The relationship between the media and law enforcement is often adversarial. Reporters appear to seek the sensational elements of a crime story, often to the detriment of the police, and officers tend to be uncooperative with journalists they seem to instinctively mistrust.
Not so with “The Badge,” a new series presented by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter/photographer team embedded with the SFPD. Kudos to the Chronicle for pursuing this series and to the officers who willingly put themselves in the media spotlight in the hopes of helping civilians develop a better understanding of life behind the badge. You’re putting a human face on “the police,” which will benefit us all.
SAN FRANCISCO — It doesn't look like much from the street. The San Francisco Police Department's Central Station is old and drab with a substandard holding cell and electrical problems. The rest of the building is a parking garage, so the officers who work at Central have tons of concrete and steel and engine blocks hanging over their heads.