Gascon beefs up SFPD homicide unit

Police Chief George Gascon has approved a request by the deputy chief of investigations to move inspectors into the unit that investigates homicides.

The homicide detail has long been criticized for its less-than-average record at making arrests in killings. One solution that was kicked around for years was transferring more inspectors to the detail.

At times, because of retirement, injuries and restrictions on overtime, the homicide detail was at less than 18 inspectors. Now, after transfers from details such as robbery, narcotics and sexual assault, there are 31 inspectors assigned to homicide.

Gascon’s success at clearing homicides in Mesa has been clearly documented. When he arrived, police were solving about half of the murders in that city. When he left, the clearance rate topped 90 percent.
 

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, liberal giant of the Supreme Court, dies

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who championed women’s rights — first as a… Continue reading

Four officers found to have committed misconduct escape discipline

Four officers who should have been punished for misconduct escaped discipline because… Continue reading

Breed says limited indoor dining to resume if COVID-19 data improves

Restaurants could open for limited indoor dining as early as the end… Continue reading

Giants clinging to playoff spot as they face off with A’s

The stakes couldn’t be much higher this weekend when the Giants make… Continue reading

Two new contractors charged with bribery in Nuru scandal

Two construction executives are facing federal bribery charges for allegedly giving former… Continue reading

Most Read