Supervisors insist on proactive communication
and reinforcement of community trust
By Pat Murphy
March 6, 2006, 2:13 p.m.
Evolution of community policing continued today as City supervisors
told Police Chief Heather Fong better communication is needed.
Some supervisors receive notice of police community meetings
only when they ask rather than being automatically informed, it
emerged today from a meeting of the Special Committee on Gun and
Politically moderate Supervisor Bevan Dufty expressed surprise
at learning from Fong of recently employed community organizers
in each police district.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Dufty, who headed the Neighborhood Services Office during the
Willie Brown administration, has worked with the San Francisco
Police Department for many years.
"I have to tell you this comes as a surprise," Dufty
said to Fong.
"I haven't seen these people."
Mirkarimi suggested Dufty's exasperation should be seen as a
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
"If Supervisor Dufty is exasperated you should use that
as a barometer," stated Mirkarimi.
Pinpointing which City agency to turn to for latest information
has been difficult, the District 5 supervisor added.
Mirkarimi also claimed notices of community meetings had not
been forthcoming "for the last three months."
"Should we look to captains, to yourself Chief Fong, or
to the MOCJ (Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice) as best as being
the ones who announce meetings?" asked Mirkarimi.
"I feel like I have to chase to find out what's happening,"
Fong pledged to work with MOCJ to make it clear captains are
usually the first to announce meetings in their communities.
One longtime community policing planning insisted community meetings
should be determined by, and announced from, each district community.
"What they aren't getting is that this must be community
driven," Juvenile Probation Commissioner Jim Queen told the
"When there is an issue it should be the community who calls
the police for a meeting and the police should come to district
community offices for the meeting."
Queen and other community planners will meet with Mayor Gavin
Newsom and Fong Wednesday, Queen said.
The Special Committee on Gun and Gang Violence is a standing
committee which meets Mondays.
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell chairs the committee and requested
its formation as part of continuing efforts to revamp City approach
to joblessness, crime, social services, and community policing.
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell