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.
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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