Chief Restricts Cops From Making Suspects Sit On Ground Because It's 'Demeaning'

San Francisco police can only order suspects to sit down "as a last resort and only when necessary," the chief said.

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco police chief has determined that telling suspects to sit on the ground or sidewalk is “demeaning,” and that officers who continue this practice will be violating department policy.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott recently explained the policy change in a department memo.

According to a department spokesperson, the change is “aligned with 21st century policing, our department values and our commitment to [providing] safety with respect to everyone whom our officers encounter,” KTVU reported.

In the memo, Chief Scott told officers that seating any “detained subject” on the sidewalk or ground “should be avoided.”

He suggested that officers also consider “whether any detained individual should be placed in handcuffs” and if backup officers should be called to assist.

The chief said there would still be some “exceptional” cases where suspects attempt to resist arrest and have to be taken “to the ground,” but noted that they should be secured in a patrol vehicle as soon as possible.

“In order to carry out duties respectfully and professionally, sitting a subject on the ground or sidewalk should be done only as a last resort and only when necessary,” Chief Scott wrote.

Chief Scott also ordered that officers complete an incident report “anytime it is necessary to seat an individual on the ground,” according to the memo.

It was unclear what may have prompted the policy change.

Comments (61)
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JBo
JBo

Maybe the chief is going to issue folding chairs that officers can carry around in their trunks...along with skewers for the marshmallows and Sterno for the impromptu campfires.

NomonK
NomonK

Snowflakes have entered the police department

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Don't forget to offer teddy bears and crayons!

Iowa48
Iowa48

Perhaps the "Chief" needs to consider that suspects simply find it demeaning to be stopped by the police. Alignmment with 21st Century policing will likely require a prohibition against his officers contacting suspects, in order to avoid embarrassing the suspects, or hurting their feelings.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I worked for a chief like this. More concerned about appearances and PC than the safety of his officers. And we paid for it in cops getting hurt - and worse.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Perhaps the Chief can have the squads equipped with a device to keep coffee and hot coco warm and offer it to them, possibly help them by holding the cup when they're cuffed. Don't forget the home baked cookies and muffins the officers wives can make for their shifts. Let's not forget the hug they get when dropped off at jail.. Just my thoughts.......

Boxerdoni
Boxerdoni

California has become such an embarrassment! Just give all the criminals a Key to the City and be done with it!!

derenthala
derenthala

What a clown !!!

robocop95
robocop95

California tops themselves with stupidity every day.

modixie
modixie

Please tell me this is a joke. If it's not then the chief is a joke.

Katarina
Katarina

Wish he was as concerned about the way his officers are treated and their safety. He should get out of his safe office and contact some criminals on the street where he would have to worry about his own safety.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Is it my imagination in that there is a hugely disproportionate amount of articles on this site involving blacks? No, not every article, but when these folks are just 12% of the overall population the end results of them showing up in so many various negative news articles is staggering. ....and almost always on the "wrong side" of an issue.

COLORBLIND
COLORBLIND

the U.S. really needs to sever ties with california 80% of the U.S. problems would go away

Retired28yearsgt
Retired28yearsgt

After reading this this article I can only shake my head and Thank God I made it out in mostly one peice. This Chief is out of touch with the dangers on the street that LE faces every day. He needs to get out from behind the desk and work a couple of months of a 3-11 or graveyard shifts to get his head back on straight before he endangers our brothers and sisters for no reason!

OldVet
OldVet

Police Chief Is STUPID

Badge155498
Badge155498

Resign you stupid SOB.

3rdBattBoi
3rdBattBoi

Having a suspect sit is vital. At that exact moment you’re reading their body language and know whether they are or are not going to be cooperate. Even if they decide later to become uncooperative, the suspects have to come up and off the ground to do it; which gives you that needed time to react. Buddy Chief is a Moron

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

So, is Chief Scott going to provide each Patrol Vehicle a Throne for Suspects to sit on? And, what will the next new policy will be when the first AH starts crying for some other imposition that they feel demeans them?

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

The Chief is the City of San Francisco's Joke. Out of Touch and more into Political Correctness than Serving the Citizens.

tulefine
tulefine

So much for protecting your officers. This PC stuff has gotten crazy!

Jones24
Jones24

Guess he forgot where he came from. #joker

Devilmom
Devilmom

This chief is so out of touch with the men and women on the road that it’s not even funny. You sit subjects on the ground beside you for officers safety. I guess he is more worried about people getting there feelings hurt than his officers safety. Another example where someone in a position that doesn’t need to be!!!

K9ndn
K9ndn

Then we’re in the hell do you want them stupid? You have multiple suspects how in the hell do you control The scene, or suspects? Thank God I do not live in California. I thank God every day I don’t work out there.

Old was fuzz
Old was fuzz

Chief doesn’t want citizens sitting in human shit or needles that are on public walkways.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

When will California become it's own country ? This is freaking unreal !

cspcapt
cspcapt

it's CA what do you expect, pretty soon CA will be giving suspects a stipend for being arrested

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

What an asshole. I couldn't and wouldn't work for a clown that believes it's demeaning to tell a suspect to sit on the ground. It keeps them from running, it makes them feel smaller and less likely to resist. There are myriad reasons for doing it. And on top of that he wants people detained not handcuffed? He doesn't care about officer safety.

Bob480
Bob480

He's a liberal cuck! I can't wait till he starts disarming his police officers so the citizens feel safer.

angeleyes
angeleyes

what do you expect from Cali, the inmates run the asylum. next step is for our LEOs to sternly (with respect and consideration) talk to the criminals, pat them on the back and help them across the street. They must sit up nights thinking "what can i do or say to make it more dangerous for our LEOs".

Alpha Male 1
Alpha Male 1

Ass hat

Sheriffone
Sheriffone

I am so thankful that I am no longer a LEO in Cali...

BobIn704
BobIn704

I always looks to see if the article is about CALI first and then start to laugh when I am right! I think nobody should be arrested. They should all group hug, high five each other and as long as the victim isn't dead, all go home and call it a day. Hows that? It's unfair to have them sit, be handcuffed and I would go as far as saying being placed behind bars like an animal. SO UNREAL that we would do that to someone that hurts or kill someone. Shame on us, the law-abiding people. This Chief is an ass clown and needs to be taken out of his role......maybe he needs to go back on the streets and stop hiding behind a desk collecting a paycheck!

Krsmith2
Krsmith2

Can we had out ice cream too?

Albert2
Albert2

How in the HELL does anyone work in CA between the 9th circuit and liberal crazy shit like this

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Ok,so let me see,after the arrest and handcuffing, you have to pull out the recliner or Dept issued bean bag chair and make sure they are seated comfortably so that they are not embarrassed or demeaned in any way! What in all that is holy is the law enforcement community coming to! God help us...Big Sexy.

MandMarndt
MandMarndt

I'm guessing the Chief never spent time on the street. He probably worked on Gov. Brown's security team inside the Capital. Good grief.

Dick Elliott
Dick Elliott

Where do they find these freakin losers?? I think I'm feeling sick!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Only in California. Stupid!👎

Whutsup
Whutsup

This Chief needs to be fired for just plain ignorance...

J10107
J10107

Well I hope that every San Franciscan police officer has William Scott's cell number, so he can run out the most comfortable folding chairs available, to all the respectable San Franciscans under investigation out in the field.....you wanna be half assed politician !!!!

ps: Scott, don't forget your running shoes, because all those under investigation will be able to spring up and run faster from the folding chairs quicker than from the ground or curb YOU DUMB ASS !!!!

new2lv2
new2lv2

Not that I really want to see this happen. But since all these cities love their criminals so much, all LEO's in places like san Francisco should just walk off the job for 24 hours. Lets see how much the city will love their criminals then.

LEO030
LEO030

It seems the chief (by title only, certainly not ability) cares more about the safety of some felon than that of his officers. Having suspects sit with their legs crossed or temporarily placed in handcuffs are for the officers safety. Having a backup officer is also for the safety of those involved. This edict is absolutely insane and has nothing to do with 21st century policing. Now if some officer, who has already found a job elsewhere was to post a picture on social media of a suspect sitting on a beanbag chair sitting a latte, that would be funny as shit. Although I doubt the pretend chief would think so.

Bacon_BMW
Bacon_BMW

If I got arrested, I would want to sit rather than stand. I mean, you don't know how long you'll be standing there.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Another moronic policy instituted by a chief who obviously has forgotten what it's like on the streets. Ca. Cities treat criminals better than their own cops. No wonder recruitment of police is down nationwide. The pedalem swings both ways and ksrma is a bitch.

Rsqumedic
Rsqumedic

How about squat on one leg and cluck like a chicken...is that still ok ?

coot1919
coot1919

Once I saw his uniform patch I needed all I needed to know.

TJen
TJen

Next step: Taxpayers carry the bill for officers to carry chairs in their trunks. That will be popular.

Shirb148
Shirb148

Instead of not allowing them to sit on the ground, all SF cops should have beanbag chairs for suspects to sit on. Has anyone ever gotten out of a beanbag chair quickly? It's impossible!! The perp will be nice and comfy, which will make the chief happy, and the cops will have 45 minutes notice if the perp tries to run. It's a win/win!!

Hunter 001
Hunter 001

I know Mr Victim, the suspect I have in custody has more rights then you. I understand you were robbed, assaulted, hit be this drunk driver, broke into your house and harmed your family, sold drugs to your kid, pointed a firearm at you, stolen you vehicle, put you in the hospital, making funeral arrangements instead of planning you family vacation, but he has more rights then you. By the way will you Mr Victim sit on the curb and wait for me as I have to disregard your needs and ensure the suspect is ok. It would be a dam shame if you hurt one hair on him while fighting for your life.

RPG156
RPG156

You know what else is demeaning? Working for a department that employs a chief that puts the "feelings" of criminals above the "safety" of cops...