Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau

Deputy Chief Michael Connolly

Deputy Chief Michael Connolly

The Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau was established in February 2016, to oversee the 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.

The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance 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 comprehensive agency 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: www.cops.usdoj.gov/technicalassistance

On September 15, 2017, the Department of Justice announced its withdrawal from the Collaborative Reform Process. For more information, please see: Department of Justice Announces Changes to the Collaborative Reform Initiative.

On February 5, 2018, The California Department of Justice announced its agreement to publicly evaluate and report on the implementation of the US DOJ recommendations. The CA DOJ’s independent review will help the Department in its continued efforts to promote trust, transparency and safety. For more information, please see: Mayor Mark Farrell, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Police Chief William Scott Announce Independent Evaluation of San Francisco Police Department Reforms.

For questions about the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau or on SFPD’s reform progress, please email: [email protected]

Learn more about the Bureau’s support in helping the San Francisco Police Department increase transparency and accountability in order to better serve citizens of the City of San Francisco.

San Francisco Police Department Transarency and Reform

In addition to supporting the Department’s effort to increase transparency and accountability, the Bureau contains the units listed below:

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.

Written Directives

The Written Directives Unit is responsible for facilitating the review, development and publication of Department policies, bulletins, manuals and forms related to the operation of the San Francisco Police Department.

Staff Inspections Unit

The purpose of the Staff Inspections Unit is to examine and evaluate the functions of the San Francisco Police Department components and their ability to accomplish organizational objectives in accordance with existing written directives and acceptable practices. The Staff Inspections Unit will complete reviews to assist in identifying opportunities for improvement, eliminating duplication of effort, recommending new procedures, and providing alternative methods for change and improvement.