Deputy Chief Sharon Ferrigno
Deputy Chief oversees the day-to-day operations of the Administration Bureau. The Administration Bureau provides support for the other bureaus of the San Francisco Police Department and is frequently the liaison with other city agencies as well as the Board of Supervisors. This bureau is often called upon to sustain the SFPD's primary mission of protecting and serving the people of San Francisco.
The Administration Bureau is committed to providing quality service and support to our fellow Department members and to the citizens of San Francisco. We perform a variety of services in the areas of budget management, information technology, legal research and counsel, personnel service, and logistical support. Each Division within the Administration Bureau provides specific community services to our members, both sworn and civilian, and to the citizens of San Francisco. We are constantly striving to enhance and improve upon the quality and efficiency of the services that we provide.
Below you will see the Specialized Divisions within the San Francisco Police Department’s Administration Bureau and a brief description of the services that each Division provides.
Behavioral Science Unit
The BSU is comprised of the Employee Assistance Program, the Peer Support Program, the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), the Stress Unit, Catastrophic Illness Program, and the Chaplain’s Program. This unit is responsible for conducting all training regarding peer support and post critical incident debriefings of members. The BSU manages a catastrophic illness program and coordinates with the Department Chaplains for member support.
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The Fiscal Division is responsible for the development and oversight of the San Francisco Police Department’s overall budget. This is a complex and detailed task that requires both excellent foresight and accounting skills. Additionally, it is responsible for assisting in, and responding to, audits from federal, state and local agencies.
- Accounting Section: Responsible for tracking and making payments on all bills for the Police Department. It is the Accounting Section that also processes work orders with the other City Departments, makes contract and lease payments, and facilitates material and supply purchases for units throughout the department.
- The Fiscal Division provides administrative oversight to both the Grant Unit and Fleet Operations.
- Grant Unit: Identifies, reviews, prepares, and applies for grant funding opportunities for the San Francisco Police Department. Grant proposals are planned and written on a continuing basis. The Grant Unit coordinates with the Police Commission, City Hall and the Board of Supervisors to move grant awards through the City and County approval process. With the successful award of grant money, it is the responsibility of this unit to implement and manage grant projects and to provide the funding agencies with project updates.
- Store Keeper: issues vouchers for all uniform items, and handles the entire Department’s equipment and supply needs.
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Comprised of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, the Crime Lab, and the Identification Bureau and staffed by civilian and sworn personnel, the Forensic Division uses technology and science to assist in the investigations and prosecution of criminal cases.
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The Planning and Research Division provides many critical support functions for the Department. The units performing these functions within the Division are:
- Facilities Maintenance: This unit maintains each of the Department’s 21 facilities, coordinating routine maintenance, which includes painting, plumbing, electrical, and janitorial services with the Department of Public Works. This unit coordinates emergency repairs and hazard eradication. The members respond to requests to have facilities modified to accommodate changing strategic needs and to maintain compliance with changes in building codes.
- Equipment Repair: This unit performs equipment maintenance and repair both at the worksite and in the maintenance shop. Additionally, some aging equipment is overhauled and rebuilt to maximize service.
- Crime Analysis Unit: This unit compiles crime statistics and performs analysis for strategic management of Department resources. Crime stats are posted on the Department’s public website www.sanfranciscopolice.org and reported to the California Department of Justice (DOJ.)
- Fleet Unit: Manages the purchase, equipping , maintenance, and repair of approximately 338 marked police cars and over 400 unmarked cars and numerous specialty vehicles.
The Planning Division is currently involved in two major technological projects. The SFPD has a state-of-the-art crime mapping system that allows officers to spot crime trends and hot spots. This information aids managers to better plan for and allocate resources. The public is able to use a version of the system via the SFPD website. In October 2006, the SFPD field tested a new automated records management system to replace the Department’s thirty year-old system.
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Staff Services Division
This Division is comprised of six separate sub-units. Personnel Unit: Responsible for the processing and maintenance of personnel files for employees (sworn and civilian,) as well as human resources issues, including the appointment processing of new hires, promotions, and separations.
- Payroll Unit: Processes the payroll for the entire Department in liaison with the Office of the Controller.
- Medical Liaison: Oversees all claims of industrial injury and illness, in liaison with the Workers Compensation Department, to ensure that medical benefits and confidentiality are afforded to each injured or ill member. This unit oversees leaves of absence, identification card processing for active and retired members, and investigates fraudulent claims.
- Background Investigation Unit: Responsible for the investigation of applications for employment working closely with physicians, psychologists, polygraph technicians, and other outside agencies.
- Police Physician: Oversees the health of members. The doctor is routinely tasked with coordinating formal responses from private physicians as they relate to industrial and non-industrial injuries and illnesses. The Police Physician reviews medical restrictions of those officers returning to work in a modified-duty capacity.
- ADA Coordinator: Responsible for the Department’s compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA Coordinator routinely meets with injured workers who request accommodation under the ADA provisions in liaison with the City Attorney’s Office and State of California.
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Support Services Division
The Division is comprised of the following sections.
- Taxi Detail: Enforces codes and laws specifically directed towards the regulation of commercial vehicles for hire industry. This unit conducts enforcement operations, investigations of violations and complaints, audits permit holders and companies for compliance, and presents the results of investigations of complaints to the Taxi Commission for determination of finding and discipline.
- Permit Unit: This unit is comprised of Details such as the California Community Dispute Services (CCDS) and the Noise Abatement / Ordinance Amendment. The unit processes fees, issues and maintains permits for nearly 100 separate permitted venues, and posts notice signs. The unit generates revenue of nearly $340,000 annually for the City. The Noise Abatement / Ordinance Amendment Detail conducts noise tests for permit applicants and makes recommendations for the Hearing Officer of the Entertainment Commission on matters of permit applications, disciplinary and enforcement issues. The CCDS works with a court appointed Referee. Cases referred by the District Attorney’s Office are researched by this Detail, which then prepares the cases for presentation and recommendation to the Referee.
- Report Management Section: Performs separate functions related to report processing, data storage, and report retrieval. This section copies and distributes reports to the appropriate agencies and Department units. The RMS processes an average of 300 to 400 requests on a daily basis. This unit is also responsible for computer entry of reports for queries. This section maintains a database for all stolen, lost or recovered property entered into evidence, as well as destroyed property. The unit updates status changes of stolen and recovered vehicles in incident reports as supplemental information is received. Parts of this Section are the On-Line Reporting Service and the Teleserve Unit. Both receive late and lesser priority property crime information by reporting persons logging onto the Department web site or using the telephone to provide information for a police incident report. These services free officers to attend to other urgent matters.
- Property Control: The primary responsibilities of the Property Control Division are to receive, store and maintain all evidence and found property in a secure facility. In addition, the Property Control Division provides barricades service for civic events throughout the city,
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The Technology Division provides the following services to the Department:
- Telecommunications: support for all cell phones, office phones, and voice and data networks for all SFPD personnel, buildings, and police vehicles.
- Technical Support: support for police vehicle mobile data terminals, desktops, laptops, and software used by all SFPD personnel. This includes support for 10 district stations, the Crime Lab, the Police Academy, the Marine Unit, and all other police locations.
- Architecture and Operations: 24 X 7 support for all networks, systems, security and access control used in support of SFPD applications and systems.
- Applications and Business Intelligence: Development and on-going maintenance of all custom and package systems and databases used by SFPD including Records Management, Criminal Justice Systems, Human Resources Systems, local, state, and federal Law Enforcement Systems, as well as the Crime Data Warehouse.
- Project Management: the management and delivery of key strategic projects for the department.
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Training & Education Division
- Academy: The San Francisco Police Department Regional Training Facility is considered a local government agency certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) One of its primary functions is to present all components of the Basic Police Officer Course. The goal of the Basic Course is to prepare recruit officers mentally and physically to advance into the Department’s Field Training Program and to prepare them to assume the responsibilities and execute the duties of a peace officer in our community. The Department’s Basic Course consists of 1080 hours of instruction. This currently exceeds P.O.S.T. minimum standards by almost 400 hours. The Academy also conducts a Citizen’s Academy Course for members of the community who wish to survey what our police officers experience in their training.
- Field Training Office: Conducts a 17-week field training program for recruit officers who have successfully completed the Academy portion of their training and are ready to begin an assignment in patrol. During this 17-week period, the recruits are assigned to three different Field Training Officers who supervise, train, and evaluate the recruit officers during application of practical field training.
- Office of Education and Training: The primary function of the Office of Education and Training (OET) is to provide police officers with continuing professional training. This ensures that officers are informed regarding changes and up dates in laws, procedures, and Department policies. In addition, this unit manages and delivers the Department’s Technical, Supervisory, and Management Courses. This office manages the Training Division’s instructor pool and adherence to related POST standards and guidelines.
- Range: The function of the Range is to provide training so that sworn members of the San Francisco Police Department are proficient and qualified in the proper use of firearms. This training is directed toward officers and recruits becoming safe, confident and skilled in the use of their issued weapons. This is accomplished through a variety of P.O.S.T. certified training formats such as Basic Firearms Training, semi-annual qualifications, and specialized courses as required by the Department’s needs.
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