SFPD and Community Groups Announce Release of
Know Your Rights Brochures for Youth in Five Languages
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, at the Huckleberry Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC), the San Francisco Police Department and the Juvenile Justice Coalition held a joint press conference to announce the release of a "Know Your Rights" brochures for youth, which have been translated into five languages
-- Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Speakers at the press event included George Gascón (SFPD Chief of Police), David Lazar (SFPD Investigations Bureau Commander), Denise Coleman (Director of Juvenile Justice Programs at Huckleberry Youth Programs), Joyce Hicks (Executive Director of the Office of Citizen Complaints), Ron Stueckle (Sunset Youth Services and Juvenile Justice Providers Association), Paul Henderson (Assistant District Attorney), and Tiara Hewitt (San Francisco Youth Commissioner).
The Juvenile Justice Coalition is comprised of over 25 city agencies and community groups including the Office of Citizen Complaints, Asian Law Caucus, Huckleberry CARC, and the SF Youth Commission. For the past several years, the Coalition has been collaborating with SFPD to improve police procedures and interactions with youth in San Francisco. This working group helped revise SFPD’s procedures governing police interactions with youth (See SFPD Department General Order 7.01).
Notable changes include:
•Transporting youth to juvenile facilities such as Huckleberry Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC) and the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) instead of to district stations where adults are detained,
•Prompt parental notification when juveniles are taken into temporary custody,
•Allowing parents to be present during interrogations, and
•Audio taping of juvenile interrogations.
After the San Francisco Police Commission adopted the working group’s proposed revisions in May 2008, SFPD and the Juvenile Justice Coalition continued their partnership to implement the new guidelines. They have coauthored department bulletins that outline the new procedures for officers, written an officer reference guide and are currently developing officer training materials that underscore key provisions in DGO 7.01.
Today, SFPD and the Juvenile Justice Coalition are proud to announce the release of the "Know Your Rights for Youth in San Francisco" brochure, which has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese, to help educate youth and parents about their rights under DGO 7.01. The brochures are now available on the OCC website at http://www.sfgov3.org/index.aspx?page=419 or HERE.