Chief of S.F's Northern District station leaving

The captain of one of San Francisco’s busiest police stations will be leaving his post, but the Police Department remains tight-lipped about reasons why.

Capt. Kevin Dillon, who has been at the helm of the Northern District police station, will be reassigned, police confirmed Thursday. Police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens refused to elaborate on reasons behind what he termed a “personnel matter.”

“Lieutenants and captains are subject to rotation,” Gittens said. “This is not an isolated situation. There will be other changes made in addition to this one.”

Dillon, who has been in charge of the station for about three years, has had to contend with a surge in violence in the Western Addition as well as a recent spate of armed robberies in the Marina district.

Union chief Gary Delagnes, president of the San Francisco PoliceOfficers Association, said he thought Dillon was transferred due to mounting pressure on the station’s limited resources, caused by legislation mandating foot patrols, as well as recent directives to post stationary officers on problematic corners of the Western Addition.

On Tuesday, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier filed a letter of inquiry calling for a review of the impact of foot patrol legislation. The letter asks whether patrol officers were removed from the Marina and Cow Hollow neighborhoods as an effect of the legislation, passed in January.

“One of the first casualties is the Marina district. I agree with Michela Alioto-Pier that they’re probably not getting the police service they deserve. I attribute that to [Supervisor Ross] Mirkarimi’s legislation that mandates four cops standing in one spot all day,” Delagnes said.

Mirkarimi brushed aside the notion that strained resources led to Dillon’s move. “I never mandated that four cops stand in one spot all day. That’s something the chief mandated because seven children got shot in nine hours. … It was just last week that the mayor and the chief assigned 37 more officers to other stations,” Mirkarimi said.

Mayor Gavin Newsom declined to comment Thursday, saying he would wait until police Chief Heather Fong made a public announcement.

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