Twenty-five-year San Francisco Police Department veteran and native San Franciscan Joseph McFadden has taken over Ingleside Station effective in early August.
McFadden comes to the Ingleside from the Major Crimes Unit, and over the course of his career he has worked for the department’s Domestic Violence, Officer Involved Shootings and Internal Affairs sections among others. McFadden spent time on the SWAT team, working undercover and tracking narcotics in the Tenderloin and Mission neighborhoods.
Ingleside Station’s previous captain, Timothy Falvey, applauded the move as he was placed to the downtown unit, and Falvey offered his sincere thanks to residents for their involvement during his tenure.
“I truly enjoyed my time at Ingleside Station,” Falvey said in an e-mail. “The one thing that surprised me the most about the Ingleside District is the engagement of the community. I often joked that there are more community groups in the Ingleside than the rest of the City put together. I went to a couple hundred community meetings during my time here and really enjoyed getting to know the different neighbors in the Ingleside District.”
Luckily for those involved neighbors, McFadden has echoed Falvey’s sentiment during an interview with The Ingleside Light. “I love Ingleside because it’s the second largest geographic district,” McFadden said. “There are lots of solid citizens that have been here a long time plus lots of kids. I enjoy that.”
He even began his career at Ingleside station. “Ingleside is a lot more stable now,” he said. “In 1992, we had just taken over Sunnydale from the Bayview Station. There’s more communication between citizens and the station today.”
McFadden said he wants to focus on investigations at Ingleside Station.
“When you’re a cop, you do arrests, and then sometimes you don’t know where the cases go after that,” he said. McFadden brought along John Burke, a homicide investigator McFadden considers one of his top lieutenants, to help out in this regard.
“He’s got a great work ethic, and I praise that in my officers,” McFadden said. “I’ve known him for years and he’s really knowledgeable about how to get warrants and do interviews.”
This is an important point, McFadden said, as he pointed out the department has gotten much younger in the last five years due to a wave of retirements.
“I want the new guys to learn about the neighborhood, the people and the criminals,” McFadden said. Like Falvey before him, McFadden said he wishes to get to know people in his district, and that he stresses to his officers how important it is to get out of their cars so they can be more visible.
McFadden said his theory is five percent of the people commit 80 percent of the crimes. “We’ve got to keep tabs on those people,” he said. “The undercover team is working on that.”
McFadden grew up on 24th Street in Noe Valley, and his influential father, Dr. Michael McFadden, had a doctor’s office there. Dr. McFadden helped found the city’s United Irish Cultural Center and was known as the mayor of Noe Valley in his day. Dedication to their fellow citizens seems to run in the family.
Additionally, McFadden said he lives about nine minutes from the station, and that’s one of the reasons he wanted to return to the station that launched his career.
“Captain Joe McFadden is going to do a great job out here,” Falvey said. “He has extensive experience in investigations and the officers and residents of the Ingleside District are in really good hands.”
For his part, Falvey helped close Net Stop, an illegal gambling center on Mission Street and helped plan events as part of the Ingleside Community Police Advisory Board.
McFadden is now the chair of CPAB, and there’s no question neighborhood leaders have already reached out to him for help.
Since taking over, McFadden has been heavily involved in policing the area around Mission and Mount Vernon streets where two medicinal cannabis dispensaries (MCDs) have been operating for the last two years. He has attended public comments at a recent Planning Commission hearing and was fully on the residents’ side in his remarks about how the neighborhood doesn’t need a third MCD.