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New Mission Station captain, Mission Housing managers meet

Commander Daniel Parea (back row, left) and Captain Bill Griffin (right) of the San Francisco Police Department visit with Mission Housing managers Julie Sontag (front row, left), Marcía Contreras and Bhanu Patel. Photo by Tony Bear!

Meeting with police leadership is part of transition at Mission Station

Friday, March 17, the new head of the San Francisco Police Department’s Mission Station, Captain Bill Griffin, visited with managers of Mission Housing Development Corporation. The meeting was an opportunity to get acquainted, and to discuss concerns and issues facing Mission Housing residents, and the Mission District at large.

Griffin, previously captain at the San Francisco International Airport Bureau, is one of three new San Francisco police station captains named by Chief William Scott last week.

Also present for the discussion was the previous captain of Mission Station since 2014, Daniel Parea. Parea was recently promoted to commander.

“We have built a great relationship between the police and our residents, under Captain Parea’s leadership over the last few years,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services. “We congratulate him on being promoted to commander.”

The meeting, which lasted about an hour, covered a range of topics.

“This was an excellent opportunity to learn about Captain Griffin’s viewpoints, values and priorities for his team at Mission Station,” said Contreras. “We also gained a greater understanding of how we can work in partnership at servicing the needs of our community.”

Officers from the Mission Station routinely visit Mission Housing communities like Valencia Gardens, bearing gifts and candies during the holidays. Residents often connect with officers on foot patrol.

“Our efforts to build collaboration with SFPD has led to more of our residents being comfortable with officers, which contributes to making our properties and neighborhoods secure. This meeting gives us great optimism that we will continue to develop a stronger working relationship with SFPD to the benefit of our residents and surrounding communities,” said Contreras.

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