Just as an example, the report identified a problem with an agency policy put in place to require all officers in uniform to carry a 36-inch baton on their duty belts. They cited there was no study, no input, and no training prior to implementation of the policy. The training unit learned of the proposal only when the policy was implemented.
This leads to a recommendation in the report that could be troubling. Apparently, the DOJ believes officers should use batons to deal with suspects confronting officers with knives:
- Recommendation 7.1: The SFPD must develop a policy on the use of the 36-inch baton for the use of interacting with individuals with edged weapons.
- Recommendation 7.2: The SFPD must develop training on the use of the 36-inch baton for the use of interacting with individuals with edged weapons.