A few changes have been instituted at the San Francisco Police Department’s media relations unit since police Chief George Gascón took over one year ago. The unit used to be called public affairs, for one.
But now more information is being released to the public when it comes to crimes, thanks to another Los Angeles import.
The Los Angeles Police Department has a glossy, 43-page manual used to provide information to the public and the press. While the SFPD had generally taken information dissemination on a case-by-case basis, this LAPD manual (PDF) is precise down to the tiniest detail.
This reporter just happened to see the manual in a stack of papers held by a SFPD spokesperson, who in fact confirmed that the manual is being used as a framework for The City.