The new city police chief came out to the Richmond District on Sept. 14 to talk
about crime issues and answer questions from the audience.
Chief William Scott was a long-time police officer in Los Angeles before accepting
the job in San Francisco; a dream come true, he said, because he always wanted
to live in the City. Scott said his officers are accountable to the public and responsible for
good public service, such as responding promptly when the situation arises.
“Public safety has to be our number one priority,” he said.
Scott says the department is trying to find better ways to work with the city’s homeless
population other than just moving them along or giving them citations for
The chief also stated his support for tazers as a less-lethal tool when confronting
a suspect or mentally-ill person. He said there is a one-in-100,000 chance of someone
dying from a tazer shock, but when deployed it often eliminates the need for officers to
use deadly force.
The public safety meeting was arranged by District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, and
was held at the Richmond Recreation Center.
Capt. Alexa O’Brien reported that the undercover burglary unit in Golden Gate Park was
disbanded, and that more officers will be covering the City on foot and on bicycles.
As well, retired SF Police officer and current Patrol Special officer Stanley Lee warned
the Chinese community about “blessing scams,” where elders are tricked into giving up
money and valuables because they are told they are sick, and without a “blessing” of the
person and their valuables they will not get better. Usually two or three scam artists
work together to trick the victim.
– Paul Kozakiewicz