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News, The Right to Remain Special: The City's Other Police Force Struggles Against Extinction

The Right to Remain Special: The City's Other Police Force Struggles Against Extinction

About a month before her death in May of 2010, Jane Warner was visited by a uniformed police officer armed with a sheaf of legal papers. They were formal misconduct charges against Warner for alleged misdeeds she'd committed while serving…
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News, The Snitch Patrol Special Cops' New Leader Says He Won't Shy Away From 'Confrontation' With SFPD

Patrol Special Cops' New Leader Says He Won't Shy Away From 'Confrontation' With SFPD

The San Francisco Patrol Special Police, a private security force that has co-existed alongside city-employed police officers since the days of the Gold Rush, has elected a leader to head its officers' professional association.The Patrol Special Police Officers Association chose…
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News, Matt Smith Did SFPD needlessly hound a rival officer while she lay dying of cancer?

Did SFPD needlessly hound a rival officer while she lay dying of cancer?

Last Halloween, Officer Jane Warner and her patrol partner, Antjuan Taswell, walked along the closed-off roads around Castro and 17th streets, greeting revelers and merchants, watching out for brawlers, and otherwise helping keep the peace. "I was walking right along…
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News, The Snitch Castro Park May Be Named In Honor of Departed Cop Jane Warner

Castro Park May Be Named In Honor of Departed Cop Jane Warner

Supervisor and mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday to name the recently created mini-park at Castro and 17th Streets in honor of Jane Warner, a longtime city security officer who died May 8. It would become…
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News, The Snitch Who Likes Cops? Survey Claims Police-for-Hire More Popular than SFPD

Who Likes Cops? Survey Claims Police-for-Hire More Popular than SFPD

A survey conducted by a San Jose State professor indicates that many customers of the Patrol Special Police, a quasi-public security service whose officers have been walking the streets of San Francisco since the days of the Gold Rush,…
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News, The Snitch Patrol Special Officer Sues City, Claiming Mistreatment Because She Is Lesbian

Patrol Special Officer Sues City, Claiming Mistreatment Because She Is Lesbian

One of the public faces of San Francisco's quasi-public community policing agency, the Patrol Special Police, is suing the city under state anti-discrimination laws, asserting she was subject to unfair treatment because she is a woman and a lesbian.In a…
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News, Sucka Free City Castro businesses step into the SFPD's turf war with private security officers

Castro businesses step into the SFPD's turf war with private security officers

In a city with a growing reputation for nightclub violence, the bar scene in the Castro doesn't stand out as particularly raucous. But clubs in the area have been the source of a growing number of noise and sanitation complaints…
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News, Feature To Serve & Collect

To Serve & Collect

The question from TV's Judge Judy to San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Hanley Chan was straightforward enough. "You are a San Francisco police officer — is that correct?" Fulfilling his bit role on the show as a plaintiff's witness,…
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News, The Snitch I Wasn't Approved for the SFPD Special Patrol Force and All I Got Was This Lousy Gun

I Wasn't Approved for the SFPD Special Patrol Force and All I Got Was This Lousy Gun

Willie Adams isn't a cop, but the SFPD gave him a gun and a uniform. Adams is part of the 76-year-old Patrol Special force that offers added protection to merchants who hire them, according to an article in today's Examiner.…
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News, Sucka Free City San Francisco Patrol Special Police: Rent-a-Cops With Guns

San Francisco Patrol Special Police: Rent-a-Cops With Guns

Back in November, Jonathan Rodgers was fresh off the streets and living in a single-room-occupancy hotel near Civic Center, courtesy of a city-sponsored program for the homeless. Although he says he always paid his rent, he ran afoul of the…
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