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Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Alone Together
Whether it’s how we do our job or take care of our own families, it’s hard to think about anything but the COVID-19 virus. Quite literally, life as we know it changed, at least for the time being. Read More

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Close Encounters April 2020
What if, during this potentially life-threatening pandemic, you didn’t have the option of “sheltering in place” because your job depended upon you showing up and handling distress calls from the public such as requests for emergency medical responses, possibly without the protection of appropriate medical attire. Read More

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
April 2020 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Sunday, March 01, 2020
Close Encounters March 2020
One of the most interesting things about police work is that sooner or later you realize that you’re all in this thing together. Read More

Sunday, March 01, 2020
Travesty Averted . . . This Time
I want to start by thanking the SFPOA membership for your support and trust to continue to lead this association. I’m most proud of the level of engagement and participation our members showed during the election process. Read More

Sunday, March 01, 2020
March 2020 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Saturday, February 01, 2020
February 2020 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Saturday, February 01, 2020
Boudin: A Leopard Never Changes its Spots
There’s the old saying, “a leopard never changes its spots.” Like most old sayings, there’s a lot of truth to them. This is certainly the case for our newly elected District Attorney, Chesa Boudin. Read More

Wednesday, January 01, 2020
Close Encounters January 2020
We normally sign off each one of our columns with a ‘Stay safe’ hoping that you can avoid all of the dangers associated with the job you do. After all, what other profession requires that you wear a gun to work. And what other occupation leaves you with only seconds before you have to decide which type of force is necessary to render a situation safe. Read More

Wednesday, January 01, 2020
January 2020 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Wednesday, January 01, 2020
The Crisis No One is Talking About
We’re in the midst of a police-staffing crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because policy makers are not talking about it. Police unions and chiefs alike have been sounding the alarm bell, but no one is really listening. Read More

Sunday, December 01, 2019
SFPD Promotional Process
Transparency. Trust. Integrity. Fairness. These are the words you will see in “reform” reports such as the SFPD 2016 Collaborative Reform Initiative (CRI) and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Words that are meant to be cornerstones of a foundation to build change. Read More

Sunday, December 01, 2019
Close Encounters December 2019
It’s amazing just how much police work is taking place in San Francisco on any given day. You’d never know it from the various news outlets that supposedly “cover” The City. And that’s why we prepare this column each month for The Journal. Read More

Sunday, December 01, 2019
December 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Friday, November 01, 2019
Close Encounters November 2019
There’s a certain bond between first responders that makes their relationship to one another special. That bond was celebrated on the last day of Father John Greene’s long service to the Catholic Church held at St. Monica’s during the annual Police/Firefighter Mass. But as ‘Father John’ moves on with his future interests maybe we should re-evaluate some of ours. Read More

Friday, November 01, 2019
Gascón’s Number One Priority: Gascón
George Gascón. Good riddance. Unfortunately, it may not be a complete goodbye for our former District Attorney. No, consistent with his past practice, he quit on San Francisco early in order to continue to propel his political career. Now he wants the District Attorney’s job in Los Angeles. Read More

Friday, November 01, 2019
November 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
A Fine, Fine Mess
The cornerstone of any good decision-making process is having a system in place to evaluate whether the decisions you made are actually working out as planned. This applies in the business world and should definitely apply in the world of public policy—but it doesn’t. When it comes to so called “criminal justice reform,” there’s been a distinct absence of analytics. Read More

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
October 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More

Sunday, September 01, 2019
September 2019 - Calendar of Events
Mark your calendars for the following meetings and events by the POA and its friends and supporters. All dates and times are subject to last minute changes, so always contact the event coordinator to confirm dates and times. If you have an event you would like posted on our calendar, contact the editor at journal@sfpoa.org. Read More