San Francisco Police Department Early Intervention
System set to begin in February
Ramirez case discussed
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
November 9, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - With a busy agenda scheduled for
next week, the San Francisco Police Commission spent much of yesterday's
meeting discussing the progress of an early intervention system.
The system, which would track any symptoms of job stress or personal
problems for officers, has experienced delays since the department
began working with the Police Officers Association and the American
Civil Liberties Union earlier this year.
According to Deputy Chief Charles Keohane, the start date will
be Feb. 5 of next year.
Also at the meeting, Commissioner Joe Veronese called on the
police commission to investigate the case
of Officer Donald Ramirez, who allegedly shot himself twice
in a Cambodian jail cell.
Veronese said the department should immediately look into how
Ramirez, who was placed in the Cambodian jail after allegedly
molesting a 14-year-old girl in Phnom Penh, died and if there
were any signs of misconduct in his years as an officer.
There is "no greater issue in the department than this,"
Veronese said of the investigation.
The commission also voted unanimously to send the settlement
of a lawsuit to the Board of Supervisors. The value and the details
of the Omari McGee v. the City and County of San Francisco settlement
were not made public.
Five members attended tonight's meeting: Vice President David
Campos, Theresa Sparks, Petra DeJesus, Joe Veronese and Yvonne
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