Substitute blue ribbon panel examines police ethics,
reform, and law enforcment leadership problems
Lack of clear-cut lines of accountability said
By Pat Murphy and Luke
May 31, 2006
Efforts to reform the San Francisco Police Department toward
community policing, while safeguarding officer rights and improving
police morale, are stymied by lack of clear-cut leadership.
That was the repeated observation of panelists and speakers who
participated Tuesday in a Lone Mountain College seminar on Police
The Newsom administration had initiailly attempted
to formulate a blue ribbon commission after the videogate
scandal, but failed to attract willing participants.
Former Police Chiefs Tony Rivera and Frank Jordan co-chaired
the six-person panel discussion which continues at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.
The Sentinel will provide detailed coverage following close of
Panelists are tackling the issue of authority split between the
police chief, police commission, the Office of Citizens Complaints,
the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor's Office.
Lack of leadership to establish clear-cut authority has left
officers fearful to initiate arrests and many involved agencies
are hostile to each other, one former Police Commission president
Panelists include Morgan Gorrano, Lillian Sing, Yumi Wilson,
John Dineen, George Grotz, and Joseph Russoniello.