Community Engagement Division (CED)
Throughout the year, SFPD officers based at 3401 17th Street, are assigned full-time to proactively engage with the community through relationship building, events, forums, panel discussions, participation in community events, working with community leaders and leading a variety of special programs to benefit local youth. In addition, this unit promotes community policing and community engagement in support of District Station activities.
CED officers participate in programs like backpack journeys with middle-school students, homework assistance, turkey giveaways at Thanksgiving, tree and toy giveaways during the Holiday Season and they also attend neighborhood events.
The CED works closely with all ten SFPD districts by collaborating with a designated liaison allowing each station to keep CED informed of upcoming community events and concerns. The CED is committed to its continued work with community leaders in order to build on reciprocity and shared understandings of the concerns within the diverse communities represented in San Francisco. As a department we are dedicated to understanding the various concerns and needs specific to each group.
In addition, CED collaborates on community events with organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics of Northern California and others.
Here are a few other programs in which the Community Engagement Division participates:
- The Wilderness Adventure Program, in which officers accompany youth on backpacking, kayaking and other outdoor adventures.
- The Police Activities League, which sponsors a variety of programs for youth, including fishing trips, football, and martial arts.
- The Reserve Police Officer Program, which prepares volunteers to assist city police.
- The SF Unified School District Liaison: a police captain who oversees the SFPD’s 19 School Resource Officers.
- The Limited English Proficiency service, which provides interpreters to help people communicate with police.
- Operation Genesis believes that supporting young people is key to healing the relationships between law enforcement and the communities in which they serve. Operation Genesis provides opportunities for at-risk youth including an all-expense-paid, 10-day trip to Ghana, Africa.
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