Alfonso Faustino: San Francisco Police Department

The men and women that make up the San Franciso Police Department train to serve and protect the residents in San Franciso; AND, they also support, educate, motivate, and inspire our San Francisco youths to be safe and pursue their dreams.

Unfortunately, the media seldom covers SFPD officers, like Officer Dandre Williams, Sgt. Ray Padmore, and Sgt. Rockwell (not pictured) supporting our athletic youths by attending an evening AAU Basketball Game at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium…

and, the annual donations and fund drives that SFPD’s Sgt. Rockwell leads for the Special Olympics Torch Run, which, when added up with other donations and fund drives from other law enforcement agencies nationwide wide, results in ~ $1.4 billion in donations for 2018.

As an auxiliary law enforcement team member with SFPD, I see the devotion, intrinsic interest, hard work, and humanity the SFPD officers have in protecting San Francisco’s youths and helping, motivating, and inspiring them to pursue their dreams, while, at the same time, fighting crime and keeping our communities safe.

(I’m also a volunteer at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and support Urban Shield; if Im still alive in 2020, I’m in line to be trained for SAR and SAF — but, that’s for another BLOG.)

Because the majority of media entities prioritize viewership and selling stories over accurate and ethical journalism whenever a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) is engaged in a situation, I wanted to provide people that read this BLOG information about the San Francisco Community Police Academy.

By going through the Community Police Academy, you will have an opportunity to learn the critical stuff the media seldom covers and leaves out in their stories regarding a situation with a police officer.

It is a free program provided by the San Francisco Police Department. For ~ 6 weeks or so, one night per week, students learn about all phases of a police officer in and out in the field. Students will go through all the courses in the police academy in a condensed version.

(In this picture, directly below, students are going through the hand-cuff course; and, I volunteered to be bad-guy getting cuffed. Yes, there are requirements and procedures before slapping on the bracelets.)

You will learn about the process check-points an SFPD officer must go through, in fractions of seconds, during an unsafe situation, that determines whether or not that officer can draw his or her sidearm (e.g., gun) and discharge it upon a threat.

You will go through a shooting simulator that all SFPD cadets and career officers go through as part of their ongoing training.

SFPD officers follow STRICT internal guidelines and policies before drawing their sidearms from their holsters and discharging their sidearms at a threat.

SFPD’s internal guidelines and policies, have a higher and stricter professional standard of care than those stated in the law.

Contrary to popular notion, LEOs dread the thought of a gun-fight. All the LEOs I met in and out of SFPD have no interest in getting into a gun fight — the thought of getting into a gun fight is something they dread and hope they don’t experience in their careers.

Wanna know SFPD’s ultimate primary goal aside from their company goals?

Everyone goes home safe [to spend time with family and loved ones].

You will also spend a class session learning about SWAT and CIS (Crisis Intervention Specialists (e.g., negotiator).

Students will also learn about EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) and the check-points that determine whether or not an SFPD officer can pursue a vehicle throughout the streets of San Francisco.

You will meet a K-9 police officer, like this 4-month old cadet training for the K-9 unit.

You will go on a police ride-along for a full duty shift.

You will also learn about story-telling tactics the media and journalists use involving police officers in situations.

I also enjoyed being taught the proper way to use a police collapsible baton. We use collapsible batons on punching bags and knowing the areas of the body to hit and not to hit.

These are just some of the many things you will learn if you enroll in the program.

Participating in the simulation aspects of the class is all voluntary; hence, for example, if you prefer not to participate in the…shooting simulation or…EVOC driving course, you can simply watch others participate and listen to the lecture.

The Community Police Academy is perfect for ANYONE at any age (there is a minimum age requirement along with other background-check requirements) that wants to learn about SFPD and the education and training the men and women go through in order to serve and protect all of us in San Francisco.

The Community Police Academy is perfect for those that have an interest in being a police officer.

After you complete the program, you will graduate, and a graduation ceremony is given by SFPD’s Chief of Police; in 2018, SFPD Chief of Police, William Scott, presented the 2018 graduating class.

You will also get a certificate and a plaque for credits to be applied for entering other training programs within SFPD.

Well, I hope I peaked your interest in wanting to learn more about SFPD; and, I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about SFPD, which the media seldom covers in their stories involving law enforcement.

In closing, when you read about a police officer in the media, please consider not passing judgment on that police officer until you research the full story and get all the facts — there’s a lot of media fake or partial news out there whenever it comes to our police force.

Be safe.

Check 6!

/s/ Alfonso Faustino

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