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
The Police Department is expected to explain their new policy in regards to notifying defense attorneys when problem officers testify in court, otherwise known as a Brady policy. Read More
It took a while but Newsom has nominated someone for the final empty slot on the Police Commission, white-collar crime attorney Jamie Slaughter. Read More
The Police Department will be forced to reveal how much it spends each year to protect city officials and visiting dignitaries.
The passage of Proposition E means the department will have to include in its proposed annual budget a line that details the costs of the security for officials.
Newsom and police Chief George Gascón opposed the measure, saying it would shift an important job from the Police Department to politicians looking to score points. Read More
Police Chief George Gascón’s fight to bring Tasers to the San Francisco Police Department fizzled after a divided Police Commission rejected the controversial stun guns.
“I think we’re going to wait,” Gascón said Thursday after a marathon meeting at City Hall the previous night. “The commission has spoken and we’re moving forward. We’ve got a city to run.” Read More
Someone’s not happy with the way police Chief George Gascon tosses out proposals to the public without the approval of the Police Commission. Read More
More than a half-dozen officer-involved shootings would not have occurred in the past five years if police were armed with Tasers, a new San Francisco Police Department study said.
And police Chief George Gascón, who ordered the study, supports equipping SFPD officers with Tasers. Current members of the Police Commission have expressed some interest in allowing officers to carry the stun guns that subdue violent suspects. Read More
Police officers are being trained to use decidedly low-tech crime-fighting technology to help solve crimes like auto theft: fingerprinting.
There are currently 16 San Francisco Police Department crime scene investigators who regularly go to homicides, burglaries, assaults and other crimes. They not only collect fingerprints, but ballistics information and DNA as well. There are not enough resources, however, to dedicate to lower-level crimes, such as auto thefts. Read More
A crackdown on street prostitution in response to complaints from Polk Street and Russian Hill residents has netted 51 arrests, but officials say the crackdown can’t last forever.As The Examiner reported this month, police Chief George Gascón wants to publish the mug shots and license plates of those who are caught paying for sex in San Francisco on a Web site or in the media. It is part of a larger city strategy aimed at fighting the oldest profession. Read More
Fifteen years ago, Lee Guelff sat next to his dead brother, Officer James Guelff, as police came in twos to pay their respect to the officer who was gunned down in San Francisco by a man covered in body armor. Read More