Your public comment on Monday is key to secure SFPD accountability and transparency reforms!
Monday is the day for public comment on the city budget. We need you to come speak in favor of Supervisor Avalos’ proposal to hold $200 million of the Police Department’s budget in reserve, only to be released by the Board of Supervisors if SFPD shows that it has adequately implemented reforms around use-of-force.
Where: Board of Supervisors chambers, City Hall room 250.
When: Starts at 10am. Doors open at 9:30. It’s a first come, first served process.
What: Proposal to reserve SFPD budget in order to secure SFPD reforms
The budget reserve proposal introduced by Supervisor Avalos will require SFPD, among other things, to revise its use of force policy to mandate de-escalation and the use of the minimal amount of force necessary; adopt a Crisis Intervention Team model of responding to individuals in behavior crisis; adopt a more rigorous policy for intervening with problem officers and supervisors; and establish a more rigorous policy for disciplining officers for racial profiling.
The authors of the proposal—representing the families of the victims of police violence, religious leaders, and advocacy groups—include Justice & Love for Alex Nieto, Justice for Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Justice & Honor for Luis Góngora Pat, Faith in Action, the National Lawyers Guild, San Franciscans for Police Accountability, and Idriss Stelley Foundation.
San Francisco Police Reform – Budget Reserve Proposal
Supervisor Avalos proposes placing $200 million of the SFPD budget on Board of Supervisors’ Reserve pending the following actions being taken by the Department and the Police Commission. The Controller will work with the Department to evaluate compliance and to provide quarterly reports to the Board who would need to vote to release the funds placed on reserve.
SFPD Reform Initiatives:
- Use of Force reform: Adopt and operationalize the community stakeholder group’s amendments to “Department General Order 5.01, Use of Force – version 2,” which includes the following elements:
- requires the use of de-escalation techniques, and
- use of the “minimal” force necessary as opposed to “reasonable” force
- Publish quarterly reports on arrests and Use of Force, including demographic data as described in Admin Code Chapter 96A and the number of incidents that resulted in death or injury to the officer or suspect.
- Crisis Intervention Team: Adopt a Department General Order to establish and operationalize the Crisis Intervention Team model of responding to individuals in behavioral crisis.
- Number of CIT and Advanced CIT-certified officers.
- Number of shifts per district station where a CIT-certified officer was on duty and available for dispatch.
- Data on incidents where DEM dispatchers determined involved a person in behavioral crisis, including at a minimum:
– a) the number and location of calls for service involving mentally ill or individuals with disabilities in crisis; b) the type of response (e.g. Advanced CIT officer, CIT certified officer, non-CIT officer, CIT and mental health professional); c) the disposition of the call (arrest, 5150 detention, no police action, referral for services); d) whether or not force was used; e) injuries (officer, detainee, other); f) complaints, commendations and/or legal actions arising from the incident); g) presence of weapons on the part of individual, including type of weapon.
- Early Intervention System reform: Adopt a more rigorous policy for intervening with officers identified by the Early Intervention System and for the supervisors of officers identified by the EIS:
- Establish objective thresholds for the number and type of EIS Alerts for an officer that lead to training/mentoring and reassignment.
- Establish a process for analyzing SFPD supervisors with officers under their command with excessive EIS Alerts. Establish objective thresholds for these supervisors that lead to training/mentoring and reassignment.
- Publish the quarterly reports and conduct the quarterly EIS meetings as described in DGO 3.19.
- Strengthen discipline for incidents of racial profiling: Establish a more rigorous policy for disciplining officers for sustained OCC complaints related to racial profiling and failure to record the required demographic data.
- Establish a disciplinary process for sustained OCC complaints against plainclothes officers who make traffic stops.
- Establish a disciplinary process for other sustained OCC complaints in contexts normally associated with racial profiling.
- Establish a disciplinary process for officers who fail to record demographic data for encounters, arrests, and use of force.
- Number of relevant OCC complaints filed and sustained, and a description of disciplinary actions taken.
- Establish more objective processes for background investigations, hiring, and promotion.
- For lateral hires, require disclosure of applicants’ history of firearm discharges, use of force incidents, and misconduct complaints.