Police Commission commends two 50-year veterans
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission
conducted a lighthearted meeting yesterday with the commendation
of two officers who recently celebrated their golden anniversaries
with the department and another about to leave on a Fulbright
Inspector Martin Bastiani of the sexual assault section and Sgt.
Jim Wertz of the support services division both recently finished
50 years with the San Francisco Police Department.
Police commission President Louise Renne handed both men framed
certificates for their service and police Chief Heather Fong introduced
"It's not uncommon for them to walk down the hallway and
they see someone with a name tag ... and they'll say, 'you know,
I think I know your father,' and then the question would go to,
'no, I think I know your grandfather,'" Fong said to a room
full of laughter.
"These are two phenomenal gentlemen who have served so long
in our department," Fong continued.
Both men continue to work for the Police Department.
Also at the meeting, Lt. Colleen Fatooh, who has served as a
liaison with the school district and as the director of youth
services for the Police Department, announced that she will spend
three months in England on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship
The program will allow Fatooh, a 21-year-veteran, to spend time
working with authorities in London and the surrounding area where
many of the same problems regarding youth are occurring.
"This is an incredible opportunity for both me and the department
to exchange ideas and to gather knowledge from the international
community," Fatooh said.
Also at the meeting, Deputy Police Chief Charles Keohane gave
an update on the long-awaited early intervention system.
The system, which would track potential problems in the department
by monitoring stressful incidents such as major pursuits and officer-involved
shootings, was first proposed in February and has hit several
hurdles on its way to becoming policy.
One thing that has held the system is the back-and-forth between
the Police Officers Association and the Office of Citizen Complaints,
but according to Keohane, most of the problems have been ironed
out and the system should be ready some time in early January.
Commisioner Joe Marshall was excused from the meeting.
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