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We interview local government officials about policing practices to help people understand the stakeholders who shape local policing.
An interview about how the Public Defender's Office uses public records. Interview conducted by Lydia Chavez, Mission Local. (October 14, 2021)
An interview with Paul Henderson, Executive Director, Department of Police Accountability, by Ida Mojadad, The San Francisco Examiner. (July 28, 2020)
An interview with Cindy Elias, Police Commissioner, by Ida Mojadad, The San Francisco Examiner. (October 16, 2020)
This is an excerpt of our interview with District Attorney George Gascon. He was accompanied by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Alex Bastian. (June 8, 2018)
QUESTION: What is your role in policing in San Francisco and how does your personal experience inform your work?
"When I look at public safety I'm always looking at three prompts. One is raw safety in the streets how does it feel and how does it look like. The second one is social impact, because too much police intervention actually has a negative social impact, not enough has a negative social impact. And the third: the economics of it. We have to be able to afford what we do. We cannot have a society or a community where we're underfunding our schools or services for other vulnerable populations because we have an outsize spending on policing..."
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