The San Francisco Police Department’s computer tracking system is outdated, Chief Greg Suhr acknowledged, but he said a report containing a detailed “roadmap” to fixing the problem is on its way.
Suhr said the fact that the department operates on a system originally installed in 1972 that allows police officers to mark in the computer that an arrested person is “black, white, or other,” is unacceptable.
“This department only received email last year,” he said of the department’s technology. “I am not satisfied. We are not where we should be.”
The news that the San Francisco police were misreporting ethnic statistics came to light earlier in a detailed report by The Bay Citizen. That report said the department often marks Asians as “other” and Latinos as “white.”
During a Police Commission meeting Wednesday, Suhr said a report would be compiled and presented to the citizen oversight body during its Sept. 5 meeting. Details of what the report would contain were vague, but Suhr said it would contain a “roadmap” that will take the department to where it needs to be.
Police Commission members said they were pleased to hear a report would be coming, as many of them were receiving phone calls on the subject.