SF marks opening of new special victims unit

October 20, 2011 7:55:06 PM PDT
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and police Chief Greg Suhr Thursday celebrated the opening of the Police Department's first-ever special victims unit.

The office, located at police headquarters at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, is bringing together several units within the department, including domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and sex crimes.

Suhr said the unit allows the department to "take care of our most vulnerable" and will allow investigators from the various divisions to "pick up expertise from each other."

Lee said the unit is an example of how "we have to do better with less," given smaller budgets in city departments, and said he was happy with how Suhr was able to "reorganize properly with the future in mind."

Police Commission President Thomas Mazzucco said the new unit will also "streamline the process in terms of managing these offices."

The opening of the unit didn't go off without a hitch, though.

After a ribbon was cut to celebrate the opening, police unveiled the sign on the window of the office, which said "SPECIAL VICTIM'S UNIT."

Police officials quickly scratched the unnecessary apostrophe off the sign before leading the mayor and media members on a tour of the office.

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