Police Commission confirms joint meeting
with Board of Supervisors
May 4, 2006
The San Francisco police commission announced that it will officially
have a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors in June.
"It will be a useful dialogue," said Louise Renne,
commission president. "The joint meeting will demonstrate
how the different branches are reaching out to each other."
Police Commission President Louise Renne (right)
with Police Commissioner Teresa Sparks (left)
Renne said the joint meeting will tentatively take place on June
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said he initiated the idea of the joint
meeting at a Gun and Gang Violence last month. Mirkarimi recommended
that the joint meetings take place at Western Addition and Bayview,
followed by other locations throughout the city.
Meanwhile, the police staff is working with its limited resources
to the best it can, Deputy Police Chief Morris Tabak said. Special
efforts have led to a gradual annual decrease of homicides and
an increase in drug busts.
Deputy Police Chief Morris Tabak
On April 20, the department completed a two year investigation
which led to a Hells Angels drug bust, Tabak said. On April 25,
the police completed a four month drug bust operation in the Western
The department recently is working with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation on a multi-county drug bust which started early
Wednesday, Tabak said. Federal investigations are taking place
throughout the Bay Area and in the Bayview, Ingleside, and Mission
The department continues to conduct two operations on a monthly
basis, Tabak said. The fact that a large number of investigators
are retiring is among other challenges that the department faces.
"The criminal justice system is a system in which all the
levels of the system must work efficiently," Police Chief
Heather Fong said. "People work hard to ensure that there
is accountability and that is why we are pushing for better resources."
Police Chief Heather Fong
The police commission adopted a resolution to request the Controller's
Office to conduct a performance audit of the Office of Citizen
Complaints, an agency that deals with local complaints of police
"I am especially concerned about how the OCC. addresses
the issues of our diverse non-English speaking communities,"
commissioner David Campos said.
Police Commissioner David Campos
The Office of Citizen Complaints presented a detailed quarterly
report on its Early Warning System to the commissioners at Wednesday's
meeting. The system identifies and evaluates the behavior of officers
who have received three or more complaints within six months and
four or more complaints within a year.
23 officers have received three or more complaints within the
last six months and 22 officers have had four or more complaints
within the year, said Kevin Allen, director of the Office of Citizen
Allen said he welcomes the agency's audit.
"I believe that any criticism of our agency will be beneficial,"
Accountability will continue to be the focus of the police commission
meetings. The commission will have a discussion with Alan Nance,
director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, at next week's