On Monday, June 26, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott welcomed the largest academy class in three years.
The SFPD reported in a news release that the 280th Basic Academy Class has 32 recruits, the largest class since 2020 when the COVID pandemic caused widespread challenges with hiring and retaining police officers in San Francisco and the rest of California, SFNews reports.
“I am overjoyed as I look on at this class of recruits,” Chief Scott said. “Our recruitment unit has worked hard to streamline the hiring process and double down on the quality of applicants as well as the quantity. I thank them for their efforts. This class represents a new generation of potential police officers, who are now beginning their journeys in learning the skills and values of what it means to be a San Francisco Police Officer.”
The SFPD remains over 570 officers short of its recommended staffing levels, the 280th Basic Academy Class will help move San Francisco in the right direction, the SFPD noted.