Northern Station

Captain Joseph Engler

Joseph Engler

The Northern Police District encompasses several district and diverse neighborhoods, including the Western Addition, Pacific Heights, Japantown, Polk Gulch, Russian Hill and the Marina. The district is bounded by Larkin Street, Market Street, Steiner Street to Broadway, and west on Broadway to the Presidio. The north boundary of the district is San Francisco Bay. Although the Northern Police District is geographically one of the smallest, it is one of the most densely populated. The district includes many high occupancy dwellings such as large apartment buildings, senior citizens’ residences, residential hotel, and public housing complexes.

The Northern District is also a favored location for street fairs, celebrations and cultural events. The Fillmore Street Jazz Festival, Polk Street Swing City Festival, Nihonmachi Street Fair, SF Pride Celebration, Culinary Arts Festival, Fleet Week Celebration and Opera Opening all occur in the district, as well as many other events. Very large Halloween and New Year’s Eve celebrations also occur annually in the Northern District. These events add a rich mix to the cultural flavor of our district.

Captain Joe Engler, a fourth generation San Franciscan, was born in the Northern district at Presbyterian Hospital and Medical Center.  He began his career with the SFPD in 1992. As a uniformed police officer and later as a sergeant, Engler was assigned to patrol the Northern, Mission and Park districts.  As a police inspector, Engler was assigned to the Domestic Violence Response Unit, Night Enforcement Unit, General Work, Burglary and Homicide Details.  As a Lieutenant, Engler served at Tenderloin and Ingleside Stations; he was the Officer In Charge of the Muni Division; later he was the SFPD Liaison to the Department of Emergency Management; he also served as the Officer in Charge of the SFPD Homeland Security Unit’s Operations Center.  Prior to his appointment to Captain, Engler served as the Officer in Charge of the Traffic Collision Investigation Unit as well as the Acting Captain of the Traffic Division.

A graduate of the University of California at Davis and San Francisco Law School, he continues to teach police officers from across the state at the California POST-certified Homicide Investigation course. He is also a member of the Administration of Justice faculty at City College of San Francisco.  Captain Engler was the Commanding Officer of Administration within the SFPD Airport Bureau prior to assuming command of Northern Station in January 2018.

“Policing begins with everyone taking care of the little things, with a mindful attention to doing things right.”
-Captain Joseph Engler


Northern Station

northern station

1125 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 614-3400


Twitter: @SFPDNorthern

Emergency, dial: 911

Non-emergency, dial:
(415) 553-0123

TIP LINE: (415) 822-8147

Northern District Street Map (PDF)

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TTY Line (for hearing impaired)
(415) 614-3438
Permit Officer (415) 614-3405
Fax (415) 614-3434

Day: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m. -  7:00 p.m.
Place: Northern Station

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