UPDATE: We got our hands on 2001 SFPD General Order for BIP (that’s Bus Inspection Program), which lays out what Muni’s supposed to be getting for their millions of bucks a year.  Check it out:

The following procedures shall be followed when conducting bus inspections:

1. Each officer assigned to a radio car in a Patrol Division field assignment shall make two inspections per shift (e.g., a two-person radio car would inspect four buses).

2. Each officer assigned to a foot beat in a Patrol Division field assignment shall make: four inspections per shift.

3. Recruit officers, with Field Training Officers, shall be assigned for one full tour of duty, per phase, to exclusively ride Muni Transit within their district. Officers so assigned shall perform a BIP for every line traveled.

4. Each sergeant in a Patrol Division field assignment shall make two inspections per shift.

5. Bus inspections are “10-8” assignments.

6. The officer shall: broadcast a “903” to Dispatch when boarding a bus, state the Municipal Railway line#, the bus #, and direction of travel (inbound or outbound); and, when exiting the bus, inform Dispatch that they are “clear” of the “903.”

7. While the bus is in transit, the officer will complete: a Muni contact slip including the driver’s name and cap #. The officer shall inspect the bus for irregularities and take appropriate enforcement action for any violation.

8. It is expected that officers will be travelling on the bus for approximately five blocks on each visit.

9. If’ working with a radio car partner, the officer will exit the bus and rejoin his/her partner, who has followed the bus while in transit. If an officer is working alone, the officer can return to his/her vehicle by bus or walk the distance.

10. At the end of their shift,officers shall tum in all contact slips and unit CAD histories.

11. Any officer failing to comply with the minimums of this order as outlined in #1,#2,#3 shall prepare a memorandum to their commanding officer, prior to end of watch, as to why they were unable to meet the minimum standards of this order.

12. Units shall maintain their own contact slips for potential future audit.

13. Sergeants are to maintain constant radio contact with field units and review unit history printouts to ensure compliance. If necessary, sergeants shall direct officers to bus lines that experience more policing needs, determine most suitable times and prevent priority assignments from accumulating. Lieutenants are to ensure that each officer assigned to the field has completed two bus inspections during the tour of duty and review Muni contact slips for accuracy.

14. Commanding officers shall compile BlP statistics on the BIP Statistics Form and forward them to the Commanding Officer of the Crime Prevention Company each Monday morning, The Commanding Officer of CPC shall ensure that these statistics are distributed at the monthly Muni policing meeting.

This year, Muni reluctantly agreed to give $12 million to the SFPD to provide “police services” (that is, cops riding the bus). With that price tag rasing to 19M this year,  Supervisor Bevan Dufty called shenanigans, saying that neither he nor anyone he knows has seen any SFPD officers on Muni.

We have calls out to Dufty, but even before we talk to him, we gotta know: have you ever seen a cop working the bus?  If so, give us details in the comments!

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  • Greg Dewar

    If you read the SFPD report for the Taraval Station, sometimes you’ll read a report of a person getting an ipod or iphone stolen, and the police respond, but usually by grabbing the suspects once they’ve left the bus or train. Which is what they are supposed to do anywyay (police catch bad guys and throw ’em in jail).

    it’s a bit much what Gavin Newsom is doing…voters wanted that money to go to projects to make muni more stable and work better, NOT pay for big salaries for managers and “executives” at the Mayor’s office and around town. Gavin’s “green” cred is out the window.

  • Greg Dewar

    If you read the SFPD report for the Taraval Station, sometimes you’ll read a report of a person getting an ipod or iphone stolen, and the police respond, but usually by grabbing the suspects once they’ve left the bus or train. Which is what they are supposed to do anywyay (police catch bad guys and throw ’em in jail).

    it’s a bit much what Gavin Newsom is doing…voters wanted that money to go to projects to make muni more stable and work better, NOT pay for big salaries for managers and “executives” at the Mayor’s office and around town. Gavin’s “green” cred is out the window.

  • Pete

    Saw a cop boarding the 22 on upper Fillmore this morning. First one I’ve seen in a while.

  • Pete

    Saw a cop boarding the 22 on upper Fillmore this morning. First one I’ve seen in a while.

  • tomprete

    This was a few years back, but I used to see uniformed officers on the L-Taraval. They usually got off at West Portal if they were already aboard when I boarded, or boarded there. Used to see a K-9 team at West Portal as well, but I don’t remember if they got on the trains.

  • tomprete

    This was a few years back, but I used to see uniformed officers on the L-Taraval. They usually got off at West Portal if they were already aboard when I boarded, or boarded there. Used to see a K-9 team at West Portal as well, but I don’t remember if they got on the trains.

  • Gary Soup

    I’ve periodically seen SFPD officers boarding a bus, riding a few blocks and getting off. They appear to record their actions, so there may be a record of police-on-muni activity at SFPD. I’ve often seen them on lines that need the least police surveillance, like the 45 Union, and seldom on lines that most need it.

  • Gary Soup

    I’ve periodically seen SFPD officers boarding a bus, riding a few blocks and getting off. They appear to record their actions, so there may be a record of police-on-muni activity at SFPD. I’ve often seen them on lines that need the least police surveillance, like the 45 Union, and seldom on lines that most need it.

  • Plug1

    i see them a few time a month on the T-Willie Brown (T-Third) heading south into Bayview-HP. this generally happens on the commute home at night.

  • Plug1

    i see them a few time a month on the T-Willie Brown (T-Third) heading south into Bayview-HP. this generally happens on the commute home at night.

  • Erik

    Does the SFPD bill anyone else for policing services? Do businesses get billed if the police investigate a robbery at their store?

  • Erik

    Does the SFPD bill anyone else for policing services? Do businesses get billed if the police investigate a robbery at their store?

  • Megan Allison

    I used to see cops on buses all the time, in like 2001-03. Mostly on lines like the 22, which are surrogate SFUSD school buses in morning & mid-afternoon (another issue entirely.)

    I haven’t seen police on Muni in at least five years (was actually just reminded by this article that I used to see them at all), and I ride a wide variety of lines almost every day. Weird. IMHO, needed most on the Van Ness & Mission lines and the 9-San Bruno. (For tagging abatement if nothing else.)

  • Megan Allison

    I used to see cops on buses all the time, in like 2001-03. Mostly on lines like the 22, which are surrogate SFUSD school buses in morning & mid-afternoon (another issue entirely.)

    I haven’t seen police on Muni in at least five years (was actually just reminded by this article that I used to see them at all), and I ride a wide variety of lines almost every day. Weird. IMHO, needed most on the Van Ness & Mission lines and the 9-San Bruno. (For tagging abatement if nothing else.)

  • Jamison Wieser

    Excluding opening day on the T-Line and the day after the London Tube bombing, I can count the number of times on one finger.

    It’s not just the SFPD who’s pulling this either. General Hospital is taking another $2.5 million out of Muni, the HR Dept. is charging another $1.17 million over the original budget.

    All together, the various City Departments have added $27 million in work orders to the MTA since Prop A passed. Does anyone want to guess how funding Prop A added to the MTA?

  • Jamison Wieser

    Excluding opening day on the T-Line and the day after the London Tube bombing, I can count the number of times on one finger.

    It’s not just the SFPD who’s pulling this either. General Hospital is taking another $2.5 million out of Muni, the HR Dept. is charging another $1.17 million over the original budget.

    All together, the various City Departments have added $27 million in work orders to the MTA since Prop A passed. Does anyone want to guess how funding Prop A added to the MTA?

  • brittney

    Can’t say I have seen an officer on Muni, but I haven’t been riding long. However, there was a time recently on the 14 when a high school girl in a puffy jacket threatened to kick my ass for dropping my purse. Doesn’t sound scary, but I was pretty bugged out, and felt in danger.

  • brittney

    Can’t say I have seen an officer on Muni, but I haven’t been riding long. However, there was a time recently on the 14 when a high school girl in a puffy jacket threatened to kick my ass for dropping my purse. Doesn’t sound scary, but I was pretty bugged out, and felt in danger.

  • generic

    I can’t imagine why a post about SFPD and MUNI would spark such discussion.

  • generic

    I can’t imagine why a post about SFPD and MUNI would spark such discussion.

  • Able Dart

    In general I’ve not seen cops on the buses for about two years. More recently I’ve seen them, actually a lot of them, and regularly, on the T line.

    Reading raw memos is always enlightening. Amazing illustration of how optempo is characterized by the paperwork involved – and keep in mind this is the SF Flintstone/Keystone Kops, so it’s real paper. Every “inspection” is just another “evolution” in the patrol cycle, to coin the parlance of another large uniformed organization.

  • Able Dart

    In general I’ve not seen cops on the buses for about two years. More recently I’ve seen them, actually a lot of them, and regularly, on the T line.

    Reading raw memos is always enlightening. Amazing illustration of how optempo is characterized by the paperwork involved – and keep in mind this is the SF Flintstone/Keystone Kops, so it’s real paper. Every “inspection” is just another “evolution” in the patrol cycle, to coin the parlance of another large uniformed organization.

  • NoeValleyCat

    No. No. No. No. No.
    A thousand times NO!
    I’ve lived in the city for 10 years. I’ve taken MUNI several times a day every day since then. I’ve never even seen a cop take MUNI to get to work.

  • NoeValleyCat

    No. No. No. No. No.
    A thousand times NO!
    I’ve lived in the city for 10 years. I’ve taken MUNI several times a day every day since then. I’ve never even seen a cop take MUNI to get to work.

  • Whole Wheat Toast

    I’ve seen cops on the T before.

  • Whole Wheat Toast

    I’ve seen cops on the T before.