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SF Announces New "Organized Retail Crime" PlanSF Announces New “Organized Retail Crime” Plan
By - posted 9/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Controversy, Police Reform, San Francisco

Mayor London Breed Announces Organized Retail Crime Initiative SFPD led initiative aims to partner with private sector to result in higher reporting rates and more investigations, better enabling regional task force partners to solve cases and target upstream criminal enterprises Mayor London N. Breed this week unveiled details from San Francisco’s Organized more...

SF's "Street Overdose Response Team" Launches August 2ndSF’s “Street Overdose Response Team” Launches August 2nd
By - posted 7/31/2021
Brand New, Crime, Getting Help, Police Reform, Uplifting

San Francisco will begin rolling out its newly formed Street Overdose Response Team (a.k.a “SORT”) starting Monday, August 2, 2021 to address non-fatal overdoses through a holistic approach, city officials said Friday. SORT will respond to overdose calls and provide an immediate response from San Francisco Fire Department paramedics, followed by more...

Oakland Diverts $18M from Police BudgetOakland Diverts $18M from Police Budget
By - posted 6/27/2021
East Bay, Oakland, Police Reform

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News Oakland city councilmembers redirected more than $17 million from proposed police spending to alternative methods of violence prevention when the council passed a $3.8 billion budget Thursday evening. The vote came at about 5:30 p.m. following hours of public comment and discussion at a virtual meeting. The more...

New "Safety" Cameras Coming to SF's Castro?New “Safety” Cameras Coming to SF’s Castro?
By - posted 4/27/2021
Brand New, Causes, Police Reform

The Castro Community Benefit District is considering putting up “safety” cameras in the Castro at “crime hotspots” and intersections where vehicle collisions are likely. But the possibility of adding the cameras is raising questions civil liberties and surveillance concerns. To get community feedback if the program should be put in place (as more...

SF Plans New "Crisis Team" Ambulances for Summer 2021SF Plans New “Crisis Team” Ambulances for Summer 2021
By - posted 3/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Getting Help, Police Reform

San Francisco has a new type of ambulance; it’s specifically for the Street Crisis Response Teams, which launched in November 30, 2020. And thanks to Jacob Ward with NBC News, now you can get an inside look at the team in action. There’s currently two teams that respond to 911 calls more...

Berkeley Approves Groundbreaking Police Reform MeasuresBerkeley Approves Groundbreaking Police Reform Measures
By - posted 2/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Police Reform

Thanks to CBSN Bay Area and KTVU for sharing the news that Berkeley’s city council voted to enact sweeping changes to the police with the goal of reducing racial disparities. The city council voted unanimously to approve a package of reforms including stricter protocols and more thorough background checks for officers. New protocols more...

SF May Try Non-Police Response to HomelessSF May Try Non-Police Response to Homeless
By - posted 1/20/2021
Brand New, Community, Police Reform

Thanks to the Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner for letting us know about a proposal from community advocates to reduce police responses to homelessness issues The mission of CART (Compassionate Alternative Response Team) is to provide an alternative to a police response to homelessness in San Francisco. The program is supported more...

SF Now Sends “Crisis Team” to Some 911 Calls Instead of CopsSF Now Sends “Crisis Team” to Some 911 Calls Instead of Cops
By - posted 12/1/2020
Brand New, Police Reform

San Francisco’s New Street Crisis Response Team Launches Monday, November 30, 2020 Partnership between the Department of Public Health and Fire Department begins with first SCRT Team on the street today with more teams to come as pilot ramps up. SCRT offers a non-police response to calls related to people suffering from more...

Mayor London Breed Closes County Jail in SFMayor London Breed Closes County Jail in SF
By - posted 8/26/2020
Bay Area Updates, Police Reform

Mayor London N. Breed and Sheriff Paul Miyamoto announced on August 25th, that County Jail #4, located on the 7th floor of the Hall of Justice, will close effective Saturday, September 5, 2020. Other San Francisco county jails currently have the capacity to absorb additional people in custody. People from County more...

Berkeley is the First City to Remove Police from Traffic StopsBerkeley is the First City to Remove Police from Traffic Stops
By - posted 7/16/2020
Bay Area Updates, Have Your Voice Heard, Police Reform

Thank you KRON4 for letting us know that Berkeley became the first city in the US to remove armed police officers from traffic stops. The Berkeley City Council voted early Wednesday morning on July 15, after a long 9 hour City Council meeting, to make sweeping changes to the police department more...

San Francisco Bans Jail Phone Call FeesSan Francisco Bans Jail Phone Call Fees
By - posted 7/15/2020
Police Reform

Thanks to KQED for letting us know that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to permanently stop charging exorbitant markups for items in jail stores and to permanently end the practice of charging people in county jail for phone calls. The measure, first introduced by Mayor London more...

SF’s "CAREN" Act Wants to Ban Racially-Motivated 911 CallsSF’s “CAREN” Act Wants to Ban Racially-Motivated 911 Calls
By - posted 7/8/2020
Causes, Police Reform

Thanks to KRON4 for letting us know that San Francisco has introduced the ‘CAREN’ Act which, if enacted, would aim to outlaw racially-motivated 911 calls. ‘Karen’ is the meme that has spread widely over social media often seen in viral videos, a slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often more...

SF Police Will Stop Releasing Arrest Mug ShotsSF Police Will Stop Releasing Arrest Mug Shots
By - posted 7/8/2020
Police Reform

San Francisco police have announced they will stop the long-standing practice of releasing most mug shots of people who have been arrested, unless they pose a threat to public safety. Currently, booking photos are typically made public whether or not the person is actually prosecuted for the crime which, experts say, more...

Oakland to Send "Crisis Team" to Some 911 Calls Instead of CopsOakland to Send “Crisis Team” to Some 911 Calls Instead of Cops
By - posted 6/29/2020
Community, Police Reform

Thanks to KRON4 for letting us know that Oakland is planning to launch a new mobile crisis response unit for Non-Violent 911 calls to help free up police officers to patrol their neighborhoods. This new approach is modeled after Eugene, Oregon’s CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets).  A CAHOOTS more...

Oakland & SF Schools Defund PoliceOakland & SF Schools Defund Police
By - posted 6/25/2020
Bay Area Updates, Have Your Voice Heard, Police Reform

ABC7 recently shared that on Wednesday, June 24, the Oakland school board voted unanimously to abolish the district’s police department in a historic measure. The resolution, George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Department, reallocates $2.5 million budget for the police department to students. The board’s new safety plan more...