Public Safety

Bacillus anthracis. This bacterium causes anthrax with malignant lesions that turn into eschars. If the contamination is not treated the illness spreads through the lymphatic system and the septicemia is rapidly deadly. Optical microscope x 2000. (Getty Images)

Live Anthrax Spores Possibly Sent To Stanford Lab; CDC Now Analyzing

A vial shipment sent to a Stanford lab last July may have contained small quantities of live anthrax spores, but officials say there is no threat to public safety.

05/28/2015

Kensington Police Sergeant Keith Barrow. (CBS)

Kensington Police Chief Ousted After Prostitute’s Pimp Shoots Himself With Detective’s Stolen Gun

The East Bay town of Kensington has decided not to keep its police chief after his handling of the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel.

02/17/2015

(CBS SF)

Firefighters Dealing With Spike In Mud Rescues On Bay

Rescue teams on the peninsula are dealing with a spike in the number of people getting stuck on the Bay.

02/11/2015

Interim San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel. (San Jose Police Department)

San Jose Police Chief Says City Is Safe But Admits Department’s Challenges

San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel tells KCBS In Depth that the largest city in the Bay Area is still a safe place to live but admits the challenges of keeping officers from leaving for better jobs.

02/02/2015

(Fairfield Police)

10-Year-Old Boy Honored For Reporting Gun In Friend’s Backpack At Fairfield Library

Fairfield police last week recognized a 10-year-old boy and his father for courageous actions they took in September.

02/02/2015

(Getty Images)

SF Company Encourages Kids To Steal Parents’ Guns And Bring Them To School

A San Francisco-based production company is under fire for a controversial anti-gun PSA encouraging children to steal their parents’ guns and turn them in at school.

12/23/2014

san jose city manager

San Jose Police, Fire Unions Say City Manager’s ‘Forced Resignation’ Has ‘Squashed’ Hope For Better Relations

San Jose City Manager Ed Shikada, acknowledging the City Council wanted new management, Wednesday announced his resignation as of Jan. 1, the day Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo takes office, according the city officials.

12/18/2014

San Jose Police Car (CBS)

With Few Recruits, San Jose Police Ranks Could Dip To 1985 Levels

San Jose could see its lowest number of police officers in three decades if the department continues to lose officers at a steady rate, according to a new report.

11/18/2014

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (Libby Schaff/A Better Oakland)

Oakland Mayor-Elect Libby Schaaf Envisions 80% Reduction In Crime: ‘I Plan To Make It Happen’

Schaaf said she has seen other cities like Los Angeles and New York significantly reduce their crime rate, and feels that Oakland can do the same.

11/13/2014

Oakland Police Department patrol car. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Oakland Mayoral Candidates Put Differences Aside To Support Public Safety Measure Z

The race for Mayor of Oakland is heating up with just three weeks to go, but on Monday the top candidates all campaigned with a common goal— to preach the benefits of funding for more police with Measure Z.

10/13/2014

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