Elsewhere: San Francisco police chief reorganizes command Chron

San Francisco police Chief George Gascon’s planned reorganization of the department’s command staff and other officials will take effect in November, the department announced Thursday.

Gascon made good on his intention to create three assistant chief positions, instead of one, and consolidated five deputy chiefs into two deputy chief positions.

He also added a command position for his CompStat crime pattern tracking system, to be held by Jeff Godown, with whom Gascon worked at the Los Angeles Police Department. Godown, a detective, was in charge of CompStat in that city.

CompStat is designed to more easily track crime in neighborhoods and identify specific problem areas, and to compel accountability from district captains.

This week, Gascon began the first of an ongoing series of public CompStat meetings with the captains that will be held every two weeks.

Another facet of Gascon’s reorganization is decentralization. He announced Thursday the redeployment of about 100 investigators from department headquarters to the district stations, a move he said would bolster crime fighting efforts and department efficiency.

The department has also recently doubled its public affairs staff in an effort to assist media inquiries.

The reorganization will take effect Nov. 14, according to the department.

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