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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...

SFPD Park Station captain reassigned, replacement takes over on Saturday

At the Park Station monthly meeting, Capt. John Sanford stood in front of a group of fewer than 10 people and announced that, after three years, he had been reassigned.  On Saturday, he will be replaced by Capt. Una Bailey from the Investigations Division for Special Victims. Sanford is headed to the Community Engagement Division, where he will work under...

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...

National training experts weigh in on SFPD Taser adoption

As the San Francisco Police Commission decides whether to equip the SFPD with Tasers, two national experts reforming traditional police training see a place for Tasers on an officer’s tool belt – but one also viewed them as less than critical. However, both agreed that training was key to using Tasers effectively. Sue Rahr, the director of the Washington State...

Asian American family honored for standing by Black Lives Matter

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.  The Monday after a car drove into a crowd of protestors in Charlottesville, a hate letter was delivered to the home of San Francisco resident, Debbie Lee —...

Exclusive: Police Seized Man’s Massive Arsenal from SF Home One Month Prior to Lethal Standoff

Cops took a man’s guns and nearly 28,000 bullets. His family claimed he “heard voices” and was a danger to himself and others. He was free within days. Now he’s the prime suspect in a woman’s shooting. What happened?   OnJuly 31, police resolved a tense, 15-hour standoff at 2443 15th St., but not before an elderly woman was shot...