Northern Station Newsletter
Captain Greg McEachern
August 14, 2013 #18-13
We are winding down on our event season and gearing up for the return to school for our students. As we near the return to school for our students I ask that you be particularly aware of the children as they walk through our district and across intersections heading for school. Please slow down in school zones, be aware of areas frequented by students, and in particular please be cognizant of the rights of pedestrians as they traverse our streets. We have been successful in decreasing accidents in the district so far this year and I believe its part in part by your awareness, our education, and at times, our enforcement efforts in areas that have traditionally been plagued by frequent accidents. As school begins, officers will have an increased presence in and around the schools looking for violators and having a generally increased visible presence for the safety of the children and residents in the area.
Speaking of school, Northern Station officers and nearly forty police recruits currently in the Police Academy participated in the recent back pack give away at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. On Saturday August 10th , our officers, along with a number of officers in training at the Academy, helped pass out more than two-thousand backpacks to local children in the community. The give-away allowed for many less fortunate children to have not only a backpack but school supplies necessary for their success as school begins. This program, sponsored by Mo Magic has grown significantly and allowed not only needy supplies for students but an opportunity for the children of our district to interact with officers, and officers to be, in a positive and productive environment. A special thanks goes to Sheryl Davis, the coordinator of Mo Magic and the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center as she worked tirelessly not only in this event but events throughout the year for our children. I’m happy that our officers can participate in these types of events and I’m particularly pleased that we are integrating our newest officer in training, so as to instill in them the responsibility we have to our youth and the opportunity for them to start their careers on a path of success for community engagement and outreach. Although there is a section of our newsletter that provides recent information on crime in the district I don’t often write about particular incidents, arrests, or our officers in my comment section. However, for this article I though it appropriate to write about some recent incidents plaguing the Northern District and the officers that addressed the issue.
Over the past month or so there has been a rash of auto burglaries in and around the Palace of Fine Arts. At its height, we had in excess of fifteen auto break-ins over a three week period within just a few blocks of the venue. I even received emails from concerned neighbors who saw broken glass or suspicious activity and inquired what we were doing about it. As a response, I tasked my under cover unit (a group of seven officers who work under cover in plain clothes) to review the incidents and come up with a plan of action to curb the up-tick in break-ins and apprehend the suspects responsible. Led by the supervisor of the unit the team saturated the area, conducted surveillance over an extended period, gathered critical information, and ultimately made an arrest of two individuals responsible for many of the auto break-ins. After making the arrest of the individuals the officers determined the vehicle they were utilizing in the crime was stolen and within the vehicle was property belonging to and recovered for victims of many of the thefts. While we are very happy to have made the arrests we are not resting on our laurels and believe that other suspects continue to operate in the area and throughout the Northern District for which we will continue to pursue. However, I thought it was appropriate to notify you about the recent issue and provide you with information on the hard working personnel of Northern Station actively engaged in apprehending criminals to make our streets safer. In the future, should you have information on suspicious activity or crimes you believe we should know about please let me know so we can be aware of the activity and formulate plans to address your concerns.
I’m pleased to see that crime in the district and city wide has been decreasing over the past few months. Compared to a few months ago we have seen a significant drop in property crimes including an 11% decrease in auto-break-ins and a 12% decrease in property crimes overall over the past month. Although we are still up in Property Crime this year as compared to the same time last year, our property crimes have decreased from up almost 44% to now up about 24%, a 20% decrease. Here are the City Wide Crime statistics and the statistics for Northern Station thru July 2013 as compared to the same time last year.
Crime City Wide
Violent Crime +12%
Property Crime +11%
Violent Crime +8%
Property Crime +24%
NOTES OF INTEREST FOR AUGUST 2013
The Line-Up is a crime prevention tool that allows the public to get involved through social media. The goal is to get the public involved in solving cold case files by watching and identifying video surveillance of suspects committing crimes. Contact information will be listed on the site and the public can be anonymous if they choose. The San Francisco Police Department will be releasing one video per week of suspect(s) involved in a criminal act.
Remember, you have the power to make a difference in our community. Be a crime fighter and help us in identifying these criminals. The weekly videos can be accessed at the sf-police.org website and by clicking on the “line-up” icon at the bottom of the first page.
San Francisco Police Foundation
The SFPD is involved in many types of community events, and actively participates in a variety of philanthropies. Groups are always asking the department for donations of money or to provide some level of involvement in their activities. We recently started the San Francisco Police Foundation to help with the funding of many of these requests. If you would like to donate to the Department’s philanthropic endeavors please make checks payable to the SF Police Foundation: Checks can be mailed directly to the following address: San Francisco Police Foundation, C/O Markun, Zusman, & Compton LLP. 465 California Street, SF, CA, 94104. With your help, the Foundation can, and will, make a difference for our City and in the lives of everyone touched by its police officers.
The Northern Station Police Community Relations Forum is held the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be held Thursday September 12, 2013 at 6 pm at Northern
Station’s Community Room.
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(crime prevention with focus on car break-ins)
(crime prevention tips with a focus on street robberies)
(crime prevention tips with a focus on identity theft)
(more on identity theft)
**The officers of Northern Station work hard each and every day to keep the streets safe for everyone. They are making some excellent arrests. Here is a here is a small snapshot of what they are doing. I encourage you to log on to the SFPD website and under ‘compstat’ you will find a link to ‘crime maps’ that will provide very timely crime information and a greater accounting.
Battery Arrest, 7/17/13 10:00 Pm 600 Block of Eddy St.
Parole Violation, Methamphetamine Offense, Heroin Offense, Warrant Arrest, 7/17/13 12:14 Am Fern/Van Ness Officers on patrol in the above area were driving down Fern alley when they saw two males holding some type of tools in their hands and ducking down behind the rear of a vehicle. One of the officers recognized one of the men as being on active parole. The subject told the officers that he had recently bought the car and had the proper paperwork to prove it. A computer check of the info and the subject’s name revealed several warrants for his arrest. The other subject (parolee) informed the officers that he had a search condition. The officers search the male (per confirmed search condition), and found heroin and methamphetamine on him. The drugs were field tested; positive. The two men were transported to Northern Station where they were booked. The narcotics were packaged and booked into custody.
Trespassing, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, Warrant Arrest, 7/18/13 8:40 Am 2110 Blk of Lombard St. Officers responded to the above area regarding a subject sleeping in their enclosed private garage area. Officers followed the caller down to the garage and they were directed to the subject. The caller told the officers that she wants the subject cited for trespassing as he continually enters the garage unlawfully. She said that he has been asked not to come back many, many times. She asked the subject to leave today, he refused. The caller requested to sign a citizen’s on the subject for trespassing. Officers searched the subject and discovered a crack pipe. They ran a warrants check on him and found numerous outstanding warrants for his arrest. He wasbooked at Northern Station.
Methamphetamine, Warrant Arrest, 7/18/13 12:48 Am Laguna/McAllister Theft from Building, Possession of Stolen Property, Warrant Arrest 7/18/13 3:45 Pm 3000 Blk of Fillmore St. Officers responded to the above area regarding a theft. The victim told the officers that a subject came into the store behind some patrons and stole her Iphone from the front counter area. The subject ran out the front door. The victim called 911 and gave a description of the male and direction of travel. The officers tracked the subject to a nearby business where he decided to have lunch. The officers detained the male, recovered the stolen phone and the victim identified the subject. He was booked at Northern Station.
Warrant Arrest, 7/19/13 1:42 Pm Myrtle/Polk
Methamphetamine Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance Arrest, 7/19/3:19 Pm Van Ness/Fell
Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, under the influence of Drugs in Public, Warrant Arrest, 7/19/13 4:34 Pm 600 Blk of Eddy St.
Trespassing Arrest, 7/20/13 12:59 Pm 1500 Blk of Van Ness
Traffic Violation, Disturbing the Peace/Fighting, Resisting Delaying Obstructing Peace Officer in their Duties Arrest, 7/20/13 3:48Pm Gough/Fulton
Methamphetamine Offense, Warrant Arrest, 7/21/13 2:43 Pm Austin/Van Ness
Theft from Person, Possession of Stolen Property Arrest, 7/21/13 6:10 Pm Larkin/Turk
Street Robbery Arrest, 7/23/13 7:34 Am Van Ness/Bush Officers responded to the above area regarding a female victim who had just had her phone stolen from her hand. The subject gotonto a bicycle and rode out of the area. The victim gave a clothing description and direction of travel. The victim and police used the GPS tracking system on the phone and quickly had the correct subject detained. The victim positively identified the subject and he was booked at Northern Station.
Restraining Order Violation, Warrant Arrest, 7/23/13 11:57 Am Gough/Geary
Petty Theft, W/ Prior Conviction, Warrant Arrest, 7/23/13 3:14 Pm California/Franklin
Aggravated Assault, Street Robbery Arrest W/ Force, 7/23/13 8:40 Pm Van Ness/Ellis Officers responded to a call for service regarding a fight with weapons in progress. The caller said that the subject hit someone with a bag that had something heavy inside of it. Passersby had the subject and were trying to hold him for the police. Officers arrived on scene and quickly handcuffed the male who appeared to be under the influence of some substance. A witness handed the officers a “Crown Royal” bag which had nails and other hard metal objects inside. She stated that the subject used it to strike the victim one time in the head. Officers spoke with the victim who told them the following. The victim said that he was walking down the street and took a picture of the front of a building. He said that all of a sudden the subject came after him yelling obscenities and saying that he just took and illegal picture. The subject continued to yell and said, “We need to rid the world of people like you”. The victim tried to get away and gain distance from the subject. The subject closed in on him and a fist fight ensued. The subject continually came after the victim. The subject took the victim’s cell phone, but he was able to get it back. The subject hit the victim at least one time in the head with a bag that had hard objects inside. The subject was booked on the above charges at Northern Station.
Trespassing, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia Arrest, 7/23/13 10:20 Pm 1300 Blk of Sutter St.
Vehicle Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Probation Violation Arrest, 7/24/13 7:34 Pm Geary/Webster Dispatch sent officers to the above area on a report of an auto burglary in progress. As the officers arrived they spotted a male that matched the subject description. The officers attempted to detain the male and he took off running. The officers yelled “Stop Police”. It should be noted that the officers were in full uniform. The subject was able to temporarily lose the officers. They were able to find and detain him a short time later. The officers spoke with the witness to the crime. The caller said that he watched as the subject peered into parked vehicles. The subject stopped in front of one car and peered in. Then he punched the window with his right hand and reached into the car. He took a bag from the car as police arrived. The subject then ran. The witness was able to positively identify the subject as the auto burglar. Officers ran a computer check on the male and discovered that he is currently on probation for auto burglary. He was booked at Northern Station.
Chain Store Robbery, Store Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Burglary Tools, Petty Theft W/ A Prior Conviction,
Warrant Arrest, 7/26/13 12:03 Pm 1700 Van Ness
Warrant Arrest, 7/26/13 3:10 Pm Larkin/Ellis
Burglary Building under Construction Forcible Entry Arrest, 7/28/13 1:50 Am 1500 Blk of Pacific Officers received a call for service of a Burglary in progress. Officers spoke with the caller (responsible person for the building). The caller said that he looked into the window and saw a flashlight partially illuminating the interior. The caller knows that the building is under construction and no one should be inside. The caller continued to watch the building. He saw a subject exit through a broken side window. The subject was carrying a large garbage bag and walked away from the building. The caller watched the male subject and gave a description of him to officers. The officers were able to detain the subject and discovered several power tools and construction materials in his possession. The caller identified the subject. The subject was detained and read his Mirada rights. He said that he wanted to answer the officer’s question. He told the officer that he had just woken up and the tools were at his feet, he doesn’t know where they came from. The officers transported the subject to Northern Station for booking.
Building Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Petty Theft W/ a Prior Conviction, 7/28/13 7:30 Am Buchannan/Clay
Street Robbery, Conspiracy, Probation Violation Arrest, 7/28/13 7:30 Am Van Ness/Olive
Warrant Arrest, 7/28/13 12:33 Pm Buchannan/O’Farrell
Theft Other Property, Possession of Stolen Property, Restraining Order Violation, 7/28/13 2:10 Pm Octavia/Hayes
Warrant Arrest, Under the Influence of Alcohol in Public Arrest, 7/28/13 7:49 Pm Sacramento/Polk
Theft from Locked Vehicle Arrest, 7/28/13 8:07 Pm Turk/Gough
Aggravated Assault W/ Knife, 7/29/13 2:36 Am, Eddy/Larkin
Warrant Arrest, 7/29/13 2:15 Pm Myrtle Alley
Shoplifting $50-$200 Arrest, 7/29/13 2:16 Pm Unit Blk of Marina Blvd.
Petty Theft W/ a Prior Conviction, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, Warrant Arrest, 7/29/13 2:53 Pm Unit Block of Marina
Theft from Person, 7/29/13 3:40 Pm 3:40 Pm Church/Duboce
Street Robbery W/ Knife, Conspiracy, 7/29/13 5:14 Pm Van Ness/Ellis
Aggravated Assault, Terrorist Threats, Conspiracy, Battery W/ a Serious Injury, Burglary Arrest, 7/29/13 6:10 Pm. Sutter/Polk Officers responded to the above area regarding a physical fight in progress. The officers arrived on scene and discovered a male who appeared to have been beaten about the face and head. The victim told officers that he had parked his van in the area. For some reason a group of young adults were talking outside of his van. One of the subjects leaned on the van then kicked the van for no apparent reason. The victim got out of his car and asked the subject why he kicked his van. The subject told the victim to get back in his van and get out of the area. The victim told the subject that he was working in the area and tried to leave and go back to his work. The victim noticed that the subject was following him. The victim was spit on by the subject, it landed on the back of the victim’s neck. The victim turned around and was immediately punched in the face. As the subjects fought and wrestled on the ground the victim was kicked in the back by another unknown subject. The victim complained of back pain. The subjects then fled the area. Assisting officers were able to locate the subject that started the fight. The victim identified him. The subject was booked at Northern police Station.
Battery W/ Serious Injuries Arrest, 7/29/13 9:43 Pm 2200 Blk of Jackson St.
Street Robbery W/ Force, Possession of Stolen Property, Probation Violation Arrest, 7/29/13 10:58 Pm Fillmore/Haight
Warrant Arrest, 7/30/13 10:46 Am Steiner/Waller
Cocaine Base Rock Arrest, 7/30/13 1:40 Pm Larkin/O’Farrell
Warrant Arrest, 7/30/13 5:05 Pm Golden Gate/Van Ness Theft From Locked Vehicle, Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Delaying Obstructing Peace Officer in their Duties,
Probation Violation, 7/30/13 6:41 Pm Webster/McAllister Northern Station personnel working in co operation with the Northern Station S.I.T. team viewed video footage of an auto burglary. The officers were able to positively identify the subject and they knew his usual “hangouts”. The uniformed officers on patrol saw the subject. They stopped their patrol car and got out. The attempted to talk to the subject, who immediately ran from them. The officers were able to take the subject into custody after a short foot pursuit. The arresting officers found items on the subject commonly used to break auto glass in his pockets. The subject was booked at Northern Station.
Probation Violation, Apartment Burglary Arrest, 7/30/13 8:31 Pm Page/Buchannan
Methamphetamine Offense, Resisting Delaying Obstructing Peace Officer in their Duties, Warrant Arrest, 7/31/13 1:42 Pm
Theft from Person Arrest, 8/1/13 5:45 Pm Van Ness/Turk Officers responded to an “unknown” call for service. Upon their arrival, they were notified that there was a male chasing another in the area. The male following the subject was yelling for people in the area to attempt to stop the subject, yelling “He stole my phone”! Dispatch again updated the officers stating that Tenderloin Station personnel had the subject detained. The victim told officers that he was on the bus using his phone when it stopped at Van Ness and Turk. Suddenly the subject grabbed the phone from the victims hand and got off the rear exit to the bus. The victim chased the subject until he was detained by Police. The victim was certain the subject was the same person that stole his phone. The phone was not located. Officers were able to pull the video from the bus. The subject was booked at Northern Station.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday (on-going): 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. there is a farmer’s market on O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner.
Last Tuesday of each month (on-going):
Second Chance Legal Clinic. 6pm, 1290 Fillmore Street. Questions, call 415-
814-7610. Bring a recent RAP sheet.
ALERT (Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team):
The SFPD version of NERT. For more information call 415-832-
8419, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Training) Training:
To find out the most current class dates and locations or to enroll call 970-2024 or go to: www.sf-fire.org.
San Francisco Police Activities League (PAL)
SF PAL is accepting applications now for its 2013-2014 Summer Academy & Internship. Want to learn more check out:
If you would like your Community Meeting agenda listed in our Newsletter, please send the information to my email
address. If you want it posted for the same week you must email me by Wednesday for the Thursday newsletter.
Additionally you can email any questions, comments, and crime concerns that are occurring in your community. If you
would like to reserve the Community Room at Northern Station please contact Linda at 415-614-3402.
Domestic Violence Information
The San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) is a centralized police investigative unit located at the Hall of Justice- 850 Bryant Street, Room # 500. A staff of inspectors at the SVU reviews 350 to 400 incident reports of domestic violence each month.
The SVU investigates all felony arrest cases involving abuse committed against any person, who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, in a current or former dating relationship, in a current or former engagement, or have a child in common. This includes boyfriend/girlfriend and same sex relationships. The SVU also investigates elder abuse cases (neglect and physical) and stalking cases. All non-arrest reports are also reviewed by the SVU. The SVU Inspectors telephone every victim in an attempt to advise her/him about follow-up procedures and referrals. A message is left if voice mail is available. It is important to note that attempts are made to contact all victims in every domestic violence, elder abuse and/or stalking case. Likewise, no SFPD domestic violence report is “just filed”. All reports are reviewed; computer checks on alleged suspects for parole/probation violations are completed; victim notifications are conducted and the results of all of the work are logged. The SVU works closely with Victim Services, Adult Protective Services, and Safe Start l. If you are a victim or know someone who is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the SFPD’s Special Victims Unit at 415.553.9227. In an emergency, dial 911. Please be safe and remember that reporting domestic violence doesn’t just assist the victim but the victim’s family as well.
SFPD Recruitment Information
SF Police Activities League
Is an organization that runs programs for youth to include: the Junior Giants, Seahawks
football and cheer, police cadet training, basketball teams, boxing training, soccer teams, etc. Chances are that if you grew up in San Francisco at some point you played a sport for a PAL team. Right now they are going through serious funding issues and are actively seeking donations. Visit their WEB site today to find out more and donate if you can at
Hayes Valley News LetterAs a police department we cannot fight crime without the help and cooperation of others, I am fortunate to work with many great, proactive community groups and this one (Hayes Valley
Neighborhood Association) worked hard in the creation of a one page resource for small businesses to help in their crime fighting/prevention efforts. Just click on “Hayes Valley News Letter” below to get to the sheet.
Are you a resident of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood, and do you want to receive their monthly newsletter? Send your contact information/email to email@example.com.
SF SAFE: Watch streets become communities, and neighbors become friends. Watch crime go down, as security goes up. Watch police become partners as you join with them in making your neighborhood a better place to live. Start a Neighborhood Watch on your block and see all these things happen and more! SF Safe (Safety Awareness for Everyone) will give you the knowledge and tools to create a stronger, more cohesive and resilient community, and teach you how to be prepared and empowered at work, on the streets or sidewalks, and in your home.
Anonymous Tip Line: 575-4444
Customer Service Center: 311
Captain Greg McEachern 614-3400
Special Events Sergeant
Sgt. Mark Moreno 614-3404
Lt. Toney Chaplin (Days) 614-3411
Lt. Jennifer Jackson 614-3411
Lt. Kevin McNaughton 614-3411
Lt. Brian Delahunty (Nights) 614-3411
Lt. Sergio Chin 614-3423
Station Investigations Team
Anonymous Tip-Line 614-3451
Officer Lynn Pomatto 614-3421
Permits/ Code Enforcement
Officer Dave Frias 614-3405
Officer Kim La Salle
614-3400 Officer Chris Schaefer
Text-a-Tip Set Up Instructions
Non-Blackberry Cellular Telephones:
Dial 847411- then SAVE this to your phone contacts as a mobile number. Name this new contact TIP411. Now the number is ready to be used to send text messages. When sending a message, type SFPD then leave a space. Type your Message and Send. You will receive a reply message in seconds.
Blackberry telephones: Similar to above. First you need to add TIP411 to your mobile contact list. Select TIP411 enter.
The cursor will be in blue on the #8 (847411). Click the ball and select SMS TEXT TIP411. Type your message starting with SFPD (space) … then send. You will receive a response within seconds.
Megan’s Law Website Access: The general public can find out information on sexual predators on line by going to the DOJ website:
or at the SFPD link at www.sfgov.org/police. You may check specific names or zip codes to locate those listed in the database.
How would you survive for 72 hours? In a major disaster it may be 3 days until vital services are restored. Visit:
for more information.
has on-going NERT (Neighborhood Response Team Training) training for 2013, to find a date that works for you go
EARTHQUAKE SAFETY TIPS
During the Earthquake:
If you are indoors, stay there. Quickly move to a safe location in the room such as under a strong desk, a strong table, or along an interior wall. The goal is to protect you from falling objects and be located near the structural strong points of the room. Avoid taking cover near windows, large mirrors, hanging objects, heavy furniture, heavy appliances or fireplaces.
If you are cooking, turn off the stove and take cover.
If you are outdoors, move to an open area where falling objects are unlikely to strike you. Move away from buildings, power lines and trees.
If you are driving, slow down smoothly and stop on the side of the road. Avoid stopping on or under bridges and overpasses, or under power lines, trees and large signs. Stay in your car.
After the Earthquake:
Check for injuries if needed, help ensure the safety of people around you.
Check for damage. If your building is badly damaged you should leave it until it has been inspected by a safety professional.
If you smell or hear a gas leak, get everyone outside and open windows and doors. If you can do it safely, turn off the gas at the meter. Report the leak to the Gas Company and Fire Department. Do not use any electrical appliances because a tiny spark could ignite the gas.
If the power is out, unplug major appliances to prevent possible damage when the power is turned back on. If you see sparks, frayed wires, or smell hot insulation turn off electricity at the main fuse box or breaker. If you will have to step in water to turn off the electricity you should call a professional to turn it off for you.
311 Customer Service Center:
What is 311? 311 is a toll free, NON-EMERGENCY phone number that the public can call to access information about government services. A live customer service representative will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. The service is available to both wired and wireless customers. Wireless customers should call (415) 701-2311. 311 employees will be able to provide translations services in more than 145 languages and dialects and will employ a diverse staff of customer service representatives. Once your complaint is logged you will be given a tracking number to follow up on at a later date. Additionally, 311 are set up to accept calls from the hearing impaired by utilizing a
TTY System. Note: 3-1-1 now has a victim’s services website:
http://sfvictimservices.org for more information. How does 911 work on cell phones in San Francisco?
If you are on surface streets in San Francisco and dial 911, your call will be answered by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. Once the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management determines what emergency services are needed, they will then process your call. If you are on a freeway in San Francisco and dial 911, your call will be answered by either by the San Francisco
Department of Emergency Management Services or the California Highway Patrol Dispatch Center. Regardless, your 911 call will be routed to the proper emergency agency, the San Francisco Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, or the San Francisco Fire Department, including ambulance service.
Public Service Information:
Be advised….Parking meters will be enforced on all holidays and both weekend days, EXCEPT Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.
The Northern District covers 5 different supervisory districts, as follows: District 2, Mark Farrell; District 3, David Chiu;
District 5, London Breed; District 6, Jane Kim; and, District 8, Scott Wiener. Each supervisor has their own WEB site; most include a newsletter that I have found to be full of helpful and interesting information. Included are job information, event(s) information, legislation information, etc. I would advise you, if you are interested, to check their sites out.
Captain Greg McEachern #1124
San Francisco Police Department