Community policing is all about engaging more with residents and San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr has implemented a defined community policing policy as part of the department’s general order.
Suhr said most officers already are model community policing police officers but others have some work to do.
“There are an ocean of San Francisco officers … that conduct themselves exactly like this. And for them this is not a change on how they will do the day-to-day business,” Suhr said. “There are other officers who may be less engaging, or less gregarious than some other officers and this is going to have to make them try and find their Chi, if you will, to raise the bar.”
Suhr’s comments came during Thursday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee hearing on legislation introduced by Supervisor David Campos that would have required the adoption of a community policing policy. Campos praised Suhr for adoption of the policy even before the legislation was adopted.
Community policing is often a buzz word thrown around, but hard to define. Campos explained that now that community policing has been defined and is a general order it “has to be followed and complied with by all the officers.” The policy includes such things as interaction with youth, communication with the community and walking foot beats.