San Francisco Police Commission
to discuss Early Warning System
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
June 21, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission
will discuss the formation of a new system tonight designed to
track the warning signs of problematic performance within the
The new process, called the Early Intervention System, would
assign point values to stressful and potentially traumatic situations
such as an officer-involved shooting or a citizen's lawsuit. If
point totals reached a certain level, an officer would be subject
to a review, counseling or even disciplinary action.
According to Sgt. Joe Reilly, the commission's secretary, the
current system relies on records from the Office of Citizen Complaints
to red flag an officer's misconduct. The new system up for discussion,
however, would not only take into account citizen complaints,
it would pool a variety of indicators and associated factors.
"There's a bigger spectrum of signs to look at besides written
complaints," Reilly said. "An officer could have a sick
child, they could be splitting up with their wife or husband,
they could be caring for an elderly parent, it could even be that
their dog died.''
Officers under an unusual amount of stress would be assigned
by a newly created administrative panel to any one of various
actions, from counseling or training to reassignment and discipline.
The new system would require that the department update its database
technology, however, and it could add to the department's administrative
Tonight's meeting is a discussion only session, and the current
proposal is expected to undergo several changes before and if
it is adopted, Reilly said.
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