Editorial: SFPD has an officer 'discipline disaster'

San Francisco's police department needs a redesign when it comes to officer discipline


San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's system of disciplining police is built to fail. The rules invite delays by accused officers and their union, saddle the part-time Police Commission with extra duties, and undercut efficient management of the 2,000-member force.

As a Chronicle news story on Sunday showed, the process is also costly, idling accused officers for months while they continue to draw salaries. The city's new police chief, George Gascón, has cut the backlog of nearly 70 cases in half by negotiating settlements, but the remaining number could take months, even years, to work through.

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