Department Bulletins are issued by the Chief of Police and are distributed Department wide. Department Bulletins may contain directives, general information, training information, special orders, event orders or deployments. Department Bulletins shall be consistent with Department General Orders. However, when a Department General Order no longer complies with the law or contains inaccurate or out-of-date information, the Department may issue a Department Bulletin that supplements or amends the Department General Order. Whenever a Department Bulletin supplements or amends a substantive provision of a Department General Order, within two weeks of its issuance, the Department Bulletin and the Department General Order shall be calendared before the Police Commission for discussion and approval.
Prior to its issuance, the Legal Division shall review the proposed Department Bulletin and determine whether it supplements or amends in a substantive manner a Department General Order. Department Bulletins announcing non-substantive amendments or supplements to a Department General Order such as administrative information about a name, address or telephone number do not need to be calendared before the Police Commission for discussion and approval.
There are three categories of Department Bulletins:
- Class "A" Directives, Supplements to General Orders or Department Manuals, and Legal Updates. Class "A" Bulletins must be approved by each Assistant Chief, each Deputy Chief and Department legal staff prior to publication.
- Class "B" Training Information, Special Orders, Event Orders, and Deployments. Class "B" Bulletins must be approved by the Assistant Chief(s) and Deputy Chief(s) whose operations are affected by the bulletin.
- Class "C": General (non-technical, non-legal) Information, Special Messages from the Chief of Police and Non-Operational Information. Class "C" Bulletins must be approved by the senior ranking member regularly in charge of the unit to which the author is assigned and the senior ranking member regularly in charge of the Legal Division.
For more information see Department General Orders 3.01
Department Bulletins 2018
A 18-001 Use of Discretionary Time Off 2018
A 18-002 Indicating Use of Force in an Incident Report
A 18-004 Chief's Order for Disciplinary Suspension
B 18-005 Parking City-Owned Vehicles and Procedures to Request Dismissal of Parking Citations
A 18-008 Policies Regarding the Loss or Theft of a Department-Issued Mobile Device andor Token
B 18-013 Annual TB Screening (Supersedes DB 17-014)
B 18-014 Metal Theft Investigations
B 18-015 Crime Scene Management - Red Crime Scene Tape
B 18-017 Elder Abuse (EA) and Child Abuse (CA) Radio Suffix Codes
A 18-019 Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Ford Explorers
A 18-022 FasTrak, Toll Evasion Violations and Proper Member Conduct
A 18-023 Surreptitious Recording
C 18-026 Field Operations Bureau - Community Engagement Division (Supersedes DB 17-135)
B 18-027 Burglary Investigation Protocols
A 18-028 Implementation of the eCitation App
A 18-031 SFPD Update to the S.F. Community Justice Center (CJC)
A 18-032 Nonbinary is Legally Recognized as a 3rd Gender Category -New Booking Card Introduced
A 18-034 Obtaining Emergency Protective Orders (EPO's), Search Warrants, DUI Blood Draw Search Warrants, Emergency Arrest Warrants and Emergency Bail Modifications
A 18-035 Court Appearances and Court Compensation Pay (Amends DGO 3.08. Re-Issue 13-210, DB 16-053, and DB 16-131)
A 18-037 Arrests / Citations for Traffic Collisions
B 18-038 Correctable Violations and Proper Completion of Traffic Citations
A 18-039 New State Law regarding Revised Definition of Assault Weapons and Registration Requirement of such Weapons
A 18-040 Release of Information to the News Media and/or Public Regarding Homicide Detail Investigations
A 18-044 Automated External Defribrillator (AED) Deployment to Police Vehicles
C 18-046 Daylight Saving Time Starts - Spring 2018
B 18-048 Out-of-Service Vehicles
A 18-053 Arrests on San Francisco Unified School District Sites
A 18-055 The TRUTH Act and Associated Notification Forms
A 18-057 San Francisco Ethics Commission - SFPD "Statement of Incompatible Activities"
A 18-061 Prohibited Items at Airport Security Checkpoints
A 18-063 SFPD Implementation of Assembly Bill 953, "The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015"
B 18-069 Obtaining Value of Stolen and Recovered Property
A 18-071 Management of Department Social Media Accounts
A 18-073 Staffing and Deployment Unit
A 18-078 Uniform and Professional Attire
A 18-081 Staff Inspection Unit
A 18-082 Assembly Bill No. 1312: Sexual Assault Victims Rights
A 18-084 Preventing Workplace Harassment Training
A 18-085 Mandatory Testing of a Member Involved in a Traffic Collision and the Drug Testing Process
A 18-086 Protocol for Requesting a Certified Bilingual Officer
A 18-088 Legal Enforcement Options for Addressing Illegal Encampments
A 18-089 Protocol for Processing Homeless Property consistent with DPW's "Bag & Tag" Policy
C 18-091 Lowering of Flags: National Peace Officers Memorial Day
B 18-092 Emailing San Francisco Police Department Daily Arrest Information - Revised SFPD Form 307 (Supersedes DB 17-047)
B 18-095 Attendance to the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives 23rd Annual Conference