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The Badge - Foot patrol making a difference

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
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Officer Kevin Stancombe rides his police-issued bike quietly through the courtyard of the Valencia Gardens housing project.

It's the middle of the afternoon, and he's all alone in the middle of what used to be one of the worst projects in the city. Not today. There's not a creature stirring. Not a blade of grass out of place. No music blaring from an open window, no drug deals going down around the corner, no "shots fired" radio calls.

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