"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,
"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
"Those businesses that get good service love it."
Dr. Joe Marshall,
(quoted in the
(Left to right) SFPD Chief Gergory Suhr, Officer
Taswell and Lt. Lim of Mission Station, at the
Police Commission meeting July 8th, 2015.
On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, at about 1500 hours, San
Francisco Assistant Patrol Special Officer Antjuan
Taswell, Star # 2609, was driving to work from his
residence in the east bay, over the San Francisco –
Oakland Bay Bridge, going to his assigned station. He
was in uniform and ready to work, as required.
As he was driving and just after the tunnel, a vehicle
in front of him veered across his lane and struck the
side of the bridge. The vehicle then swerved back into
the left two lanes and struck two other vehicles before
swerving once again into the far right lane, again
striking the bridge.
Officer Taswell stopped his vehicle, as well as other
motorists and exited his car to see if aid was needed.
At that same time, the female driver of the cause of the
accident exited her car, topless, and ran towards San
Francisco in the far right lane. Officer Taswell gave
chase as well as several other drivers.
The female driver then took off the rest of her clothes
and after running about 30 feet, jumped up on top of the
bridge guard rail yelling she was going to jump and kill
Officer Taswell determined that she was suicidal and
began to engage her in conversation in an attempt to
convince her to come down from the railing. After a few
minutes, Officer Taswell was successful in convincing
her to come down from the bridge railing.
She asked Officer Taswell if she could use his cell
phone to “tweet” to her family and friends that she was
going to jump off the bridge. Officer Taswell used this
opportunity to lure her off the bridge rail. Officer
Taswell signaled to other motorists to distract her and
when that happened, he subdued her, placing her in
Shortly thereafter, the California Highway Patrol
arrived and took custody from him.
The C.H.P. had called an ambulance and upon arrival the
female was placed into the back of the ambulance.
By Samual Reyes:
I have the sad task of bringing you notification of San
Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer James "Jim"
Lobao, Sr. whom passed away yesterday. He was in his
early 90's. He worked in the Taraval Police District his
entire career dating back to the early 60's. He was
a highly respected officer in the community he served and
I had the great privilege of meeting him at Park & Shop
Supermarket when he and Officer Serge White would come
in for coffee and pie.
It was Officer Lobao, Sr. and Officer Serge White that
recruited me to become a Patrol Special Police Officer
and after graduating from the San Francisco Police
Academy for Reserve and Patrol Special Police I started
working for them in 1968. They both taught me the in's
and out's while being on patrol especially working in
the Haight/ Ashburyfrom 1968 through 1972 with all three
of us surviving that era.
Officer Lobao, Sr. was especially proud to have his son
become a San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer and
proud to have his son work with him.
Officer Lobao, Sr. will be missed and I know I speak for
all of us in sending his family our condolences.
Officer Labao, Sr. was a great friend to all.
"Rest In Peace Jim"