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City and County of San Francisco
Measure G Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

281,776 votes yes (80.77%)

67,096 votes no (19.23%)

Shall the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco be amended to: re-name the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) as the Department of Police Accountability (DPA); give DPA direct authority over its proposed budget; and require DPA to conduct a performance audit every two years of how the Police Department has handled claims of officer misconduct and use of force?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

If you vote “yes,” you want to amend the Charter to:

• rename the Office of Citizen Complaints as the Department of Police Accountability (DPA);

• require the DPA to review the San Francisco Police Department’s use-of-force policies and its handling of claims of police misconduct;

• allow the DPA to audit or review any SFPD policy, procedure or practice;

• specify the City records that the DPA may access to perform its duties; and

• provide that the DPA would separately submit its budget to the Mayor.

NO vote means

If you vote “no,” you do not want to make these changes.

Summary

Ballot Simplification Committee

The Way It Is Now: The City has an Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) overseen by the City’s Police Commission (the civilian oversight body of the Police Department). The OCC investigates complaints of misconduct and neglect of duty by police officers, and may file disciplinary charges against officers. The Mayor appoints a Director of the OCC from nominees selected by the Police Commission, and the Board of Supervisors confirms the Mayor’s appointment.

City departments, officers and employees must cooperate with OCC investigations.

The Police Commission approves the OCC’s budget as part of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) budget. After the Police Commission approves a proposed budget, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors may change it before adoption.

The Proposal: Proposition G is a Charter amendment that would rename the OCC as the Department of Police Accountability (DPA). The Police Commission would still oversee the DPA.

The Mayor will continue to be responsible for appointing the DPA Director unless voters approve Proposition G. The Mayor would appoint a Director from nominees selected by the Police Commission, and the Board of Supervisors would confirm the Mayor’s appointment.

At least every two years the DPA would review SFPD’s use-of-force policies and its handling of claims of police misconduct. The DPA Director would also have the discretion to audit or review any SFPD policy, procedure or practice.

Proposition G would also specify that City departments, officers and employees, unless prohibited by law, must provide the following types of records to the DPA:

• records regarding SFPD policies or practices;

• personnel and disciplinary records;

• criminal investigative and prosecution files; and

• other records to which the Police Commission has access.

Proposition G would provide that the DPA budget would be prepared and submitted separately from the SFPD budget, and would not need Police Commission approval. Instead, the DPA Director would submit DPA’s proposed budget directly to the Mayor. The Mayor and Board of Supervisors could change the budget before adoption.

Financial effect

City Controller Ben Rosenfield

City Controller Ben Rosenfield has issued the following statement on the fiscal impact of Proposition G:

Should the proposed charter amendment be approved by the voters, in my opinion, it would have a minimal impact on the cost of government. 

The proposed amendment would rename the Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) to the Department of Police Accountability (DPA). Though the amendment does not change the existing authority granted to the OCC, it states that DPA shall conduct a performance audit or review every two years on police officer use of force and how the Police Department has handled claims of officer misconduct. The proposed amendment also separates the DPA budget from the budget of the Police Department and states that DPA will submit its budget directly to the Mayor. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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