SFPD union giving away turkeys to department members, retirees

Cops usually hand out turkeys to the poor around the holiday season as a sign of good will.

But on Nov. 10 they will be giving themselves birds instead.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association is giving away turkeys as an enticement for attendance to a general membership meeting next week. The 2,165 active members and 1,470 retired members of the department are all eligible to receive a turkey.

That’s a lot of birds.

According to the November issue of the POA Journal, the 5 p.m. meeting at the United Irish Cultural Center in the Sunset District is being held so the membership can discuss important issues facing the department such as use of force reforms.

The union’s ongoing negotiations on the use of force reforms — specifically shooting at moving cars and the carotid hold– have stalled the full implementation of the new policy unanimously passed by the Police Commission in June.

At the last membership meeting, before former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation in May, POA leadership defended the chief’s push for reforms despite much rank and file opposition.

According to the POA Journal, the meeting will discuss “the department’s proposed use of force policy, body worn cameras, contract negotiations and the selection of a new chief of police,” among other things.

And in case a free turkey isn’t enough to entice officers and their wives and husbands, the union is providing drinks and appetizers.

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