San Francisco Police Department moves into 20th century, secures email 

The San Francisco Police Department stepped boldly into the 20th century this week, securing a technology known as “email” for its more than 1800-member police force.

“And yes, I agree that this shouldn’t be news in 2011,” Chief Greg Suhr told a group of smirking reporters Thursday.

Suhr said the department still needed to develop a policy for officers using email and to set up an email directory.
 “As of yesterday…every member of the San Francisco Police Department is now in the city server and has a city email address that they can use, and that the public can use,” he said.

The Police Department has wanted to get email for officers for years, but it wasn’t until Suhr became chief in April that it materialized.

Members of the command staff, captains, administrative staff and specialized police units already have email, but now patrol officers will be brought up to date.

Suhr said he hoped to have email up and running “in the next two weeks to 30 days.”

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said email will be a useful tool “for beat officers to connect with the communities they serve,” including merchants and residents. It will also be helpful for inter-department communication, he said.

Though there will still be some inconsistency, with most of the department using an “sfgov” address, while those officers at the Public Utilities Commission will use the commission’s “sfwater” address.

“At some point in time, you know, in Camelot, we’ll all have the same @ address,” Suhr said.

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