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New Police Capt. in Sunset District

New Taraval Police Captain

By Capt. Nick Rainsford

Hello everyone. I am the new captain here at Taraval Station, Nick Rainsford.  Although “new” to Taraval I have more than 25 years of experience with the SFPD.  In fact, I was assigned to Taraval Station as recently as 2015-2016 as a lieutenant, so I’m not entirely new.  

Slide1I joined the police department in 1994 and have had a variety of assignments, mostly in the patrol division.  I started off my career as a patrol officer in the Tenderloin District back when it was called TTF, Tenderloin Task Force, and worked there for about five years.  Never a dull moment at the old TTF!  I also worked at Northern Station until 2008, when I was promoted to sergeant, promoted to lieutenant in 2012 and eventually promoted to captain in 2016.

I am pleased to be assigned to Taraval Station as it is “the old neighborhood” for me.  I grew up here in the Sunset District, in the Parkside neighborhood.  It’s great to be working where I grew up as the community is near and dear to my heart, being a native son.  So much has changed over time and some things have also remained the same. What a great place it was to grow up and it is still a great place for all residents who call the west side of town home.


Cant. Nicholas Rainsford. Photo by Tyrone Bertoli.

My priorities during my tenure will be to make the Taraval District a safe place to live in, visit, drive through and work in.  Our number one priority as a police department is always to reduce violent crime.  Any person who commits a violent crime in the Taraval District will be aggressively pursued through relentless follow-up and investigation.  


Property crime is also of concern and a top priority.  Taraval officers investigate property crimes collaboratively with other SFPD units, such as our burglary unit and our crime scenes investigation unit, to arrest those involved in auto and home burglaries. 

We also rely on our community partners who instinctively know when something in their neighborhood is not right. As the saying goes, “If you see something, say something.”  Look out for each other.  

Traffic safety is also a priority and we will conduct enforcement operations throughout the district so please drive safely.  It’s not worth it to get hurt or hurt someone else by not being attentive.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 2019.  For much more information about the Taraval District, check us out a http://www.Taraval.org.

Captain Nicholas Rainsford is the commanding officer at the Taraval Police Station.

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