Cops go to Starbucks, and, Police Shortage
The police situation in San Francisco is affected by generational trends. I guess we’re down right now (cop cap is 1971– oddly enough, the year I was born.), because a slew of them retired once they hit a certain age determined by a retirement package, and it originally started getting clumpy with WW2 vets, etc. Now a new rush of cadets are in schools.
(starbucks stuff after long rambly bit about ME)
I used to chat with one of them. He was a security guard at my old building, and his most challenging part of the Academy was the racial mediation. Well, yours truly was asked by the captain of the Northern station (forget his name, this was like 6 years ago) to apply (being a tallish Swedish descent woman who looks like she could take down 3 guys at once? Your Valkyrie!) the entire situation was lost on me until a few days later when I was recapping the conversation to my Mom. “He kept showing me the fun barbecues they have, and how the Academy admittance test isn’t that hard, and how they need to reach quotas…” I was in his office to get a one-day liquor license for an event.
Anywho, I learned from our esteemed Central precinct captain Dudley that we are in desperate need of cops. Our precinct actually “lends out” two cops per other precincts in the city that aren’t as low crime and well-covered as we are.
Other facts I learned: Capt. Dudley, besides being a nice, rational, friendly sort, goes to Starbucks. Stop this travesty now! Email him and tell him to go to your Mom & Pop cafe of choice. james.dudley-at-sfgov.org