Chief of Police
William "Bill" Scott
Chief of the San Francisco Police Department
San Francisco Police Chief William “Bill” Scott was sworn in by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on January 23, 2017. Chief Scott joins SFPD after serving 27 years in the Los Angeles Police Department. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of LAPD’s South Bureau after being promoted to Commander in 2012.
Chief Scott grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama, where he earned a degree in accounting. He is married with three children. In 1989, a cousin serving in law enforcement encouraged him to seek a similar career. Chief Scott is a graduate of Senior Management Institute of Policing.
“Any successful police department has to be a partnership between the community and officers,” says Chief Scott. “I am honored to work in the City of San Francisco, where residents, community leaders and local stakeholders are actively engaged in the process to help make our Police Department the finest in the nation.”
Chief Scott brings to the Department a keen focus on community policing and experience implementing major reforms. He leads SFPD as it undertakes key reforms laid out by the Department of Justice.
“I admire San Francisco’s proactive approach to reform in the wake of incidents in the last several years, and I look forward to continuing this work in partnership with Mayor Lee, the San Francisco Police Commission, the community and the men and women of the SFPD.” says Chief Scott. “I believe San Francisco Police Department officers are dedicated to the community they serve, and I am committed to providing them with the support they need to do their jobs. Above all else, it is my number one priority as Chief to continue the critical work to keep San Francisco and all of its residents safe.”