If you watch too many crime shows, you may have the impression that if a woman is raped at midnight, the DNA test results are back the next morning.
Not so in San Francisco, where police might not even pick up a rape kit from the hospital for nearly a week, and the subsequent DNA test can take months to complete. Read More
Getting San Francisco’s crime lab to speed up its DNA testing has had nearly enough twists and turns to make a double helix — but progress is finally being made, police say.
For months, the San Francisco Police Department has been outsourcing DNA testing work in an attempt to reduce their testing backlog.
But this was intended to be only a temporary solution: the department promised to hire three new DNA technicians, which would allow the crime lab to take back most or all of Read More
A man was shot dead on a Mission district sidewalk around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.The man, who has yet to be identified, was killed in the area of Mission and 17th streets, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Cops are hunting two thugs who fled on foot after the brazen shooting. There have been no arrests, police said.Further information was not immediately email@example.com Read More
Police Chief George Gascón vehemently denied that a major investigation was taking place at the Police Department involving narcotics and money laundering, claiming his words Wednesday to the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association Board of Directors were taken out of context. Read More
San Francisco police will attend a memorial service on Friday to mourn former police Chief Alex Fagan, who passed away last week.Fagan, a 31-year veteran who served as the department’s 37th police chief from 2003 to 2004, died on Nov. 8. Read More
It looks like the Police Commission is going to move soon on changing its current policy on shooting at moving vehicles.
The commission is scheduled on Dec. 8 to hear an amendment to the Department’s general orders that would make it policy to not shoot at oncoming vehicles even if the driver is trying to run the officer down.
“I think we need to move on that sooner rather than later,” said Police Commission Vice President Thomas Mazzucco on Wednesday. Read More
San Francisco’s crime rate continues to plummet — it’s down 9 percent so far this year — after some of the most deadly years in decades, police Chief George Gascón said Thursday. Read More
An attempted robbery was discovered by San Francisco Police Department early Monday morning an hour after two successful robberies were reported.
This latest attempt happened around 4:40 a.m. Monday, when a 25-year-old man attempted to get into a cab in the 1000 block Mission Street, according to police, when two men approached him. Read More
As voters prepare to decide the fate of Proposition M, which would mandate police foot patrols, Chief George Gascón is supporting the removal of one such officer from the tight-knit community of Bernal Heights. Read More
A deranged man attacked a couple walking along The Embarcadero Sunday.
The suspect swung a glass bottle at the victim’s wife during the attack, which occurred just south of Grant Avenue around 8 p.m., police said.
The incident began when the lunatic suddenly began yelling “racial and derogatory statements” at the couple. The husband stood in the way of the attacker’s opportunity to strike his wife, police said. Read More