Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

Castro patrollers offer training Saturday

Castro Community on Patrol, a group that works to promote safety and awareness in the Castro and Duboce Triangle neighborhoods, will offer volunteer training Saturday, September 18, at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center (third floor), 1800 Market Street, from 2 to about 4:30 p.m.

The training is offered approximately every two months and is open to new volunteers as well as people wanting recertification.

The first hour covers basic self-defense techniques and what to do when encountering violence, including incidents involving weapons.

In the second part of the session, trainees will decide how to approach different scenarios, such as a home being broken into or an argument that’s about to get physical.

There are currently about 40 active members, and there are an “infinite number” of openings, said Greg Carey (pictured at left), who chairs the patrol. Patrollers work in three-person teams.

“We ask the volunteers to do one patrol a month, but sometimes people do more,” said Carey. “… The more volunteers we have, the more days we can be out on patrol.”

The group patrols primarily on weekends and does random patrols during the week.

Incidents over the summer included a gay man being beaten outside the bar 440 Castro and a fatal shooting at the Pink Saturday party in late June.

For more information about Castro Community on Patrol, go to www.castropatrol.org.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 17, 2010 @ 10:47 am PST
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