WE BELIEVE IN KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE

Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) members are unpaid community volunteers who make a positive difference in the Castro neighborhood.

Deploying regular weekly uniformed and visible “Safety Patrols” of three members, Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) offers general safety information and guidance, advice, and an extra set of “eyes and ears” for the community.  Our Patrollers encourage good behavior and our presence helps to prevent, or quickly address, bad behavior in the neighborhood.  As unpaid community volunteers, we don’t physically break up fights or make arrests, but since 2006 we have had a significant positive impact on the overall safety of the Castro neighborhood. And of course, when we need to, we can immediately call on the services of the professional responders in the Police and Fire Departments that we work closely with.

BEYOND PATROLLING

Beyond our primary Patrolling function, we also support many other community events and organizations.  As a fully qualified CCOP Patroller you will have the opportunity to support remembrance vigils (Pulse, Harvey Milk etc.), participate in rally events (Prop 8, Patriot Prayer), and help community events succeed (Sisters Easter in the Park, Castro Street Fair) throughout every year. The number and variety of these events just seems to grow with each passing year, which we love.

CCOP is also recognized as a leading organization in the promotion and advancement of general safety and security for the Castro neighborhood, implementing a number of unique programs including the Castro Business Watch, and partnering with other groups to support initiatives such as the  Castro Cares program.

Becoming a Patroller with CCOP will offer you many varied opportunities to volunteer and support the Castro neighborhood in a positive and affirming way. Patrolling is also a lot of fun, and you will make some great new friends among the other Patrollers.

A PROGRAM OF SF SAFE

CCOP is a program of, and is fiscally sponsored by, SAFE.  SAFE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  We are funded in part by a small annual grant from the city, half of which pays for our part time staff member and the other half pays for  uniform costs and the 100K plus FREE whistles we distribute when on patrols and at events.  We also rely heavily on fundraising and donations from members of the community we serve.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Our Patrol Chief’s and Board of Advisers are responsible for the strategic development and day to day operations of CCOP.  All are unpaid volunteers who donate a considerable amount of time, energy and experience towards keeping CCOP relevant and effective in the ever changing dynamic of the Castro / Duboce Triangle neighborhood.  .  We have seven Board of Adviser positions available but have only filled four of those positions at the present time.

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  1. Greg Carey,  Chairperson (Chr.)
  2. Ken Craig,  Vice Chairperson (VChr.)
  3. Brian Hill,  Assistant Vice Chairperson (AVChr.)
  4. Kyle Wong,  Board of Advisers (BoA)
  5. Dan CooneyBoard of Advisers (BoA)
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PATROL DIVISION

  1. Greg Carey,  Chief of Patrol (Chf.)
  2. Ken Craig,  Deputy Chief of Patrol (DChf.)
  3. Brian Hill,  Deputy Chief of Patrol (DChf.)
  4. Kyle Wong, Assistant Deputy Chief (ADChf.)
  5. Dan CooneySenior Patroller (SPtlr.)
  6. Marcus PonceSenior Patroller (SPtlr.)

BIOS

Greg Carey

Joined CCOP:  2007

Position:

  • Chief of Patrol – Patrol Division
  • Chairperson of the Board of Adivsers – Administration Division
  • Director of Public Relations & Media Relations

CCOP Awards / Recognition:

  • 10 year Continuous Service Pin (2017)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Commendation Bar (2013),
  • Outstanding Commitment Commendation Bar (2013)
  • 5 year Continuous Service Pin (2012),

Other Awards / Recognition:

  • 12/16/2012 – Certificate of Sainthood – Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Greg (Greggy) Carey was born in South Dakota. He was educated at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, studying Electrical Engineering. He worked at Sencore Electronics in Sioux Falls, SD for 19 years, serving several roles including technical writer and editor, field trainer, and corporate video producer.

He moved to Bay Area of California in 1973 before returning to Sioux Falls 2 years later. He met his current partner Rahn Anderson in 1977. They were legally married in San Francisco in 2008. In 1978 he was one of the founding members of the Sioux Empire Gay and Lesbian Coalition (SEGLC) and in 1985 founded the first AIDS support group in South Dakota, the Eastern Dakota AIDS Network (EDAN). He “retired” from gay activation when he and Rahn moved to California in 1991.

Greggy and Rahn began producing a series of video documentaries for the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco (MCC-SF) in 1997, winning 3 Telly awards as a result. He began working for Cisco Systems in San Jose in 1999 where he is currently a Metrics Analyst in the Learning and Development Solutions Group.

In 2007 he trained to become a member of the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) and has been the Diamond Heights coordinator since 2010 and is an active member of the Diamond Heights Disaster Ready workgroup (http://disasterreadydhsf.com).

In 2007 he became a volunteer with the Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP). A short time later he joined the Board, and in 2008 became its Chair. He is also a member of the SFPD/LGBT Police Forum and the San Francisco District Attorney LGBT Forum.

Ken Craig

Joined CCOP:  2006 (Original founding member of CCOP)

Position:

  • Deputy Chief of Patrol – Patrol Division
  • Vice Chairperson of the Board of Advisers – Administrative Division
  • Director of Volunteer Training, Certification & Emergency Services Liaison
  • Knight Commander of the Castro Order (KCCO)

CCOP Awards / Recognition:

  • 10 year Continuous Service Pin (2016)
  • Founding Member Plaque (2016),
  • Outstanding Dedication 10 years Trophy (2016),
  • Outstanding Volunteer Commendation Bar (2013),
  • Outstanding Commitment Commendation Bar (2013),
  • Training Instructor Commendation Bar (2013),
  • 5 year Continuous Service Pin (2012),
  • Certificate of Appreciation (2008),

Other Awards & Recognition:

  • 10/21/2018 – Certificate of Appreciation – SFPD Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
  • 01/27/2017 – Certificate of Recognition – California State Senate
  • 01/27/2017 – Certificate of Recognition – California State Assembly
  • 01/27/2017 – Certificate of Honor – Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
  • 01/27/2017 – Certificate of Honor – City Assessor – Recorder, City and County of San Francisco
  • 01/27/2017 – Exemplary ALERT Leadership Trophy – Neighborhood Empowerment Network
  • 10/02/2016 – Certificate of Recognition – California State Senate
  • 07/12/2014 – Certificate of Completion – Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations Citizens Academy (San Francisco)
  • 12/18/2013 – Certificate of Completion – SFPD Citizens Academy
  • 04/13/2013 – Certificate of Completion – SFPD Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
  • 12/16/2012 – Certificate of Sainthood – Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • 06/18/2012 – Certificate of Recognition – San Francisco District Attorney
  • 05/31/2012 – Certificate of Recognition – Safety Awareness For Everyone
  • 05/31/2012 – Certificate of Recognition – California State Assembly
  • 03/17/2012 – Certificate of Completion – Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)
  • 10/26/2011 – Certificate of Creative Genius – SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team
  • 11/02/2008 – Certificate of Recognition – Safety Awareness For Everyone
  • 08/15/2007 – Certificate of Completion – SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT)

Ken is one of the original founding members of Castro Community On Patrol, and the only founding member who remains actively involved with the organization as a volunteer and Patroller.

As a Grand Master instructor of martial arts and head of Triangle Martial Arts Association when CCOP was being formed in mid 2006, Ken was asked to attend and speak at the very first public meeting at Joe’s Barber Shop on 17th Street in the Castro. Shortly after that meeting an organizing group was formed and Ken was asked to develop the volunteer training materials for a walking safety patrol.  The training content and concept was then approved by the San Francisco Police Department and by SF Safety Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) who remain our primary fiscal sponsors.  Ken led the very first volunteer training class for CCOP on November 11, 2006 certifying the first 23 volunteers for patrol, and he has conducted every subsequent volunteer training class since then as our director of Volunteer Training and Certification for CCOP.

Ken was born and raised in Scotland in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireleand – making him both Scottish and British (which confuses many people.)  He joined the Corps of Royal Military Police at 17 1/2, a part of the British Army.  When he left the military he worked at the Royal Navy Nuclear Submarine Base, at Faslane in Scotland during their Trident missile expansion, and subsequently at the Royal Naval Armaments Depot in Coulport also in Scotland.  He subsequently worked as a lead systems engineer at the Nuclear Electric Pressure Water Reactor project expansion in Knutsford, England;  at Allegehney Power in Pittsburg, PA;  at AIL Defense Systems on the B1 bomber project on Long Island, NY;  at Exxon Company USA in Benecia, CA; and BayTec Engineering in Napa, CA which worked in the bio-tech field.

Ken holds a 9th Degree black belt in the Korean HapMoosaKi-Do martial art;  a 9th Degree black belt in the YongChul-Do martial art;  and an 8th Degree black belt in the Korean TaeKwon-Do martial art – all of which are Grand Master rankings.  Ken is a Knight Commander of the Triangle Order, Knight Commander of the Castro Order, and a Saint “Serve and Protect of the Castro Beat” of the Order of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Ken is also heavily involved in many other community service activities:

Ken lives and works in San Francisco in the Rincon Hill neighborhood with his husband, Paul whom he met in 1997.  Ken & Paul were married at San Francisco City Hall on October 30, 2008 just slipping in under the wire before the contentious Proposition 8 passed two days later.  Ken became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on August 15, 2012.

Brian Hill

Joined CCOP:  2009

Position:

  • Deputy Chief of Patrol – Patrol Division
  • Assistant Vice Chairperson – Administrative Division
  • Director of IT Support & Electronic Communications

CCOP Awards / Recognition:

  • 5 year Continuous Service Pin (2014)
  • 3 year Continuous Service Pin (2012)

Kyle Wong

Joined CCOP:  2014

Position:

  • Assistant Deputy Chief of Patrol – Patrol Division
  • Board of Advisers Member – Administrative Division
  • Staff Officer – Administrative assistant to the Patrol Chiefs and Board of Advisers
  • Castro Sentinel Guardian (CSG)
  • Knight of the Castro Order (CSG)

CCOP Awards / Recognition:

  • Promoted to Assistant Deputy Chief (ADChf.) of Patrol 06/2017
  • Outstanding Volunteerism Commendation Pin for 100 patrol credits (2016)
  • Patroller of the Year (2016)
  • Patroller of the Year (2015)
  • Promoted to Senior Patroller (SPtlr.)  03/2016
  • Appointment to CCOP Board of Advisers  04/2015
  • Graduated CCOP Basic Training Class 043  11/11/2014

Dan Cooney

Joined CCOP:  2017

Position:

  • Senior Patroller – Patrol Division

CCOP Awards / Recognition:

  • Promoted to Senior Patroller (SPtlr.) 03/2019
  • Castro Sentinel (CS)

Marcus Ponce

Joined CCOP:  2017

Position:

  • Senior Patroller – Patrol Division

CCOP Awards / Recognition:

  • Promoted to Senior Patroller (SPtlr.) – 03/2019

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