This week I would like highlight the Bay Guardian’s article titled “On a Mission” written by Tim Redmond. The article, from the Guardian’s March 13-19 issue, focuses on the work of Officers David Sands and John Cathey from Mission Station. Officers Cathey and Sands are Mission Station Gang Enforcement Officers. Officers Cathey and Sands spend their shift contacting gang members and at risk youth. Sometimes they make arrests for violations of the law. Other times they check in to see how people are doing. Occasionally they are able to help these young people get a job and offer them an alternative to street life. About a year and a half ago, Officers Cathey and Sands became tired of arresting the same people repeatedly. It was at that time that they approached Supervisor David Campos and asked him for help. Supervisor Campos sponsored a program which allows Officers Cathey and Sands to refer gang members to a job program. In exchange, the gang members agree to stay away from the gang life. Mr. Redmond spent a day and a half riding with Officers Sands and Cathey and wrote about his experience and the program. I encourage you all to read his article.
Have a great weekend,
Captain Bob Moser