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 Frequent Flyers on my foot beat in the Mission District of San Francisco all had street names that usually complimented some aspect of their appearance, attitude, looks, or other distinguishing factors. Tuue Tuue Feta Feta (whose name in Tagalog...Read more
In 1979, because of the then current fad of hijacking civilian planes to Cuba, Morocco, and other garden spots to make political statements, the FAA decided to do something. They wanted to start checking on passenger’s luggage and such. Committees...Read more
In police work, you get to meet every possible type of human being (and having worked in San Francisco for 30 years, I can authoritatively say that if space aliens ever landed in my town, no one there would ever notice). Poor,...Read more
In the Peoples Republic (Duchy?) of San Francisco back in the daze, funny cases came up regularly. I’ll pick one where the statute of limitations has hopefully expired. We were working a plainclothes “Buy/Bust” detail in Dolores Park one sunny...Read more
Sometimes an innocent clash of cultures can be more dangerous to your life and your career than a cornered drug dealer with a straight razor. The Mission District was a ground-level United Nations mixing bowl, and it seemed that every...Read more