Search for permanent SFPD chief continues

- San Francisco's Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin is meeting with some of the city's political and religious leaders on Thursday.

The meeting took place at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Fillmore Street in San Francisco.

They are discussing reforms that have been put in place in response to the recent controversial police shootings in San Francisco.

Chaplin says his department is making a lot of progress. He also made it clear he hopes to be carrying out these reforms as San Francisco's permanent police chief.

As the search continues for a new police chief in San Francisco, five community meetings have been scheduled, so the San Francisco police commission can get public input.

The commission wants to hear what qualities people are looking for in a chief. Then the commission will receive a summary of the information next month, before any potential candidates are interviewed.

President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors London Breed stopped by KTVU to talk about the search for a permanent chief. When asked if she would support Chaplin for that role she said, "I'm just getting to know Toney Chaplin. I think he's a great person. I think he's doing all the right things - communicating with the community, meeting with his captains, meeting with his commanders, telling them what his expectations are in terms of how they interact with the community. That's definitely the kind of quality I want to see in a chief. Someone who communicates and is clear - not making excuses and doing the right things." 

She adds regardless of the future, right now the department is moving in the right direction.

There are several community meetings coming up on this topic:

Commissioners will meet with members of the public and listen to input regarding the qualities and characteristics sought in the next Chief of Police. Two or three Commissioners will attend each event, which are scheduled on the following dates at the following locations:

  • Monday, August 15, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street, San Francisco
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Mission High School Cafeteria, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco
  • Monday, August 29, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

Learn more about the meetings here. 


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