Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau

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To Be Announced

The San Francisco Police Department Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau was established in February, 2016 to oversee proposed use of force reforms, as well as to coordinate efforts of the Police Department with the United States Department of Justice Collaborative Reform Initiative.

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The work of the Bureau is part of an overall effort to increase transparency and accountability in order to better serve citizens of the City of San Francisco. Units assigned under the Bureau include:

Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science, the unit responsible for conducting all training regarding peer support and post critical incident disbriefings of members.

Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance

CRI-TA is a proactive, non-adversarial, and cost effective form of technical assistance for agencies with significant law enforcement related issues. “The CRI-TA's purpose is to improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing long-term, holistic strategy that identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust.  The CRI-TA offers recommendations based on a comprehensiveagency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community.”

Learn more about Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance here:

Professional Standards

The mission of the Professional Standards Unit is to contribute to excellence in law enforcement by increasing professionalism and maintaining high levels of accountability within the San Francisco Police Department through the use of early intervention tracking and related auditing systems.


The SFPD Recruitment Unit promotes the San Francisco Police Department as an attractive and competitive career choice in Law Enforcement. Using an ongoing, strategic advertising campaign in print, radio, television, web and social media, the Recruitment Unit reaches out to candidates by marketing the San Francisco Police Department at both statewide and local career fairs, educational institutions, military bases and through law enforcement organizations. In this way the Recruitment Unit helps ensure that the San Francisco Police Department is attracting the best career oriented candidates to meet its future hiring needs.

Written Directives

Written Directives, is responsible for facilitating the review, development, and publication of Department policies, manuals, and forms.

Youth and Community Engagement

Youth & Community Engagement Unit (YCE) is tasked with establishing, building, and sustaining relationships within all the communities we serve. YCE is responsible for opening up lines of communication between the police and residents to better build rapport and trust.