"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.”
former Police Chief (quoted in the Bay Guardian,
"Those businesses that get good service love it."
Dr. Joe Marshall,
(quoted in the
"There is a role for the special police as extra
eyes and ears for police officers."
President, Police Officers Association (quoted
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)