San Franciscans Designate 'Favorite Cop.'(San Francisco, California)

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San Franciscans Designate 'Favorite Cop.'(San Francisco, California)


"Officer Terrye Ivy is a founding member of our coalition--The Bayview Hunters Point Network for Elders--and has helped nurture and guide it from an advisory council to a non-profit agency providing much needed services to frail and isolated senior citizens. She frequently visits seniors in the neighborhood to ensure they are okay; they look forward to her warm, friendly smile and gentle manner," wrote Sharelne Simon, director, The Network for Elders, in her letter nominating Officer Terrye Ivy as San Francisco's Favorite Cop."

As a result of this letter, and dozens like it, Officer Ivy was named as the city's "Favorite Cop," an honor in which she received recognition and awards via the monthly "My Favorite Cop" program.

"Police are an integral part of the community and we must reassure the people that we are there. h is up to us to dispel the myth that we are a separate entity. We are in this together. That is why the "My Favorite Cop" award is so valuable; it brings the community and the department that much closer," noted Officer Ivy.

Launched in July 1982 by the San Francisco Police Department, in conjunction with civic leaders and local media, this monthly program is, at this point in time, the only program of its kind in the nation. "My Favorite Cop" is a cooperative effort between the private sector and the city to recognize "everyday heroes"--San Francisco's men and women in blue who have taken that "extra step" in serving their community such as volunteering in drug education programs, attending community meetings on off-duty time, and signing-up for patrol duty in problem areas.

"This is San Francisco's way of paying tribute to the hundreds of police officers who give so much to their city and its has become the cornerstone of the department's community relations program," noted Police Chief Anthony Ribera, who has been instrumental in nurturing this program as well as stimulating both civic and media support. What has surfaced from this unique program is a kind of good neighbor, good friend, good deed linkage between our police officers and San Franciscans from an walks of life--it's really quite remarkable," added Ribera.

"My Favorite Cop" is sponsored by Embarcadero Center, a major mixed-use retail, hotel, and office complex, in concert with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Associations--a group comprised of 3,000 of the city's neighborhood merchants. "It's rewarding to be a part of a program that recognizes these officers for every day valor, while helping develop a greater rapport between San Francisco's citizens and its police officers," stated Dennis Conaghan, Embarcadero Center's chief operating officer. "As one of the city's largest office and retail centers, it is vital that we give back to the community which supports us and `My Favorite Cop' is certainly an integral part in our efforts to do so," added Conaghan.

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