Voters support increasing police oversight

San Francisco voters appear to have approved a measure that will give The City’s police oversight body more powers and make it completely independent from the Police Department.

Proposition G, which required more than 50 percent of the votes to pass, not only expands the powers of the Office of Citizen Complaints, but also changes the body’s name to the Department of Police Accountability.

As it stands, the nearly four-decade-old OCC investigates citizen complaints of police misconduct, and was given the mandate by voters last June to also investigate all fatal police shootings.

The measure also gives the agency auditing powers over the Police Department and removes it from the SFPD’s budget.

Earlier this year, the OCC was already given more responsibility when voters passed a measure in June tasking the body with investigating all fatal office shootings. The body was also given increased funding to pay for more staff and technical tools such as transcription aids to increase the speed of investigations.

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