Crime Strategies & Neighborhood Prosecutors

San Francisco is a city of diverse residents, diverse communities – and diverse public safety problems faced by our neighborhoods. But many of the public safety issues that most affect a particular community’s quality of life do not necessarily translate to high-profile cases and jury trials.

Our community stakeholders – residents, merchants, and neighborhood organizations – are uniquely important sources of information regarding these issues. And they are essential partners in generating solutions. 

In 2014, District Attorney George Gascón established the Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) with the mission to conceive, develop, and implement innovative strategies and programs that improve public safety through the efficient prevention, investigation, and prosecution of crime. CSU is a multi-disciplinary team of Neighborhood Prosecutors, analysts and investigators that uses a data-driven approach to resourcefully address chronic crime. Neighborhood Prosecutors work shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement partners, neighborhood stakeholders, and the community to develop long lasting solutions to the City’s major crime issues. They also work to build connections between the SFDA and community stakeholders, enhancing the accessibility of the criminal justice system, and strengthening the community’s trust. Neighborhood Prosecutors spend the majority of their time out in the field looking for ways to promote public safety through meaningful community engagement and enforcement.

Neighborhood Prosecutors also charge appropriate cases through the traditional court process and, in certain instances, personally handle those cases that are of particular importance to their neighborhood.

There are five Neighborhood Prosecutors, each assigned to specific police districts:

Bayview Police District
Tiffany Sutton, (415) 551-9806
tiffany.sutton@sfgov.org

Central and Northern Police Districts
Karen Catalona, (415) 551-9503
karen.catalona@sfgov.org

Ingleside and Tenderloin Police Districts
Archie Wong, (415) 603-7645
archie.wong@sfgov.org

Mission and Southern Police Districts
Justine Cephus, (415) 734-3058
justine.cephus@sfgov.org

Park, Richmond and Taraval Police Districts
Marc Massarweh, (415) 553-4930
marc.massarweh@sfgov.org