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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Civilians take on police work in SFPD program"

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Fingerprints and DNA evidence are often not collected, Police Chief George Gascón said. To do so, a separate crime scene technician has to be called out, which could stretch into the next day.

"When the police get there, you've been waiting for three, four, five hours," Gascón said. "By this time, you're really fit to be tied."

That's all supposed to change under a pioneering and controversial test program included in the city's new budget that will use civilian investigators to respond to nonviolent crimes like burglaries or car break-ins, freeing up police officers to focus on crimes in progress or dangerous offenders.

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