As you know, one of the most buzzed-about phenomena of the late spring and summer in the Castro is one Officer Chris Kohrs, age 36, whom the internet has dubbed The Hot Cop of Castro. He has a Facebook fan page, and today there are even more photos of him floating around Queerty, including the one above, shirtless at Ocean Beach. Kohrs has been taking his 15 minutes of fame in stride and is pretty humble about it, though he seems to enjoy the positive attention. And today, I got him on the phone for an exclusive interview that I'm sure you've all been dying to read, so I'll stop with the preamble.
SFist: How long have you been on the force and working at Park Station?
Officer Chris Kohrs: I've been with the force for a little over six years. I started off at Northern Station, did my probation at Tenderloin Station, and then moved to Park.
How long have you been on the Castro beat? This is all just special overtime in conjunction with the sidewalk construction, is that correct?
Yes, that is correct. I think the first time I went out there to conduct traffic control was mid-May-ish. Not sure exactly.
How much longer do you think you'll be around the neighborhood?
It's whenever the project gets done. I've heard it might get pushed out until October 1st.
I haven't been called over there in quite a while. It used to be very frequent, but recently they haven't needed us for whatever reason. I used to get called there about twice a month, during the construction.
What's the weirdest/funniest thing you've had to deal with so far?
I'm not used to a lot of people coming up to me and taking pictures and things like that. I'm happy to do that. But — just the amount of people — it's flattering. But that was something I had to get used to working in that neighborhood.
How about at Park Station?
Well, I get made fun of a lot! I get teased a lot by my coworkers. Overall they've been really supportive, but I get pictures drawn up of me, I get called a new nickname every day. It's all in good fun though.
You've been pretty flattered by all the Facebook and blog attention I guess?
Yeah, I'm flattered by it. I'm thankful for all the people out there who are so supportive. [Laughs] I appreciate your support!
You're straight yourself, correct?
I am straight.
But I know there are a number of LGBT beat cops in the Castro vicinity. A couple of them have been reaching out to us, in the wake of all this, because they want us to give them some attention too.
I really think you should! I definitely don't need any more attention as much as I like it, please give it to them [laughs]! I think it'd be much more well deserved.
What brought you to the police force?
I was working for Genentech at the time, and they were going through some major changes, doing some restructuring in my department. It seemed like it was probably the right time to look for something else. I had a couple of friends who were in law enforcement and they said, 'Hey I think you'd like this job.' I applied, they accepted me, and I never looked back.
What do you like most about being a cop in San Francisco?
There's a lot of things. I really like interacting with the community. As police officers, we are called upon to respond to some pretty bad situations. Although we can't reverse what's been done, we try to make a bad situation better. And when we can do that, it gives me a lot of self-satisfaction.
Fairly recently, I was conducting traffic control at Market and 4th Street. I saw a marked unit pull over a car near where I was standing, and I kind kept them in the corner of my eye, just in case things went sideways. The guy gets out of his car, and sure enough I see him lunge toward his backseat. I run over there to assist, get him in cuffs. And I open his back door to see what he was lunging for, and there was a fully locked and loaded assault rifle. Considering this guy's mental state, I'm just glad we got to him before he got to his destination. For the time being he's been separated from his rifle, and he's currently getting the psych meds that he needs.
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. (Dad was in the military.) But I grew up in Belmont, CA, and in Minnesota.
Where do you live now?
I live right by Candlestick, some condos right next to the ballpark.
You married? Live alone?
No, I'm single.
You looking forward to Candlestick getting torn down right in your backyard?
Yeah, you know it's not being used for anything right now. Hopefully they'll tear it down and build something useful. We don't have a grocery store over here, or a Starbucks. We don't have much of anything. So, anything would be better. Maybe they're going to build more condos, I don't know. But do something with it!
Tell me about your workout routine?
I try to get to the gym two to three times a week. I do weight lifting, cycling. I jog sometimes too.
Only two to three times a week. That's not much!
It's enough. When I do work out, I'm usually there for about an hour and a half. It's a long one.
Do you wear sunscreen when you're out there on the job?
Sometimes I do. Sometimes I just forget. I try to remember.
Any words of advice for prospective police officers who might want to apply to the SFPD?
You know, if you like helping people, and you like a little bit of an adrenaline rush once in a while, I urge you to apply.
Previously: Photos: Hot Cop Of Castro Gets Facebook Fan Page