Gregory P. Suhr
Chief of the San Francisco Police Department
Chief Suhr’s guiding philosophy is, “I can’t believe that I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help people. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be the Chief in the best Police Department in the best City in the world. I know that there is a kid out there that thinks that cops are heroes. I might be the first cop that he or she has ever seen. I owe that kid my best. Every cop does.”
Greg Suhr is a 33-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department who was selected as San Francisco’s 42nd Chief of Police on April 27, 2011. He firmly believes in the idea that the Police Department exists to serve the needs of our customers – those who live, work, visit and play in our beautiful city. That belief serves as the foundation for many of the changes Chief Suhr has implemented during his tenure, which began with allowing any member of the public access to the Chief’s Office. It is not enough to talk about being open and accessible, public officials must actually be open and accessible.
Chief Suhr was born and raised in this great city and feels that his success can be attributed to having caring adults around to provide guidance and support when he needed it. He believes that peace officers have a unique opportunity to help children growing up make good choices. The SFPD is dedicated to working closely with organizations that provide our children with positive opportunities – and that encourage young people to get an education, at least finishing high school. It is every officer’s duty to be there for children, both for their safety and for their future success.