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Ingleside Police Station’s Daytime Community Meeting a First for Department

Assistant District Attorney Archie Wong (left) and Ingleside Police Station Capt. Joseph McFadden (third from right) pose with members of the public after the station’s first daytime community meeting in September. (Photo: Alexander Mullaney)

Assistant District Attorney Archie Wong (left) and Ingleside Police Station Capt. Joseph McFadden (third from right) pose with members of the public after the station’s first daytime community meeting in September. Photograph by Alexander Mullaney for the Ingleside-Excelsior Light.

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Ingleside Police Station Capt. Joseph McFadden held the first daytime police community relations meeting for the department.

Over forty people attended the meeting in Bethel Church’s auditorium. The purpose of holding a daytime meeting, Capt. McFadden said, was to allow those who cannot go to the regular evening police community relation meetings a chance to participate. The idea is catching on with other station captains, McFadden said.

Capt. McFadden opened the meeting by spending time educating attendees about interacting with police.

911 and Cell Phones

When calling 911 from a cell phone in the city, it is routed to Contra Costa County’s California Highway Patrol Dispatch. It is best to call San Francisco’s dispatch directly at (415) 553-8090 when using a cell phone, Capt. McFadden said.

When to Call 911

Knowing when to call 911 is important. When there is a suspicious person, take detailed note of the person’s clothing, particularly their shoes. When there is a suspicious vehicle, catch the make, model and as much of the license plate as possible. Then call the station’s non-emergency number (415) 404-4000 and ask specifically for the Platoon Commander. If a person is in the act of committing a crime, call 911.

SF SAFE

Capt. McFadden recommended all attendees join or start SF SAFE groups, community-based crime-prevention education groups.

Utility Worker Imposters

One attendee was concerned about false PG&E workers needing to enter their home. When any utility worker comes to the door and asks to come inside, before allowing them in, ask for the name and number of their supervisor. This will help insure they are not scammers, Capt. McFadden said.

Officer Staffing Levels

Ingleside Station has three new lieutenants, filling its vacancies. Several sergeants were recently promoted and transferred elsewhere. Replacements will be transferred in October. Capt. McFadden said he felt like an National Football League coach during the draft.

Crocker Amazon Park

After the numerous shootings and murders in the park, a fixed footbeat has been started. Motorcycle and horse mounted officers are also patrolling. The park and the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Mission Street are the epicenters of Ingleside Police District’s crime, the captain said. Nortenos from Daly City have been coming to the area.

Heat Wave

Capt. McFadden said there is a crime uptick coming in October when the weather heats up. Also, many homeless have been pushed out of downtown and are moving south to the Mission Police Station’s District as well as Ingleside’s jurisdiction.

Capt. McFadden answered many questions from the audience ranging from concerns about medical cannabis dispensary patrons smoking in the neighborhood to how to install security cameras.

One attendee said Department of Parking and Traffic officers are not ticketing recreational vehicles on Alemany Boulevard despite there being a ban on oversize vehicles on the street.

After Capt. McFadden, Archie Wong, who took over as the neighborhood District Attorney for Ingleside and Tenderloin stations in August, spoke about himself and the DA’s work. Wong became an Assistant District Attorney ten years ago after practicing law for ten years. He previously focused on elder abuse cases.

Wong told attendees to be mindful of their surroundings, particularly at ATMs. He also spoke about District Attorney George Gascon’s initiative to locate all of the security cameras in the city so law enforcement can use relevant footage in prosecutions. He also warned about phone and email scams.

Joelle Kenealey, a member of Ingleside Station’s Community Police Advisory Board and president of the Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association, and Cayuga Community Connectors’ Patti Spaniak, who leads the organization’s effort to help seniors age in place, helped organize the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, Spaniak provided coffee and cookies for the captain to take back to the station.

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