"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
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"