CCOP Safety Presentation

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Here is the text of the information delivered by Castro Patrol at the city-wide LGBT Safety Seminar held on November 28. Take a few minutes to review these points to better prepare yourself for possible hate attacks in the next few months.

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A Time for Awareness

4950_juicedrop_l_rgb_2After the 2016 presidential election, there is a heightened chance that people will feel emboldened to attack LGBT and other minority communities verbally and possibly physically. We must not become paranoid, but should have a heightened awareness about our personal safety and the safety of the community.

Here are a few things we ask of you:
1. Enter these 2 numbers in your phone’s address book and then set them to “Favorites”: 911 for “crime in progress” and 415-553-0123 for non-emergencies. [NOTE: Add 911 because it will be much faster to hit the entry than trying to dial 911 manually.]
2. Report every crime, using 911 for any crime in progress (suspects still in area) and non-emergency (suspects unknown or left the scene). The police need accurate data to manage resources.
3. Get the license number on vehicles and accurate descriptions of suspects.
4. Press charges or be willing testify as a witness if a suspect is detained.
5. Put a safety whistle on your key chain and carry it with you at all times [they are also essential for earthquake safety if trapped in rubble].
6. If you hear someone blowing a whistle, investigate from a safe distance and call 911 if appropriate. [The community had trained itself to do this as a reflex in the 1970’s but has become affected by the “I don’t want to get involved” syndrome in the mean time.]
7. Avoid walking alone at night. Try to travel with friends or stay with the crowd.
8. Find a basic self-defense class or join a martial arts group so you can better defend yourself or others.
9. Join or at least support Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP). You are actually safer when on patrol with a trained, highly visible and well-known group than walking alone. We need a much larger visible presence.
10. Stay informed about threats or attacks via reliable media sources (Hoodline, Bay Area Reporter, Bay Times, network TV, etc.) and avoid the click-bait, conspiracy theory, and 3rd-hand “reports” as many of these are highly embellished or at times made up and tend to frighten more than inform.
11. Form closer bonds with others through your social network, volunteer organizations, communities of faith, etc. so you are part of a larger network who can either help you physically during an attack or emotionally if fear becomes overwhelming.
12. Take care of yourself, take care of your friends, and take care of your community.

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CCOP 10th Anniversary Celebration

Castro Community On Patrol was born in the latter half of 2006 during a community meeting at Joe’s Barber Shop located at the time on 19th Street between Castro Street and Collingwood Street.  Following the meeting, a Board of about 25 individuals was created and the structure for Castro Community On Patrol was put in place.

 

 

CCOP held its very first “official” new volunteer training class on November 11, 2006 and certified twenty-three (23) new Patrol Volunteers, however a select group of Board members including Pam Matsuda of SAFE, Sgt. Chuck Limbert of the SFPD, Carlton Paul the Chair of the Board, Scott Wiener and a number of other Board members participated in a review of the training content and certification event in October of 2006. As a result, CCOP has variously selected October or November for our official Anniversary month.

 

2016 represents our official 10th Anniversary and we celebrated this important milestone at Illy Caffé in the Castro on Tuesday October 4th, 2016.

 

Check out our Facebook page to view pictures and video of the event at : https://www.facebook.com/CastroPatrol/

 

We received a certificate from the California State Senate through Senator Mark Leno to mark our 10th Anniversary, and we presented a number of certificates of appreciation during the celebration as follows:

 

Our original founding members were recognized

 

  • Carlton Paul served as the first Chair of the Board of CCOP.
  • Scott Wiener served as the legal advisor to the Board of CCOP.
  • Ken Craig served as the Director of Volunteer Training and Certification to the Board of CCOP.

 

2016 – State Senator Mark Leno – Community Pillar Award

“In recognition and gratitude for your stalwart and indefatigable work on behalf of the LGBT and allied community of California, and in appreciation for the legislative progress you have championed for all Californians.”

2016 – Supervisor Scott Wiener – Community Pillar Award

“In recognition and gratitude for your dedication to Castro Community On Patrol from its formation, and for your continued support while in office as Supervisor for the Castro and Duboce Triangle neighborhoods.”

2016 – District Attorney George Gascon – Community Pillar Award

“In recognition and gratitude for your significant continuing support and work with the LGBT and allied communities of San Francisco. Most especially your formation of the SFDA LGBT Steering Committee and its continuing work.”

2016 – Chief Greg Suhr (Retired) – Community Pillar Award

“In recognition and gratitude for your support and outreach efforts to the LGBT and allied communities of San Francisco during your tenure as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. Most especially in your continuation and support of the SFPD Chief’s LGBT Community Advisory Forum.”

2016 – San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone – Community Guardian Award

“In recognition and gratitude for your continued support, guidance, and assistance as the fiscal sponsor of Castro Community On Patrol since its founding in 2006; and recognizing your exemplary work to promote community safety through your many outstanding programs.”

2016 – Cpt. Daniel Perea, SFPD – Community Guardian Award

“In recognition and gratitude for your energetic, focused, and steady support for the safety and well being of the Castro neighborhood and your support and enthusiastic collaboration when working with Castro Community On Patrol at many neighborhood events as Captain of Mission Police Station.”

2016 – S.F. Patrol Special Police

“In recognition and gratitude of your support, encouragement and back up when necessary for Castro Community On Patrol from our founding under the leadership of Officer Jane Warner in 2006 through today under the leadership of Officer John Fitzinger.”

 

2016 – SPtlr. Kyle Wong, S.O. (C.S.G.) – Patroller of the Year Award (26 Patrols YTD)

“In grateful appreciation of your exemplary support of Castro Community On Patrol and the neighborhood we serve over the last year. Your dedication and focus stands as an example to all.”

2016 – SPtlr. Alexander Upchurch, (C.S.G.) – Certificate of Appreciation (22 Patrols YTD)

“In grateful appreciation of your exemplary support of Castro Community On Patrol and the neighborhood we serve over the last year. Your dedication and focus stands as an example to all.”

2016 – Ptlr. Neil Fullagar, (C.G.) – Castro Guardian Award (15 Patrols YTD)

“In grateful appreciation of your exemplary support of Castro Community On Patrol and the neighborhood we serve over the last year. Your dedication and focus stands as an example to all.”

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Patrick McClellan Case Is A Positive Result For The Community

by Greggy Carey,  Chief of Castro Community on Patrol

The success of yesterday’s hearing around Patrick McClellan can be attributed to concerned merchants who are part of the Castro Business Watch (CBW).  Patrick McClellan  had been arrested on serious charges about 3 weeks ago. Patrick currently claims transgender status and prefers feminine pronouns.  Her bail hearing was held in Department 9 on Monday, 4-APR-16. Two merchants and a representative of Castro Patrol made themselves available to testify if necessary to encourage the judge to hold her for later court appearances due to numerous threats and other inappropriate actions in the past.

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Patrick pled guilty to 2 misdemeanor offenses and was sentenced to:

  • 1 year in county jail and/or in-patient rehabilitation at Walden House. She will be reviewed after 90 days in the re-hab, which cannot start until a bed becomes available. While waiting for the bed on open, she will be held in San Francisco County Jail.
  • Patrick has also been issued a 3-year protective stay-away order which covers the area from Market Street South to 19th Street and from Sanchez Street  West to Collingwood Street. If found within this area, she is subject to immediate arrest, and possible further jail time.

CBW is a program of SF-SAFE who also coordinate neighborhood watches. The difference is that CBW provides business-to-business communications about reducing crime where Neighborhood Watch provides residential safety. Our crime consultant at SF-SAFE is Frulishous Wyatt, Jr.  Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) currently administers the CBW program on behalf of the neighborhood.

CBW currently covers 76 store fronts in the Castro. It is coordinated by Castro Community on Patrol, but it may be turned over to CBW members who will act as “block captains” to better represent the business community. The program provides a method for businesses to work together to identify issues or people whose actions are impacting the business climate and to find solutions that address the issues. Business Watches are also found in other business areas such as Union Square, Fishermans Wharf and 3rd Street corridor.

Credit should also be given to the ADA who serves the Mission Police station, Justine Cephus. At times, the DA’s office can use a process they call “bundling” where a person who has committed a number of minor but ongoing offenses when they can show a judge that a person should be issued a “Public Nuisance” stay away order from an area because of their continued inappropriate behavior. Most stay away orders are issued to prevent entering the business at a single address, but the offender can legally be just feet away without being arrested. An area stay away order means the person is subject to arrest anywhere in the defines area. In Patrick’s case, this is the core Castro business district for 3 years. One of the first people to earn one of these awards was the “Dirty Elmo” character who was known for offensive actions in the Fishermans Wharf area. The process is generally only used in the most egregious cases where a subject has been repeatedly arrested and released back to the public as the judge is basing each decision on the single event rather than the longer term impact the subject is having on the business climate.

 

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Join Us on Easter Sunday as a CCOP Patroller or a Community Safety Volunteer at the Sisters Easter In The Park!

We are just three days away from one of the most irreverent, fun-filled, and enjoyable Easter events EVER.

Each year since the 1990’s the incredible Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have produced the FREE Easter In The Park event, with a kids easter egg hunt, free entertainment, the world renowned Hunky Jesus Contest, an Easter Bonnet Contest and the new Foxy Mary Contest.  CCOP has supported this incredible community effort by providing free Safety Monitors to help ensure the thousands of people who attend are safe and having fun.   Read more about this incredible event in the Bay Area Report article by Sister Roma Roma http://ebar.com/openforum/opforum.php?sec=guest_op&id=556

CCOP at the 2014 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 35th Anniversary in Golden Gate Park.

CCOP at the 2014 Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 35th Anniversary in Golden Gate Park.

This year the event will take place on Easter Sunday, March 27th at Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park beginning at noon and running through 5PM.

CCOP will be on hand once again to provide Safety Monitors, but we find ourselves a little short on numbers this year for a variety of reasons, so at this proverbial eleventh hour, we wanted to reach out to our existing Patrollers and our community supporters to ask for a few more volunteers to help us, help the Sisters in making this a memorable and fun-filled event once again this year.

If you are an existing CCOP Patroller, please register for the patrol on-line or shoot us an e-mail.

If you are a supporter and would like to help us out as a Community Safety Volunteer (CSV), please send us an e-mail address with your preferred name and phone number to VOLUNTEER@CastroPatrol.org and put “Easter Sunday Volunteer” in the subject line.  We will be meeting in Hellman Hollow by the entrance to the back stage area at 10:30AM on Sunday.   We will pair you with one of our CCOP volunteers, and we’ll give you a vest for identification.  Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and bring some sun block and snacks for the day.

Sisters Easter in the Park is a San Francisco tradition that we want to support and continue for many years to come.

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CCOP “Keeping The Castro Safe for 10 Years” Press Release

Ten years ago, the Castro was in the grip of an unprecedented wave of gay hate crimes. In response, local citizens banded together to form Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP), an all-volunteer patrol that makes the Castro and Duboce Triangle neighborhoods better and safer for everyone who lives, works, and plays here.

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This year the Castro Community on Patrol celebrates 10 years of service to the community.  In 2015 alone, CCOP provided more than 1,269 hours of patrolling services in the Castro and Duboce Triangle, helping these neighborhoods to stay safe. CCOP also provides educational outreach and public safety support at close to 25 community events and activities each year, runs free self-defense seminars, attends community meetings, and works closely with many community organizations and city agencies. CCOP bridges the gap between the safety needs of the community and the limited resources of the SF Police Department.

As well as neighborhood safety, CCOP stresses volunteer patroller safety. Greg Carey, the Chief of Patrol, joined CCOP “for the exercise” as a patroller in 2007 and quickly rose to a leadership role. “We are observers, first and foremost, acting as the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. We stick together in our patrol, and never engage in a situation that could be dangerous. If needed, we’ll withdraw, alert officers, and record anything that may be of value. But, even this makes a big difference in controlling neighborhood crime.”

(Check out the CCOP Post Patrol Reports section in this web site which gives details on many of the patrols and what each patrol encounters and the situations they respond to.)

As a grassroots, non-profit, community-run organization, CCOP relies 100% on its volunteers. “We provide training, support and camaraderie for those who want to help make the Castro safer by patrolling the neighborhood with their neighbors,” says Patrol Volunteer Kyle Wong.

Chief Craig & Antjuan & Chief Suhr & Greg Carey & Brian Hill

CCOP is looking for new volunteers to help keep the Castro neighborhood, businesses and visitors safe despite a rise in San Francisco crime. From a start of 150 patrollers in 2006, CCOP now has 25 active volunteers. By comparison, a similar group started in 2016 in the Inner Sunset, a much quieter neighborhood, has 100 volunteers. With more volunteers CCOP will add weekday and evening patrols to their regular weekend night patrols. Volunteer requirements include the ability to: walk 3 hours, run 2 blocks in emergencies and understand that protection is more important than reaction.

If you would like to help keep the Castro safe for everyone, consider attending CCOP’s upcoming training on Tuesday March 15, 2016 from 7-10 PM.

CCOP new volunteer trainings are held every two months. Check the website frequently to sign up for training or find out more information at http://castropatrol.org/ and http://castropatrol.org/volunteers/sign_up/.

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Help Us Keep YOUR Neighborhood Safe in 2016!

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As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary and our 50th new volunteer training class on Saturday January 23rd, we’d love to invite you to join us for the training class as a new CCOP Patroller.

Our Patrollers come from all walks of life, and from all over the Bay Area. They span ages from early twenties to mid sixties, and all are asked to simply commit to a single three hour patrol each month which they can self-schedule through our on-line calendar system.

Many Patrollers choose to patrol more than the minimum we ask for, as they recognize the value in what we accomplilsh, but all we ask is one patrol per month.

Patrols are always made up of at least three volunteers who walk the neighborhood in a random pattern determined by the team lead on the evening. Our most typical activities when on patrol is offering directions to visitors, providing safety advice to residents, offering city services to homeless individuals and calling ambulances for intoxicated and injured individuals.

We do occasionally deal with violent incidents or thefts, but our role is simply to observe and report to the professional responders for the most part. In ten years of service we have never had a Patroller injury, but we have undoubtedly saved a few lives.

Train as a Castro Patrol volunteer during our next training class:

 

Patrol Volunteer Training Class #050

SATURDAY JANUARY 23

1PM – 4PM

 

Pre-registration is required. All training takes place within the Castro district.

Training is open to anyone 18 years or older with no upper age limit.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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CCOP To Celebrate 10th Anniversary In October 2016

Castro Community On Patrol will celebrate the extraordinary milestone of ten years of continuous service to the Castro / Duboce Triangle communities in October of 2016. The plans are still being formulated, but we hope you will keep some time aside in October to join us in marking the achievement.

This month will also see us host our 50th new volunteer training class since CCOP began. We held our very first training class on November 11, 2006 and we have typically held four or five classes each year since that time.

We are always in need of new Patrol Volunteers to join our ranks and help up in keeping the Castro and Duboce Triangle a safer and more secure place to live, work and visit. Please consider joining, or re-joining, us as a Patrol Volunteer by pre-registering for our 50th volunteer training class on Saturday January 23rd from 1 PM to 4 PM in the heart of the Castro.

We have changed a lot as an organization since our early days of reacting to violent crimes, by moving more into prevention and education. We consistently attend community meetings, provide free self-defense seminars, offer advice and counsel and work closely with many community organizations and city agencies.

We provided over 1,269 hours of Patrolling services to the Castro community in 2015 alone, and have provided more than 7,128 hours in total to the community since we began recording such hours in 2012.

In addition to regular visibility patrolling, we have also participated in around 25 community support events and activities each year including such things as:

  • Harvey Milk Day
  • Day of Decision
  • Sisters Easter In The Park
  • San Francisco Pride
  • Castro Street Fair
  • SF Leather Walk
  • AIDS Emergency Fund Holiday Dinner

And many more other events besides.

We are engaged in a number of external safety and security efforts through our participation in:

  • B.I. Citizens Academy
  • CA Volunteer Disaster Corps
  • SFDA LGBT Steering Committee
  • SFPD Chief’s LGBT Community Advisory Forum
  • SFPD Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
  • SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT)
  • Safety Awareness For Everyone (SAFE)
  • Castro Cares

We look forward to your continued support in 2016.

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2015 Aids Emergency Fund Annual Christmas Dinner

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The AIDS Emergency Fund Christmas Dinner event was back on the calendar on December 24th last year, and CCOP once again assisted Inspector Lenny Broberg of the SFPD with security for the event.

The Dinner offers a full holiday meal to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and often offers the only substantial meal many may enjoy throughout the holiday season. We are always proud to support this event each year and look forward to it.

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CCOP Patrollers Earn Certification In Accident Scene Management

While many of our patrols are blissfully quiet and uneventful, we have responded to a number of medical emergencies in our ten year history, and we have been first on scene to a couple of motor vehicle accidents.  Recognizing this, CCOP provided free training and certification through an external organization to our Patrollers in First Aid, CPR, AED use and overall Accident Scene Management skills.

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We’d certainly encourage EVERYONE to get trained and certified in First Aid, CPR and AED use, as those skills could well help save the life of a loved one some day.  As CCOP Patrollers we are often the first to arrive at medical or accident scenes within the neighborhood and we’ve assisted and provided care on a number of occasions. This free training helps to solidify that experience and refreshes what are ultimately perishable skills in our volunteers.

CCOP ASM Training 2015-02

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