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June 12, 2020

CSU Police Chiefs Pledge to Implement Recommendations from President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

“As police chiefs of the California State University's 23 campus police departments, we have been galvanized by the many voices across our state and nation demanding accountability, equity and justice. We have seen the tragic impact of racism and bigotry, and many in our departments have experienced it personally. We are unitedly determined to take action.

With the vigorous support of CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White and the strong endorsement of every CSU campus president, we pledge our commitment to implement the recommendations of The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, reported to President Barack Obama in May 2015. We are determined to lead by example, joining a growing number of American cities that have committed – collectively and collaboratively – to address police use-of-force policies. To that end, and effective immediately, we are prohibiting the use of the carotid control hold by all CSU police officers. Additionally, no CSU police officer will receive or participate in trainings that teach the carotid control hold.

As we implement the recommendations of the 21st Century Policing report, we re-commit ourselves and our departments to ensuring the safety, security and well-being of our students, faculty and staff on every CSU campus."


Recommendations from The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing are designed to help communities and law enforcement agencies build trust and collaboration, while continuing to reduce crime. The recommendations are organized around six key pillars: Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Officer Wellness and Safety, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, and Training and Education.

Police chiefs from every CSU campus are actively working to address and implement the Task Force's recommendations, and will seek for ways to incorporate these concepts into the training and certification provided by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (CA POST). All CSU police officers are sworn and certified by CA POST, and receive further training in de-escalating situations that might be caused by mental health or controlled substance issues. CSU officers are committed to maintaining a safe campus environment by being student-focused and community oriented.




June 4, 2020

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April 2, 2020

In response to the shelter-in-place (link is external) order that was issued by the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco State University Police Department has made modifications to services that we provide to our community. These modifications are intended to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and they will remain in effect until the shelter-in-place has been lifted for our community. For more information about COVID-19, visit the University COVID-19 website or the San Francisco Public Health Department’s website (link is external).

The San Francisco State University Police Department remains dedicated to serving our community. When calling us, please be patient, and be prepared to answer additional questions from our dispatchers that will help assess the exposure to risk for any first responders who are sent to assist you.

To meet shelter-in-place and social distancing standards, our dispatchers will ask a series of questions to determine whether your request can be effectively handled over the phone. Our officers will handle calls for service over the phone instead of making in-person visits when their presence isn’t required. Our police officers will continue to respond in-person to all emergency calls and where the situation demands it. These measures are only temporary and will keep everyone safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University Police Department lobby will be open for essential safety assistance but will be monitored remotely, and the front counter will not be staffed. A white phone inside the University Police Department lobby can be used to directly contact someone in our Communication Center who will assist you. If you have questions or need assistance, call the Communications Center at (415) 338-7200.

All non-essential in-person services, including LiveScan, have been suspended and will remain so until the shelter-in-place for our community has been lifted. All trainings offered by our department, such as Rape Aggression Defense, Citizen’s Police Academy and Active Threat trainings, have been suspended. Please visit our website for online Active Threat Training.

Lost and found property will be accepted during the shelter-in-place but will be limited to items with identification or high-value items such as cash, jewelry or electronics. We will no longer accept perishable items, liquids, wet and dirty items, miscellaneous clothing, accessories, bags and backpacks or items that do not contain owner identification. If the bag or backpack contains high-value items, currency or identification, it will be accepted. Property can only be retrieved by calling (415) 338-2306 to make an appointment.

We understand the impact these modifications may have on our community, but your health and safety are our No. 1 concern. We will continue to keep you informed regarding modifications to our services. The SF State University Police Department’s mission has not changed, and we thank you for your patience and understanding during these times.








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The Mission


The San Francisco State University Police Department is a diverse organization that prides itself with delivering professional community policing with integrity and sensitivity.








The Department


The University Police Department is a pro-active professional police agency dedicated to providing a safe environment for our campus community. We operate a progressive community policing plan with our budgeted sworn complement of 29 officers. We expanded our traffic enforcement program to the entire area adjacent to the campus with particular focus on 19th/Holloway Avenue and Font Boulevard/Lake Merced Boulevard at the entrance to Lots 19 and 20. The University Police Department consists of a group of dedicated professionals who strive to serve the academic environment and do it with pride.


In addition to the normal assignments within the department, all police officers participate in specialized assignments and programs so that they can better serve the campus.


The University Police dispatchers staff the dispatch center twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Their duties include: answering all University Police general and emergency phone lines, providing information to the public, dispatching officers to calls for service or crimes in progress, monitor all campus fire and safety alarms, inputting data into the Police Automated Records and Management System, inputting data into the California Law Enforcement Teletype System, logging of crime reports, and assisting visitors at the University Police counter. The dispatchers clearly have multiple roles, especially during emergencies, where they serve as a critical part of our operation.


All of the dispatchers have attended a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Dispatcher School.











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