Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tenderloin patrol, 10/24/09

Saturday October 24th 2009, we the San Francisco Guardian Angels will be patrolling the Tenderloin Dist. We all arrive at the HQ for this patrol at 100%. If anyone is not at 100%, I as the chapter leader will decide on how you look and how you feel, because you cannot be injured in anyway to go out on a patrol. We get into our informs, we do prebrief, there are 14 angels today for patrol, and we hand out radios to the leaders who lead the teams. I J.D. will be lead team and Scorpion will be shadow team, we will also have one certified first aid tech on each team, now we are ready for patrol.

We march to Turk St. post up on some corners, all clear! We march to 201 Turk Apts. post up for awhile to run off the bad guys, now it to is all clear! Next we march to Van Ness before we get there we stop at a park for kids to do a search of the park for bottles, needles, and crack pipes to insure the safety of the park. It was bad; glass bottles of empty booze all over the place, so we cleaned it up. Made it to Van Ness but circle back into the Tenderloin to check out some alleyways, they are all clear. We are on Ellis St. now and this is where it happens, so we march, we post up, and we we get to Ellis & Jones, COBRA'S CORNER this is what we call it, a corner for drug deals, prostitution, and violence.

As we first get there we take a crack pipe from a user and advised him to seek help for his problem. For this street we have to post up on both sides of the street, team one on one side and team two across the street but we do keep focus on each other in case we have to back each other up. Things do calm down for a minute, and we look up the street and see undercover officer arresting a drug dealer, we decided to march on to our next block. Now we are on O'Farrell St. We post up on some corners, we talk to a few people of the neighborhood and they were so happy to see us there and thank us for doing a great job.

We then march to 631 O'Farrell Apts. post up for awhile to run off the bad guys but no bad guys here, all clear. We march on down O'Farrell St. to another kids park that we check, it to was a mess, all kinds of bottles and glass, not good for a park, but we clean it up. So we march on, we patrol the Union Square area, we patrol the Moscone Museum area, all in all we try to cover as much area as we can and more if possible because we are a foot patrol and we are the Guardian Angels. I guess now we can call it a day, and we can call it a safe day, and we can call it a day we helped our community. We get back to the HQ, we change back into our street clothes, we debrief, and we are ready and geared up for next week's patrol.

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