05/02/06 06-048

05/02/06 06-048


May 02, 2006

Subject:     San Francisco Police Officer Dies During Training Exercise

A 15-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department collapsed at a Canine Unit training exercise on Treasure Island last night, May 1, at around 9:00 P.M.  Sergeant Darryl Tsujimoto was transported to San Francisco GeneralHospital, after officers who were working with him immediately attempted CPR.  Further life-saving techniques by medical staff at the hospital were unsuccessful.


Sergeant Tsujimoto, 41, had been the officer-in-charge of the Tactical Company Canine Unit since April 1999. Under his leadership the unit gained national recognition, winning many gold medals in canine unit competitions.  Sergeant Tsujimoto was a member of the 169th Recruit Class.  During his career, he served with distinction at Mission, Taraval and Park stations, and with the Tenderloin Task Force.  He also performed tours of duty at Narcotics and Vice.  Sergeant Tsujimoto was promoted to Sergeant in June 1996 and to Inspector in June 2001.


“The suddenness of the death of Sergeant Tsujimoto has been a great blow to the Police Department,” said Police Chief Heather Fong.  “Sergeant Tsujimoto made the Tactical Canine Unit a showpiece for the Department, and brought distinction to his assignments during his police career.  His passing has immeasurably saddened all of us.”


Services are pending. 


For more information, please contact:


SFPD Public Affairs


Sergeant Darryl Tsujimoto

850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103
Tel (415) 553-1651 / Fax (415) 553-9229
email: [email protected]