Police Blotter

More space to patrol, more crimes to stop

The boundaries of geographical responsibility for police stations have changed, which will impact some local residents who are seeking information about police coverage.

Northern Station’s boundaries have expanded by 1.2 square miles, now reaching on the west to Divisadero Street (instead of stopping at Steiner) from the Marina Green to Waller Street Northern Station’s southern border is now Waller Street from Divisadero Street to Market Street, anything south of Waller is now the responsibility of Park Police Station.

“With these changes, Northern Police Station has increased its area of responsibility by 1.2 square miles, has increased its population by almost 2 percent, and has added 10 additional schools, one additional health care facility, and five additional public housing facilities,” notes Northern Station Captain Greg McEachern. “Northern Police Station has increased its personnel to account for the additional policing responsibility and calls for service with additional officers on the way.”

The crimes below are a small snapshot of what the officers of Northern Station are doing. For a more comprehensive list, visit; under Compstat, select the link to Crimemaps.


June 28, 1:20 a.m.
Washington St. at Van Ness Ave.

A male flagged down a uniform patrol and told the officers that he had been walking on Van Ness at Washington when he noticed a group of males walking toward him. He said one of the people in that group suddenly punched him in the face.

The officers broadcast the suspect’s description, and the subject was soon picked up. He was positively identified by the victim, who was also treated by paramedics for his injuries. He signed a citizen’s arrest form against the subject for the assault, and the subject was transported to Northern Station and booked for aggravated assault with force. The victim was provided with a follow-up form and a victim-of-violent-crime form.


July 9, 1:51 a.m.
Bush at Webster Streets

Officers responded to a report of someone smashing vehicle windows. They found three vehicles had had their windows broken. A witness who had reported the crime via 911 told the officers that he heard the sound of glass breaking and saw two subjects using a skateboard to break the windows. He also gave the officers a description of the subjects, who were located by police. They were identified by the 911 caller, who signed a citizen’s arrest form.

The subjects were taken to Northern Station, where during a booking search of the subjects broken glass and suspected marijuana were located. The subjects were sent to County Jail.


July 19, 3 p.m.
3600 Lyon Street

An officer was sent to the Palace of Fine Arts in response to a report of a street robbery. The officer met with the victim, who said she had been walking around the Palace taking photos when a male subject between 15 and 18 years old ran up to her and pulled the camera from her, despite her efforts to hold onto it. The subject ran to a vehicle and jumped into the passenger seat, and the driver drove off.

The victim had minor scratches to her left elbow and knee but refused any medical attention.


August 14, 5:15 p.m.
2125 Chestnut at Steiner Streets

Officers responded to a report of shoplifting at the Apple Store on Chestnut Street. They met with the store’s security officer, who had detained a female suspect. The security officer told the police that he saw the suspect walk in and go to the rear of the store, where she selected a pair of headphones and left the store, passing by the registers and making no attempt to pay. Store security followed her and detained her, retrieving the headphones and notifying the police.

The suspect told the security officer that she didn’t have any money to buy the headphones. The security officer signed a citizen’s arrest form and the officers took custody of the suspect, who was cited and released from the scene.


August 20, 4:31 a.m.
Franklin at Fell Streets

An officer on uniformed patrol spotted a vehicle he believed matched the description of one involved with some prior threats with a gun on Aug. 9. The officer knew the description of the suspect and began searching for him, locating him an hour later standing near the vehicle.

The suspect was on probation and had a search condition. The officer saw two other suspects inside the vehicle, and a glass pipe was visible in the back seat. A further search of the vehicle revealed additional paraphernalia and a baggie of suspected methamphetamines. All suspects were cleared of any outstanding warrants and were cited and released from the scene.

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