Relationship to the San Francisco Police Commission and the San
Francisco Police Department
The Patrol Special Police is a principally privately-paid police
force that has the unique advantage to the city and citizens of
being both quasi-public and quasi-private. The force is
structured in the City Charter and legally under the San
Francisco Police Department, and thus, supports and supplements
policing and other safety services provided by the San Francisco
Police Department (SFPD). By regulation (Interim Rules and
Procedures) of the Police Commission, Patrol Special Police
Officers, while not employees of the SFPD, initially pass
background checks by the SFPD, are appointed by the San
Francisco Police Commission, and are annually trained according
to standards established by the Police Chief. Patrol Special
Police Officers wear uniforms approved by the Police Commission,
carry a firearm, and are entitled to use a two-way SFPD radio.
We are committed to neighborhood policing.
San Francisco Patrol Special Officers strive to make the
communities they serve better places in which to live and work.
Officers are committed to neighborhood
is a philosophy, not a tactic, and has an emphasis on problem
solving and community outreach. This includes walking their
"beats," getting to know people on an individual basis,
attending community meetings, and working closely with SFPD foot
patrol officers and other city agencies to find resolutions to
everyday neighborhood safety and security concerns. Neighborhood
policing is a proactive, decentralized approach to policing
arising primarily from the needs of private clients and their
neighborhoods in the context of best policing practices. It is
designed to reduce crime, disorder, and the fear of crime, while
responding directly to explicit needs and requests of the client
and the neighborhood.