Dave Oberhoffer started a law-enforcement career in 1979, having survived the Vietnam War, and owning an Irish Pub. His San Francisco Police Department assignments were: Walking a foot-beat, numerous sector car assignments, and Vice and Narcotics work. As an Inspector, he was then assigned to the Special Investigations Division for five years. This was followed by work as a Squad Sergeant running a team in the housing projects on Potrero Hill. As a Lieutenant, he ran the Records Division, the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (CSI), and was a Watch Commander in four different districts, retiring at the San Francisco Airport. After retirement, Dave had a cup-of-coffee as a small-town Chief of Police, and then taught Law Enforcement Studies at several Bay Area Colleges.
The above quote was originally attributed to a British politician named Gladstone circa 1868, but to a student of American socio-political history such as myself, it came most singingly prominent when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote it down while...Read more
If you are doing traffic enforcement, sooner or later you are going to get a "runner." If you are going to pursue these minor-league violators, you have to keep in mind: The safety of the general motoring and pedestrian public....Read more
The Golden Gate Bridge in my City is a world-renowned iconic image. Uncounted photos, postcards, movies, and songs have been created to celebrate its enduring beauty. In contrast, the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge on the eastern side of...Read more
When you walk my City, all 46.9 square miles of it for as many years as I did when I was a beat cop, you get to know the place literally from the sidewalks up. San Francisco is by record...Read more
I had checked off for my lunch break as Watch Commander at Taraval Police Station in San Francisco at about 1500 hrs and was recreationally shopping at the nearby Macy’s. My westside district was chronically understaffed because, according to Police...Read more
When politicians get stars in their eyes, especially if it involves 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC, then local city budget restrictions get ignored. In San Francisco, California, then Mayor Diane Feinstein was a fast rising star in Democratic politics...Read more