Good Question: Why Does SF Have A Police Chief And Sheriff?

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) –- It’s one of many ways the City by the Bay is unique. Wendy Wang asked this Good Question: Why does San Francisco have both a police chief and a sheriff?

ANSWER: San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey said the California State Constitution requires that every county in the state have an elected sheriff. Since San Francisco is both a city and county it has a sheriff’s department and police department. Each agency has different duties, with SFPD handling patrol work and the Sheriff’s Department running the jails, providing court security and enforcing civil judgment.

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