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SF police often offer confusing or no information on community advisory boards

First-year Police Chief, Bill Scott, wasn’t the first thing San Francisco stole from Los Angeles. In 2009, the department opened their station doors to a community advisory board model followed by the Los Angeles Police Department. In theory, the city’s 10 district captains appoint a representative group of neighborhood stakeholders to meet, discuss community issues and take action to address...

SFPD stations offer few places to sit and not much information

What happens at a police station? Or, here’s a better question: what should happen there? If you walked into most of the 10 district stations in San Francisco, your answer would likely be as short as you’d hope your visit would be. The station lobbies are, with some exceptions, furnished with hard surfaces, little light, and there’s often little information...

Most SF police stations falter in communicating with residents (update)

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Update: 2/12/18 Since publishing this piece on December 5th, all of the district station’s have taken a page from Bayview’s use of Mailchimp and residents can now sign up easily for a newsletter for any or all of the ten stations. The links to sign  up are all...

Tensions at Central Station meeting over disruptive homeless residents

Covering the Police is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. The Central Station police meeting Thursday evening was supposed to cover crime and homelessness throughout the entire police district. Instead, concerns over two people dominated the 75-minute session. One was a woman who hangs out around the 1700 block of Sacramento Street, allegedly offering drug-laced cigarettes to...

SF Coffee with a Cop yields casual chatter, questions about homicides

Officers Viet Ha and Joseph Dal Porto were prepared to have coffee with the residents of the Tenderloin who wandered into the Peet’s on Market Street when a woman approached them.   “Excuse me?” she asked tentatively. “There is a homeless man exposing himself in the BART station.” It was a not-so-perfect start to Coffee with a Cop, a National...

The Tasers SF proposes buying are backed by few studies

To Rick Smith, the founder and chief executive officer of Axon, which manufactures Tasers, electricity is not something to be feared, but revered. Electricity offers life. Without it, Smith wrote in 2007, “Earth would be nothing but a barren rock in the cosmos.” And Smith has long been determined to prove this point, arguing that equipping law enforcement with the...

Tasers in SF: The view from North Beach and Russian Hill

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  On the foggy Wednesday morning after last week’s public hearing in which more than 100 residents made it clear that they largely oppose Tasers and distrust the police,...