Police and Guns on Clarendon – and Why

Our neighborhood doesn’t see much crime, so it was surprising when neighbor Florence Meyering posted on NextDoor that there were police on Clarendon Avenue with guns drawn! (This was on 23rd July 2016 around 5.30 p.m.)

Police on ClarendonAs I was driving on Clarendon/Twin Peaks Blvd, I saw police with guns out and police cars were arriving from everywhere. They were looking at the hill towards Mount Sutro Forest. Does anyone know what was going on and if they caught whomever were were after?” she posted, along with the picture above.

So I wrote to Park Station police, and they wrote back within a couple of days: “On that date and time, there was a carjacking that occurred. I believe officers were most likely responding to this incident. The suspect is in custody and the stolen vehicle returned to it’s rightful owner.”

All’s well that ends well.


January 2013 Crime (Such as it is), and Poisoned Tree Update

Drunken CarAs usual, there was nothing much from Forest Knolls or Midtown Terrace in the Park Station police newsletters. (We like it that way!)

But a few things did catch my eye:

January 23, 1.49 a.m. Drunk driving at Clarendon and Oak Park. “Sergeant Callaway & Lewis located a vehicle that had been involved in a hit & run traffic collision. The driver was determined to be seriously in the bag.”

Jan 17th, 1.55 a.m.  A report of an attempted “hot prowl” at 300 Warren Drive: “Victim was awoken by noise at his rear door. He looked out and saw the suspect trying to break in. Victim yelled at the suspect who fled.” (A “hot prowl” is when someone enters a home when people are present.)

Jan 17th, 12.30 p.m.  Malicious damage to a vehicle at Clarendon and Panorama.

Jan 17th, 11.15 a.m.  A collision at Clarendon and Christopher, because someone was going too fast.

Jan 5th, 9 a.m. 100 Marview. A  car was stolen.

Jan 3rd, 11.30 p.m. Collision at Crestmont and Devonshire – someone was speeding.


Those poisoned trees, which I wrote about HERE? I’d written to UCSF about them; they said it looked like it was SFWD’s business. A few days ago, I saw SFWD working there, and now it looks like they have cut down one of the trees and trimmed the other. I suppose there was no other way with the trees becoming unsafe.

poisoned trees gone

Crime! in Forest Knolls?

I subscribe to the Park Station Police newsletter for our area, and glance through it quickly to check if there’s anything in our neighborhood. Usually, there’s nothing. This week, there were a few reports.

  • On October 14th, 4:20 AM at Crestmont & Christopher: Malicious Mischief,  “A vile vandal damaged the lock to the victim’s toolbox.”
  • On October 16th, 6.30 a.m at 400 Crestmont: Theft from a locked vehicle.

A bit of a crime-wave, but perhaps the news below takes care of it?

Parks Station Police Alliteration

I’ve been following the Parks Station Police newsletter for some time now, just to know what’s going on – particularly in our neighborhood. Though the 15 June 2012 newsletter had nothing about Forest Knolls or Midtown Terrace (fortunately);  it was an interesting read.

We’ve just had a changing of the guard: Captain Feeney transferred out, and Captain Greg Corales has assumed command. Captain Corrales is making a push to clean up the Alvord Lake area, which has become the Drug-Dealer’s Mart. Captain Corrales himself was able to make two purchases there; and when he sent in his undercover people, they made three more.

He’s also the Editor-in-Chief of the newsletter. So is he the one responsible for the amazing alliteration appearing there?


What first caught my eye was the suspicious skulkers slinking sinisterly.


And then, another one who wasn’t just a suspicious subject, but an actual scoundrel!


Besides the slinking skulkers, our Parks Station Police Personnel have been confronting: truculent thugs who are mendacious miscreants, suspicious slumberers, remorseless reprobates, violent vandals, and booze banditos. To say nothing of  furtive fugitives…

Here’s a thank you to the Parks Station Police, not only for the essential and important work that they do, but also for the remarkable rousing reporting.

Cole Valley Hold-up

This came from the San Francisco Police Department’s  Park Station newsletter… and I thought it was too good not to share.

It happened on the 900 block of Cole St. (Carl Ave.)

Officer Ferraz and posse responded on a call of a man with a gun, wherein a passerby called 911 to report a robbery in progress. The officers found a masked gunman standing behind a liquor store’s counter. The gunman refused to put down his pistol and the officers overpowered and disarmed him.

They then discovered that the gun was a replica, that the gunman was an actor, and that the filming crew recording the scene from across the street had not applied for a permit from the San Francisco Film Commission.

I wonder what the film-makers are going to do with that cinema verite footage…

ETA: And the next thing I know… the story’s on Reuters!

ETA 2: Apparently there was no cinema verite footage because the camera crew got scared when the police arrived, and stopped filming. Also, there was no permit needed because they were filming on private property…

Flyer: SFPD Park Station Contacts

Another flyer that Forest Knolls Neighborhood Organization circulated was a list of contact details for the SFPD Park Station police. (They’re our neighborhood police station.) Here it is:

The other side had burglary prevention tips. We’ve asked SAFE, the outfit that wrote them, for permission to publish them here. If they agree, we’ll edit this to add them in. [Edited to Add: SAFE gave permission and additional information. We’ve published them separately, here and here.]

(FKNO is at http://www.forestknolls.org, not forestknolls.com — a cheap realty website; nor www.forestknolls.info — which is the site you’re on now. Note the different extensions: org, com, and info.)

Signal Boost: 10-week SF Community Police Academy Course

This came from the Parks Station Police Academy newsletter:

Join the San Francisco Community Police Academy

The Community Police Academy is a 10-week program that meets once a week and is designed to inform and teach interested participants various aspects of municipal policing, including patrol and investigations procedures, vehicle operations, arrest and control techniques, firearm procedures and emergency communications. The Academy’s goals are to develop community awareness through education and to develop a closer understanding and working relationship between the San Francisco Police Department and its communities. Members of the community are encouraged to join and learn about the San Francisco Police Department. Participants can ask questions and offer comments within each class.

The next class is scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. We encourage high school students 15 and over to attend. The Community Police Academy participants are selected by the program coordinators after an application process. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five students per class.

For more information, including the application process, visit our website or please contact:

Ms. Lula Magallon at (415) 401-4720 or

Officer Maria Oropeza at (415) 401-4701.