Commander Steven A. Ford grew up in San Francisco’s Ingleside district in the Oceanview and attended high school in Daly City. His law enforcement background spans over 30 years and includes assignments in Operations, Investigations, Administration, Special Operations, and Professional Standards-Strategic Management bureaus. Specific positions such as Internal Affairs, Professional Standards-Principled Policing, Staff Services, and serving as the Commanding Officer of Bayview Station resonate most. In addition, Commander Ford serves as adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University and City College where he instructs administration of justice and public administration course work. Moreover, Commander Ford is a published researcher-author in the areas of community policing theory, organizational structure theory, and participative management-procedural justice theory, as well as the nexus between those frameworks and what constitutes a “legitimate” community policing organization.
Commander Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University, a Master of Sciences Degree from California State University-Long Beach, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College (California). Commander Ford has also attended the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, California POST Command College, POST Executive Development, and San Francisco Leadership through the S.F. Chamber of Commerce.
Commander Ford considers his leadership and professional philosophy to be that of a contemporary leader who values the history of the profession, is focused on current challenges and has a vision for the future of policing. Commander Ford is personable, approachable, nurturing, and responsive.