Mayor Lee Appoints Gregory P. Suhr as Chief Of Police

Selection of Police Chief with 30 Years of Vital Experience, Proven Leadership, and Reformer Background to Bring SFPD to 21st Century

04/27/11— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today appointed and swore in Captain Gregory P. Suhr as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).

“I am very proud today to appoint and swear in Greg Suhr as Chief of Police to succeed former Police Chief and now District Attorney George Gascón,” said Mayor Lee. “Chief Suhr has been a leader within the SFPD with 30 years of experience and is deeply committed to ongoing reforms and increased accountability in the police department. His selection moves the SFPD into the 21st century. He will work to bring violent crime in our City to historic lows and implement innovative crime prevention strategies to keep San Francisco the safest big city in our country.”

“Greg Suhr is a professional police leader and a strong supporter of the hardworking men and women of the San Francisco Police Department,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “He's committed to our reform agenda including making San Francisco the safest large city in the U.S., the implementation of COMPSTAT, and discipline reform. I applaud the Mayor and the Police Commission on their selection. Greg is the ultimate champion of community policing.”

Chief Suhr joined the San Francisco Police Department in 1981 and rose through the ranks becoming Captain of Bayview and Mission stations and Deputy Chief of Field Operations, the largest bureau in the Police Department with more than 1,400 officers. He started working as a patrol officer at Tenderloin Station and also worked in the Street Crimes Task Force. Chief Suhr served as Deputy Chief/Captain of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in a Homeland Security capacity to protect San Francisco’s Regional Hetch Hetchy Water System and Wastewater System, Commander of Patrol, Commander of Special Operations Division, Captain and Watch Commander/Lieutenant of Mission Station, and Sergeant in the Narcotics Division.

Chief Suhr has worked with the Delancey Street Foundation and Dr. Mimi Silbert to implement Safe Corridor, dedicated to reducing juvenile violence and gang violence in the Mission District since the late 1990s. He has instituted sports programs at both Mission (soccer) and Bayview (basketball) Stations where police officers participate in games with gang and community members to prevent and reduce violence in the community. Chief Suhr serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco and the Bayview YMCA.

Chief Suhr holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Business Administration and Applied Economics and a Certificate in the Counter-Terrorism Executive Program from the University of Southern California. 

SFPD is committed to being a world-class police department and a leader among urban police departments by hiring and promoting talented officers and professional staff, employing the highest standards of performance, best practices in policing, and accountability, and reflecting the values of the world-class city it serves. During District Attorney Gascón’s tenure as Police Chief, violent crime in San Francisco dropped to historic lows not seen since the 1960s through the strategic deployment of law enforcement resources, reform and accountability within the SFPD and increased collaboration with the City’s diverse communities to prevent crime. For the last four months, SFPD Assistant Chief Jeff Godown served as Interim Chief of Police when Gascón was appointed to serve as District Attorney. 

As Chief of Police, Chief Suhr is committed to the creation of the 6th Street Police Substation in Central Market that complements the City’s effort to revitalize and transform the area and address quality-of-life issues, diversity in the SFPD that is reflective of the diversity of the communities of San Francisco, implementing COMPSTAT and using crime data for greater accountability, ensuring proper training and direction regarding all police operations, reducing the backlog of disciplinary cases, addressing crime, violence, and quality-of-life issues by engaging communities and all city agencies in problem-solving partnerships, and presenting a department budget that reflects the values and priorities of the SFPD.