Chief Bill Scott says SFPD is short 400 officers

At a news conference on Monday, Chief Bill Scott said the San Francisco Police Department is short about 400 officers. “This not a one-year thing,” Scott said. “The mayor did all she could to keep us from getting smaller… Recruitment is very hard right now.”  That revelation was among many at the SFPD Mid-Year Report … Read more

Biden balances fighting rising crime, reforming police

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing rising fears of summer violence, President Joe Biden is embarking on a political high-wire act, trying to balance his strong backing for law enforcement with the police reform movement championed by many of his supporters. His focus Monday was on crime. Biden met at the White House with urban leaders — … Read more

SF resident shoots at burglary suspect in daytime break-in

A San Francisco resident shot at a suspected burglar who climbed through an apartment window in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood Tuesday, July 6, and the resident stopped the suspect and watched him until police arrived, officials said.  The San Francisco Police Department said in a statement that officers arrested the 37-year-old male suspect … Read more

Biden to talk crime with city, police leaders nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host New York City’s Democratic mayoral candidate and other city and law enforcement leaders from around the country to talk about reducing crime. Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and the likely next mayor of New York, plus Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Jose, California, Mayor Sam … Read more

California moves to phase out its state-run youth prisons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is phasing out its state-run youth prisons and shifting the responsibility to counties, 162 years after lawmakers created the first alternative to housing children as young as 12 alongside adults in San Quentin and Folsom state prisons. Advocates said the move reflects their belief that children who commit crimes can … Read more