Patrol Specials are the only security business
permitted to patrol the streets or San Francisco
(Municipal Code Sec. 1750)
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Patrol Special response to the Mass. study of the Patrol Special Police

"Almost every commercial area in my district relies on the Patrol Specials as a supplement to standard police public safety services...[I write to express] my support for the Patrol Specials and my belief that the program should continue to serve the community."
Scott Wiener, Supervisor, District 8 (from letter to Police Commission, 4/20/11)

"There’s no question that in some places there are people who certainly are in favor of having Patrol Specials. This is not to take away from the quality of service that Patrol Special officers provide because I think some of them are very professional and they are very courteous and very effective in what they do.
George Gascon, former Police Chief (quoted in the Bay Guardian, 3/12/10

"Those businesses that get good service love it." 
Dr. Joe Marshall, former Police Commission President (quoted in the SF Examiner, 11/3/10) 
"There is a role for the special police as extra eyes and ears for police officers."
Gary Delagnes, President, Police Officers Association (quoted in the Wall Street Journal, 11/18/10)

"Large urban cities have monumental problems including the rise in crime, budget cuts and layoffs. The best strategy to fight crime is to expand this police agency as an asset, and permit them to improve security as the 'eyes and ears' of the SFPD."
Robert Bedwell, peace officer, retired (from letter to Police Commission, 4/21/11)

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