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About Us & Our Mission


In January 2015 the BASF Board of Directors convened a Task Force on the Criminal Justice System, composed of prosecutors, defense attorneys, civil rights attorneys, law professors, the judiciary, members of law enforcement (police and sheriff) and police oversight agencies.  The Task Force formed several subcommittees to examine current practices regarding the collection and retention of data in detentions/arrests, analysis of collected data, use and policies regarding body cameras, training regarding bias (including implicit bias), use of grand juries in police-involved shootings, civilian oversight, use of force, Taser© use/safety, and bail reform.

As a whole, the Task force meets monthly while the committee work is ongoing.  Each committee has undertaken a comprehensive examination of best practices in each of the subject areas in order to provide well researched reports grounded in research and supported by data and/or expert opinion when appropriate.  This bipartisan and thorough analysis and the political and practical implications require a dedication of time, spirit and know-how by all Task Force members.

Task Force members have served as stakeholders in a number of City departments and policy developments including Body Cameras and Use of Force.  Recommendations of the Department of Justice are now being considered for implementation by both the SFPD and the Police Commission.  Task Force members have been invited to serve on all of these important working groups.

May 15, 2017: Police Reform and Changing Police Culture Panel Discussion


Police Reform and Changing Police Culture: A Conversation with Leadership from Bar Association of San Francisco on Vimeo.


Related information:

SF Police Propose $3.5M Budget to Arm Officers with Tasers [February 2018]

Police killing vulnerable people with Tasers, new research shows [February 2018]

San Francisco Human Rights Commission Report on Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs) [October 2017]

Tasers kill, but not in San Francisco: Community, unified for 13 years, again tells SFPD ‘No’ as new Taser vote looms Nov. 3

As SFPD reforms continue without DOJ, promises to keep pressure on [October 3, 2017]

The Tasers SF proposes buying are backed by few studies [October 1, 2017]

Board of Supervisors Hearing - Findings and Recommendations on Law Enforcement Practices [September 27, 2017]

BASF Urges San Francisco Police Commission to Not Approve Use of ECW's [September 20, 2017]

May 15, 2017: Police Reform and Changing Police Culture Panel Discussion [Recorded by]

May 2017: About the Criminal Justice Task Force Flyer

May 2017: BASF’s Letter to the San Francisco Police Commission Regarding the Department of Police Accountability

Criminal Justice Task Force: Addressing Community-Relationship Issues in Policing
San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Spring 2016

August 2016 Task Force letter to SFPD Acting Chief Toney Chaplin and SF Police Commission: Reports and Recommendations: Data Collection and Analysis

June 2016 Task Force letter to SFPD Acting Chief Toney Chaplin and SF Police Commission: Recommendation against allowing Tasers to be used in San Francisco at this time

May 2016: BASF Letter of Support for SB 1286 to Hon. Mark Leno

2015 Task Force letter to the SF Police Commission regarding use of body cameras.

2015: Governor Brown Signs the Mitchell Bill Banning Grand Juries in Fatal Police Actions

June 2015: BASF Letter of Support for SB 227 to Hon. Holly Mitchell


Additional Resources

Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department [October 2016]

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing [May 2015]

Guiding Principles on use of Force [March 2016, Police Executive Research Forum]

Re-Engineering Training on Police Use of Force [August 2015, Police Executive Research Forum]

Oakland Policing Report Executive Summary [June 2016, Stanford]

Strategies for Change: Research Initiatives and Recommendations to Improve Police-Community Relations in Oakland, Ca. [June 2016, Stanford]


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