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Former Mission Station Capt. Dan Perea, above, will be succeeded in the position by new Capt. Bill Griffin. (2016 Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
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Three new San Francisco police station captains were named by Chief William Scott on Friday as part of a recent shift in department leadership.

Every promotion upward leaves empty positions to fill, and this latest moves comes in the wake of a series of recent promotions.

Richmond Station’s Capt. Paul Yep, who had been in the position since mid-2016, was named captain of the Central Station, meaning the station that oversees Chinatown and North Beach will once against be led by an Asian captain. Capt. David Lazar, who was made commander of the department’s newly created Community Relations Unit, was
the previous captain of Central Station.

Major Crimes Unit Capt. Alexa O’Brien, who worked in the Investigations Bureau, was given her first command of a station house and will take over at Richmond Station for Yep.

Capt. Bill Griffin will now head Mission Station, which had been headed by Capt. Daniel Parea since 2014, who has since been promoted to commander. Griffin had previously been stationed at the San Francisco International Airport Bureau.

“These transfers are part of Chief Scott’s organizational plan to place members into positions that enhance organizational effectiveness giving the department the best opportunity to implement reforms, service the needs of our communities and build the skills of talented police managers,” reads a statement from the department.

Scott, who recently promoted former Acting Chief Toney Chaplin to assistant chief, said to a Bayview audience at a Town Hall on Thursday night that criticism of his choices for promotion are unfounded.

Critics have said the appointments are a continuation of the era of former Chief Greg Suhr, but Scott said that is incorrect; whomever he promotes will have come up under Suhr.

Suhr, who led the department during a scandal-plagued era, resigned in May 2016 after the third fatal police shooting in six months killed a woman in the Bayview.

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