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The Badge — Cops make decisions that affect people's lives


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.

 Read the full "Badge" series

By John Koopman,
San Francisco Chronicle

Officer Pete Shields grabs his keys and his gear bag. He gets behind the wheel of a patrol car. He logs in to the mobile data terminal - which looks like a laptop mounted on the center console - and heads out.

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