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Sunday, December 01, 2019
SFPD Promotional Process
Transparency. Trust. Integrity. Fairness. These are the words you will see in “reform” reports such as the SFPD 2016 Collaborative Reform Initiative (CRI) and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Words that are meant to be cornerstones of a foundation to build change. Read More

Sunday, December 01, 2019
Close Encounters December 2019
It’s amazing just how much police work is taking place in San Francisco on any given day. You’d never know it from the various news outlets that supposedly “cover” The City. And that’s why we prepare this column each month for The Journal. Read More

Sunday, December 01, 2019
December 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Friday, November 01, 2019
Close Encounters November 2019
There’s a certain bond between first responders that makes their relationship to one another special. That bond was celebrated on the last day of Father John Greene’s long service to the Catholic Church held at St. Monica’s during the annual Police/Firefighter Mass. But as ‘Father John’ moves on with his future interests maybe we should re-evaluate some of ours. Read More

Friday, November 01, 2019
Gascón’s Number One Priority: Gascón
George Gascón. Good riddance. Unfortunately, it may not be a complete goodbye for our former District Attorney. No, consistent with his past practice, he quit on San Francisco early in order to continue to propel his political career. Now he wants the District Attorney’s job in Los Angeles. Read More

Friday, November 01, 2019
November 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
A Fine, Fine Mess
The cornerstone of any good decision-making process is having a system in place to evaluate whether the decisions you made are actually working out as planned. This applies in the business world and should definitely apply in the world of public policy—but it doesn’t. When it comes to so called “criminal justice reform,” there’s been a distinct absence of analytics. Read More

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
October 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Sunday, September 01, 2019
September 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Sunday, September 01, 2019
Doomed to Repeat the Past: DPA in Decline
Under Director Paul Henderson’s leadership, The Department of Police Accountability has not changed course after the upheaval that led to former Director Joyce Hicks’ resignation in 2017.  Former Director Hicks’ tenure came to an end shortly after DPA began a practice of direct filing of frivolous complaints to the Police Commission and seeking hefty suspensions.  The Pol Read More

Thursday, August 01, 2019
August 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Monday, July 01, 2019
July 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Monday, July 01, 2019
The Importance of Coalitions in Improving Policing
Law enforcement has dramatically changed over the last ten years. From the impact of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, to the growing demands on police departments to be the first responder to nearly every social challenge a community faces—police work is fundamentally different and evolving constantly. Read More

Saturday, June 01, 2019
June 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Saturday, June 01, 2019
Mental Health Issues are Significant Work Load of SF First Responders
Our state faces a mental health crisis. San Franciscans feel this more than most. The SFPOA is working to advocate for more mental health funding and will be looking at new laws which will give local authorities a greater ability to intercede to ensure someone gets the care they need before they slip further towards a mental health crisis. Read More

Wednesday, May 01, 2019
The Myth of Criminalizing Homelessness
Homelessness is not a new problem for our Department, and it is certainly not a new problem for the residents of San Francisco. However, the expectations of how police officers conduct ourselves managing our homelessness epidemic has evolved over time. The expectations have gotten much more demanding. Read More

Wednesday, May 01, 2019
May 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Monday, April 01, 2019
The Recruitment and Retention Crisis Continues
How Recruitment and Retention of Police Officers Remains an Ongoing Challenge Read More

Monday, April 01, 2019
April 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Friday, March 01, 2019
Here We Go Again -- How AB 392 Will Endanger Law Enforcement In California
Last year, a bill was hastily introduced in Sacramento by Assemblyperson Shirley Weber (D) from San Diego. That bill (AB 931) would have drastically altered our profession as it applies to use of force and would have been in direct conflict with a long established and often challenged United States Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Connor. Read More