In a progress report resembling that of a CEO, George Gascón writes that in the year since he was sworn in as San Francisco’s police chief, The City has become safer — although not as safe as he wants it to be.
Major crime is down 7.7 percent. Gascón set a goal for a 10 percent reduction, what he calls “solid progress.”
He attributes the decline to a whirlwind of changes at the department that include decentralizing inspectors and instituting the crime analysis tool CompStat.
So, what’s in store for the next year? Gascón says the process by which police officers are promoted will receive a major overhaul soon with the help of a civil rights expert, and the department will begin conducting internal audits soon to improve efficiency.