07/10/2007

SF cops at a loss to check out young suspects

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco police who stop juvenile criminal suspects on the street have no way of checking whether the youths are on probation, have been ordered to stay away from problem areas or are wanted for a probation violation basic information that influences whether officers take the juveniles into custody or turn them loose.

Authorities say officers can't learn those critical details because of a long-running clash between the Police Department and the city's Juvenile Probation Department over youths' criminal records and who, if anyone, should enter them into city tracking systems for law enforcement officers.

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