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
  "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

"Those businesses that get good service love it." 
Dr. Joe Marshall, former Police Commission President (quoted in the SF Examiner, 11/3/10) 


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"

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