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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...

Visitors face auto burglaries and discover SF not as safe as they thought

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. The headlines have raged: SF car break-ins up 31 percent, nearly triple in 5 years, read one. Still, few tourists seem aware that all it takes for an auto burglar to take computers, cameras and whatever else is lying around a locked car is to smash the window...

Northern Station beat officers bond with community in SF’s Japantown

Officer Shawn Fulgado, 45, used to go to Japantown Bowl with his father, Max, who worked maintenance in Japan Center. His work partner, 38-year-old Officer Yuka Nagamine spent her early years in Japantown because her parents worked and owned restaurants in the area. Besides a beat, they share a nostalgia. “The bowling alley isn’t there anymore,” he said. “Yeah, we...

A captain’s-eye-view of SF’s Northern police district

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. A year and a half ago, Capt. John Jaimerena took command of San Francisco’s Northern District Police Station. And what a year it has been — auto break-ins are up, and more homeless residents are living on the streets. “We came in first place at Northern Station...

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...