Ingleside Police Station Captain Moves On

Emma Chiang/Ingleside-Excelsior Light

Seven city supervisors took turns praising Ingleside Police Station’s former Capt. Joseph McFadden for his service and accessibility during the past three years at the Oct. 24 meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

McFadden, a San Francisco native who became a police officer in 1989, took over Ingleside Police Station in August 2014. On Oct. 21, McFadden began leading the department’s General Crimes Unit as part of a department rotation of six station captains.

Ingleside Police Station, which has the second largest territory of the city’s ten stations, covers  portions of five supervisorial districts in the city’s south central area.

McFadden, who began his career at the police department at Ingleside Police Station and patrolling the Sunnydale, said he felt “blessed and honored” to have returned to lead the station 20 years later.

During his three-year term as captain, McFadden helped respond to a series of shootings on the Broad-Randolph corridor and battled persistent gambling dens in the Excelsior and Outer Mission neighborhoods.

On Oct. 17, four days before he was to leave his post, McFadden’s officers raided Jhec of All Trades, a gambling den at 4182b Mission St., which had also been raided last November.

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai said McFadden was always in the know.

“Joe would always say, ‘Just hold off; we have something in the works,’ and then ten officers would raid a gambling den,” Safai said at the board meeting.

After the board presented McFadden’s Recognition of Commendation, a stream of community members who worked with McFadden left the room.

“I guess the whole chamber was here for McFadden,” Board of Supervisors President London Breed chuckled.

John Hart, former captain of the Special Operations Bureau and Homeland Security, became Ingleside Police Station’s new captain on Oct. 21.

Read the Light’s 2014 profile of McFadden here.

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