Current events underscore the extreme danger officers face on a daily basis

Police officers are always exposed to the dangers of the job. We understand, acknowledge, and respect the oath we take to protect and serve. Violence against police officers is up nationwide and routine calls for service can turn deadly in an instant. We’re glad to hear that the officers involved in these latest incidents are recovering; it could have easily gone the other way. It’s an acute reminder to be safe out there and take care of each other.

To those who support the police and the community service we provide, we wholeheartedly thank you. For those who question us, we are here for you, too. We remain committed to our efforts to make our communities safe in the face of adversity and change.

Daryl Turner, President
Portland Police Association

Officer Kevin Downs, wounded last weekend by a gunman, has been with the SFPD for two years; his father is a retired San Francisco police officer.


“The gunshot was nearly fatal; the outcome would have been different had the bullet been one centimeter down.” – Interim San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin

“Each day, the members of the San Francisco Police Department face uncertainty and danger with the purpose of protecting our city and its residents.” – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Full Story >>> SF GATE: SF officer, a ‘resilient young man’

Officers were on a coffee break at a local Starbucks when a man walked in and tried to shoot them.


“We’re relieved this wasn’t a tragedy and our officers weren’t assassinated. Here were two officers on a break, ambushed by a man with superior firepower.” – Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou

Full Story >>> SF GATE: Assassination attempt on Vallejo cops

Hamed Aleaziz (2016, October 16). SF officer, expected to survive shooting, a ‘resilient young man.’ SF Gate. Retrieved from

Evan Sernoffsky and Chris Preovolos (2016, October 17). Assassination attempt on Vallejo cops linked to boy’s shooting. SF Gate. Retrieved from