traveling to Phoenix for the Special Olympics Conference when the man seated in front of him passed out. The man was cold, pale and nonresponsive, and Lt. Winters was unable to detect a heartbeat. Another passenger helped Lt. Winters lay the man on the floor, then Lt. Winters used an automatic external defibrillator on the man and began CPR. A nurse who was on board the plane and the other passenger both performed rescue breathing on the man while Lt. Winters compressed his chest. The man then regained consciousness and was responsive.
Marin Day School's Class Learns 
About Community Service, Safety  

Deputy N. Khalil (left) and Deputy V. Zambrana handed out bags of goodies to the children. 

The Marin Day School's Seagull Class visited the City Hall Security Unit in San Francisco on September 12 to learn about community service and public safety. Sr. Deputy J. Leonardini, Deputy T. Lee, Deputy V. Zambrana, Cadet T. Thomas and Cadet M. Travis hosted the visit.

The class of 3 year olds toured the Control Room to view operations, and took turns using metal detector wands for searches. The students were also given coloring books and other assorted goodies.
Victim Impact Panels Hosted
The San Francisco Sheriff's Department, in collaboration with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), hosted a Victim Impact Panel on September 25. The event is part of a six-month pilot program, which will hold these panels from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every second Saturday and fourth Sunday at the Sheriff's Department Community Programs building at 70 Oak Grove, San Francisco.

 The panels consist of victims, survivors and 
offenders of drunk driving. During these presentations, speakers tell their stories, which are not designed to condemn or shame, but to provide firsthand testimony of the trauma that can be suffered as a result of drunk driving.

Fourteen Sheriff Work Alternative Program (SWAP) and Electronic Monitoring (EM) participants attended the September 25 panel. The panel presented a PowerPoint presentation that covered topics such as basic driving under the influence laws; misdemeanor versus felony driving under the influence; detection of impaired drivers; and commonly used drugs. Two speakers also gave powerful and touching lectures about how drunk driving has affected their lives. One speaker was a driver who killed two people while intoxicated. The second speaker's father was killed by a drunk driver.

SWAP participants assigned to work on the days of the panels are required to attend. One EM participant, who was involved in a DUI that resulted in a death, also was selected to attend the class.

As shown by the feedback from the September 25 event, the panel made a strong impression on the participants. Thirteen of 14 attendees stated that the presentations had a positive impact on them. Twelve also said they will change their behavior regarding drinking and driving. Additionally, 10 said they will share what they learned from the presentation with others.   
The Sheriff's Department is looking forward to continuing this collaboration with MADD.
Articles About Children of 
Incarcerated Parents 

San Francisco Chronicle published two stories on the important issue of children of incarcerated parents. 

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