Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cost of 30 SFPD Cops On-Duty at SF Giants Opening Day?

Last I heard, the owners of our dynastic World Series-winning local baseball team have millions in various banks and can afford expensive players of the game, so why can't they provide their own security guards at home games? I'd be happy if they reimbursed us taxpayers for using our police force as their public safety control agents, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

We don't know what the cost was for at least thirty, perhaps more, SFPD officers and such for last month's big first game of the season. Let's follow my email trail with the department:

"The San Francisco Police Department (“SFPD”) received your Public Records Act request on April 17, 2015. On April 27, 2015, SFPD invoked an extension of time.

"You requested 'Records related to the SFPD’s involvement at the San Francisco Giant’s opening day on April 13, 2015.' In response to your request, SFPD's response is below.

"1. Your requested 'Names of all officers or personnel, their divisions or bureaus, assigned to the ball park and their duties that day.' Please find attached a responsive spreadsheet, including names of officers, their divisions and duties. The Department is still in the process of reviewing additional responsive documents, to include total number of officers and costs.

"We will endeavor to produce records, for requests numbered 1 and 2, cost of total police time and expenses for SFPD coverage at the game, on an incremental or rolling basis, once the information becomes available. 

"3. You requested 'Copies of all videos recorded and duplicates of all photos snapped. For the last item, I wish to receive those materials in their native format.' Two (2) CDs which include photos and video of the San Francisco Giants opening day, on April 13, 2015, will be provided."

Let's see how much longer it takes for the department to determine total number of officers at the game and the tab to taxpayers. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Michael Strickland said...

You might also want to request a listing of how many police were sent to the World Golf Championship at Harding park each day a week ago. I counted something like 30-40 each day, doing absolutely nothing but riding around in carts and getting in everyone's way. It looked like Event Extortion by San Francisco's finest once again.