In another move being touted as an efficiency measure, SFPD has hired over a dozen new officers who aren’t actually all that new. As KCBS reports, these “lateral transfers,” or officers who’ve quit their force to move to another city’s department, need only be trained in SF policies and culture.
As SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield tells KCBS, “One of the advantages to hiring lateral transfers is that they have already been trained post-police academy so you can get them out on the street much faster.”
“It only takes eight weeks” says Dangerfield, “to take a lateral candidate in because they’ve already had basic training and they’re just now learning the policies of San Francisco.”
Fourteen officers have been hired in all, with four of them coming from Oakland.