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

Serving San Francisco Neighborhoods since 1847

Dating back to the gold rush days, the San Francisco Patrol Special Police has carved a unique niche in the history of San Francisco law enforcement by providing neighborhoods with supplementary police patrol.  Formed in 1847 by merchants to combat the insurgence of Barbary Coast outlaws, the Patrol Special Police was incorporated into the city’s charter in 1856.  Over the years, Patrol Special Officers have received many commendations for their exemplary service and dedication to the City of San Francisco.



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