San Rafael Police Chief: Homelessness is Our Number One Priority

What do you think the San Rafael Police should focus on right now? Tell us in the comments!



San Rafael’s Police Chief Diana Bishop and other members of the San Rafael Police Department hosted an informal “Coffee with the Chief” session on Wednesday morning at Odalisque Café in downtown San Rafael.

The event, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., provided an opportunity for community members to meet the chief, ask questions, offer tips and share information.

We took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with Chief Bishop and find out about San Rafael Police Department’s current top priorities. See Bishop talk about her number one focus — homelessness and quality of life issues downtown — in the above video.

In the brief video, Bishop mentions the Downtown Streets Team, a program the San Rafael City Council approved earlier this year. The program, in which a group of roughly 12 homeless people work to clean up downtown in exchange for food or housing vouchers, just began its implementation downtown — have you seen the Downtown Streets Team group yet? 

Bishop said at the casual “Coffee with the Chief” meet and greet people were being supportive and friendly — she didn’t run into anyone with major issues to talk about.



Alison Hendley August 16, 2013 at 01:12 AM
The priority should be all the so called spas that are operating in the city. It's a disgrace that these rings of prostitution exist.
Joe Dunn August 16, 2013 at 09:50 AM
How about the string of burglaries in the Glenwood neighborhood?
Lynn August 16, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I visited downtown this week - the first time in months - and the vibe seems to have improved quite a lot in the past several months. So much so, that I look forward to returning to downtown businesses for my shopping, coffee, lunch, and walks with the dog. There is still work to be done, but thank you, San Rafael police, for all you are doing. It's making a difference.
Michael August 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
still no progress on cleaning up the crowds of day workers lining Andersen and Bellam. There must be some way to control or organize this so they do not line our streets. Our government nor our police seem to care about this at all. Perhaps they should try going after the contractors and developers who use these workers illegally each day. Aren't there laws against this type of hiring?
IRENE August 16, 2013 at 03:20 PM
How many people showed up at the meeting? Could there be a series of meetings? Some evening meetings would be helpful, too.


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