November 14, 2012
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO
JUVENILE PROBATION COMMISSION
JUVENILE PROBATION COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
Regular Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
YMCA SF Chinatown
855 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Julian Chang, President
Dirk Beijen, Vice President
Sarah Ching Ting Wan
1. Roll Call
• The Commission President called the meeting to order at 6:20 p.m. Commissioners Beijen, Chang, Jones, Wan and Woodson were present. Commissioner Albright and Arellano were excused.
2. Public comments.
• No public comments.
3. Review and Approval of the Full Commission Meeting Minutes of October 18, 2012 (ACTION ITEM)
• Motion to approve the October 18, 2012 Full Commission Meeting Minutes by COMM Beijen, second by COMM Wan, and approved by the rest of the Commission.
• No public comments.
4. Report to the Commission (DISCUSSION ONLY)
a. Chief’s Report
• Division Updates by Chief Siffermann.
Today the population reached 81 and the average daily population in October was 71. In October 2011, the population was 96. The population seems to spike in October, however, will most likely be down through the holidays.
The gym windows that were damaged are being replaced and Engineering has expedited the project.
Cameras will be installed in various places in the next year in the detention center to enhance safety, particularly to address/corroborate any workers’ compensation claims, and to provide a safer environment for youth and staff. Although there is camera coverage in the entrance areas, common areas need coverage. This should have been included in the original design, but was taken out due to budgetary constraints.
The recreation yard improvement was estimated at $800,000, as reported at the last meeting, and will be included in capital project.
o Probation Services:
JPD participated in strategic operations with SFPD and a meeting was held with Law Enforcement Stakeholders to address the realignment of DJJ (see DJJ flowchart on website under supporting documents: http://sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=4011).
The Sheriff, DA, SFPD, and JPD highlighted various steps needed regarding youths emerging from DJJ. Six youths were in DJJ before the realignment and a couple of youths will be emerging from DJJ each year. Two have already been released and placed under court supervision, which parallels parole supervision. These former youths, now adults, will have GPS monitors, stay-away orders and search condition provisions, to preserve public safety.
Two Probation Officers (PO’s) from the Serious Offenders’ Unit were dispatched to the gang task force around City Hall during the Giants’ World Series celebration and identified individuals that were not authorized to be in the area. No youths were apprehended.
Chief Siffermann emphasized his growing concern over the safety and security of PO’s that engage in routine operations with SFPD. He stated that high-risk offenders accompany these kids and are in the area when PO’s are conducting compliance checks. PO’s are put in harm’s way and are unarmed. On 09/20, PO’s were approached by a person with an automatic weapon and on 10/19, PO’s were called back to Life Learning Academy to apprehend a youth in possession of an automatic weapon. Chief Siffermann suggested that “JPD’s field safety and monitoring compliance with high-risk probationers and DJJ parolees” be added to the January agenda for public input.
COMM Jones asked if PO’s maintain current training to carry weapons. Chief Siffermann said that PO’s are not authorized to carry firearms and as a result have not been trained to carry weapons. He has maintained over the 7.5 years he has been CPO that he does not want guns at JPD. However, with this new law, he is concerned for the safety of PO’s dealing with adult parolees. He would like to explore having these PO’s properly protected during operations teamed with SFPD. With juvenile parole being disbanded in January 2013, this responsibility will be subsumed by JPD. State Juvenile Parole agents throughout the state have been armed for juvenile parolees in the past.
COMM Jones asked for a risk benefit analysis; details if one of the PO’s had to discharge their weapons. Chief Siffermann said that JPD does not have the resources to open its own unit for these reviews and is looking for guidance on how this can be done to preserve the integrity of the department and safety of the officers. Chief Siffermann will invite SFPD; CBO’s; and PO’s from this unit to discuss what has been encountered to the Full Commission January meeting.
COMM Beijen thought this issue should be addressed for the safety of the PO’s, as well as the community. He said that the community is asking PO’s to go unannounced into high-risk situations and the Commission has an obligation to see what can be done to provide safety for PO’s to respond, if necessary.
COMM Chang said that due to the realignment policy, this item will be on the January 2013 agenda.
o Log Cabin Ranch:
There are 19 youths divided into two pods, based on the census, backgrounds and level of delinquencies.
The annual Halloween party was a success for staff, volunteers and youths. The kids were appreciative of the activities, which began with a meal; followed by games (pie eating; pie throwing & a pinada filled with candy); a pumpkin carving contest, which kids were awarded safe prizes such as toiletries; and the event finished with a scary movie.
Daniel Prince, the new LCR Director is adjusting very well to his position, as well as the kids to this change. Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Allen Nance, has been instrumental in the positive transition.
Some LCR construction projects will be put on “hold” due to a staff vacancy with the SF Conservation Corp. LCR will continue working on the family visitor center and the kitchen garden project.
o No public comments
b. Committee Reports
5. Future Agenda Items (ACTION ITEM)
• COMM Chang stated that the next Full Commission meeting will be held on January 9, 2013 in City Hall, in Hearing Room 408. In addition, the election for Commission President and Vice President will occur in February.
• Chief Siffermann stated that JPD’s holiday party will be held on December 20th.
6. Adjournment (ACTION ITEM)
• The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.