David Diaz Released from Jail

David Munoz Diaz has been released from SF County Jail following his 3rd conviction for various violent crimes. Please note that his probation includes a midnight curfew, so call 911 if you see him in public after that hour.

Details in Bay Area Reporter article: Article

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Community Patrol Service 2016 Castro / Duboce Triangle Crime Activity Report Posted

Our close partner, Community Patrol Service USA, just posted their final Crime Activity Report for December 2016, which also includes a table of all “calls to police for service” throughout the year.  You can find the report on our web site under the CRIME STATS tab.   Simply navigate to the Community Patrol Service – Crime Activity Reports section and select the 2016 Castro & Duboce Triangle Crime Activity Reports hyper link, or any of the prior years you may wish to view.

The report is graphically presented on a monthly basis from the Crime Mapping System data and provides a general guide to crime types and locations within a 1/2 mile radius of 2300 Market Street.  While it is a good guide, it does not include ALL incidents as they may not have made it into the Crime Mapping System before the reports were generated, or calls for service may actually not result in any action required by police.

Still, the reports help to show the level of calls to police, and the nature of those calls within a very small segment of the overall Mission Station and Park Station police divisions on a monthly basis.

We would certainly recommend that everyone review the weekly Captains newsletter produced by Captain Perea on the Mission Station web site, and sign up for the Park Station newsletter produced by Captain Sanford to help you stay up to date with what is happening is each Police district.

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Rainbow Crosswalks Damaged

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Hoodline reports that vandals on motorized “dirt bikes” intentionally damaged the rainbow crosswalks at 18th and Castro Streets on December 11: ARTICLE

Groups of bikers have terrorized various neighborhoods for month, popping “wheelies,” ignoring traffic rules and often riding on sidewalks or the wrong way in traffic. The cops are frustrated because, as the article articulates, San Francisco rules prohibit “hot pursuits” (except in the case of felonies such as homicide or robberies) and the bikers often ride without license plates, making identification difficult. They usually ride without helmets, so if you catch a photo with an exposed face, get it to SFPD non-emergency: 415-553-0123. Or you can contact Castro Patrol at info@castropatrol.org for our assistance.

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18th & Diamond Stabbing Is Suspected To Be A Suicide

Community concerns were heightened following the discovery of a man, fatally stabbed,  outside the U.S. Post Office location at 18th Street and Diamond Street within the Castro District of San Francisco.  Initially speculation suggested the man may have been assaulted but San Francisco Police Department Captain Daniel Perea, who commands the Mission District Police Station in which the incident took place, spoke with reporters recently to advise that they are currently believe the victim took his own life.

There were no signs of struggle or other injuries on the victim, and a suicide note was apparently found among the victims possessions.

The Bay Area Reporter has some more details: http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=72173 

The holidays can be a particularly tough time of year for many people, and suicide rates tend to rise as a result.  San Francisco has a number of services to assist those considering suicide, or who are experiencing grief as the result of another taking their own life:

 

San Francisco Suicide Prevention 24 Hour Hot-Line:  800-989-5212  or 415-781-0500

California Suicide Support Groups: www.suicide.org

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-8255

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Register Your Bikes

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The “Safe Bikes” program run by SF-SAFE (the same people who sponsor Neighborhood Watch) has helped return hundreds of stolen bikes to their rightful owners. It’s FREE, secure, and only takes a few minutes to register your bicycles in the database. Safe Bikes

The chances of getting your un-registered bike back is pretty close to zero unless you buy it back at one of the auctions the police hold each year to sell un-claimed bikes.

In addition, the police cannot do much about the bike “chop-shops” without evidence that the people running these operations are in possession of stolen property.

[The only serial number on a bike is located on the bottom of the frame under the pedal mechanism.]

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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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