Sunset Beacon

Police Beat: Taraval Station Doing OK

By Capt. Curtis Lum

The San Francisco Police Department has a 73 percent approval rating.

Chief Greg Suhr recently reported in the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association Journal that, according to a 2014 SF Chamber of Commerce “City Beat” survey, 73 percent of the people surveyed who live, work and/or visit San Francisco have a favorable view of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). Only 19 percent of the voters see us as unfavorable.

This is better than last year, and not bad for a department that is down more than 300 officers.

Complaints Against Police Officers

Chief Suhr also wrote in the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association Journal that the Office of Civilian Complaints, or OCC, had 706 actual cases of complaints against San Francisco police officers in 2013. Of these complaints, 422 have been closed and 15 have been recommended “sustained.” This means that in these 15 com- plaints the OCC believes the officer violated a policy of the SFPD. None of the sustained complaints were for unnecessary force.

The SFPD responded to more than 1 million calls for service last year. Basically, one person complains about police service for every 1,447 calls for service, and OCC makes a sustained rec- ommendation for every 68,000- plus calls for service.

Almost 20,000 people were arrested and taken into custody in San Francisco last year. If one uses custodial arrests as a mea- sure, for every 1,000 people arrested, less than 20, or 2 per- cent, complained about how they were arrested by the SFPD. Only one person who was arrested and made a complaint had a recom- mendation of “sustained” by the OCC. And not one of the recom- mended sustained complaints was for unnecessary force.

Traffic Safety

The officers at Taraval Station are continuing their efforts in traffic enforcement. We have been concentrating on the major corridors, especially around Sunset Boulevard and Yorba Way.

We have been targeting speeders using LIDAR, which allows an officer to very quickly establish the speed of a moving vehicle.

So far, Taraval officers have written about 1,000 more cita- tions than they wrote last year at this same time. The SFPD is committed to reduce traffic colli- sions and improve traffic safety.

If you’re driving, help us by slowing down and driving care- fully. If you’re on a bicycle, you have to obey the same laws as vehicles. Pay attention while crossing the street and walk defensively.

Taraval has Lowest Crime Rate in the City

The Part-1 crime rate, which is homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, burglary, theft from vehicle, arson and other theft, is 3.45 per 1,000 residents in the Taraval District. This is the low- est Part-1 crime rate in the City.

If you would like more information about the Taraval Police Station, San Francisco Police Department or Taraval Police District, go to the website at

The Taraval Police Station will hold its April monthly com- munity meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., on April 15, at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, located at 650 Capitol Ave. If you would like to attend, please stop by.

Capt. Curtis Lum is the commanding officer at the Taraval Station.

Categories: Sunset Beacon

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