Dufty urges protections for patrol specials 

Supervisor Bevan Dufty introduced a resolution Tuesday urging protections for the 161-year-old Patrol Special Police, who are overseen by the San Francisco Police Department.

Dufty said this group is not afforded the same protections of other workers and wants to see that change, ensuring that the penalties for assaulting the patrol specials in the line of duty are as severe as for assaulting police officers, animal control officers and parking control officers, among others.

He told a story about a recent incident, in which Patrol Special Officer Jane Warner was assaulted in the line of duty outside of an establishment on Market Street on Christmas Day. An individual who was intoxicated -- who had previously been arrested two years earlier for an assault outside of a bar in the Castro -- had been in a brawl. When she went to assist him, he assaulted her and broke her arm.

It sounds like the District Attorney isn’t taking the assault lightly. Dufty said the guy was hit with nine counts.

“I’m introducing today a resolution which asks the Police Commission and the Chief of Police to take actions that would provide the same protections” that exist for the “San Francisco police department officers and a number of others who are protected under state code from being assaulted in the line of duty,” he said.

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