by Vivian Ho
Originally published: September 27, 2017
The San Francisco Police Department now has the most black officers serving in leadership positions in the department’s 168-year history, according to a workplace group representing nonwhite officers.
In Chief William Scott’s most recent round of promotions, three African American lieutenants — Valerie Matthews, Milanda Moore and Steven Ford — were promoted to the rank of captain, and four African American sergeants were promoted to the rank of lieutenant, said Lt. Yulanda Williams, president of Officers for Justice.
Williams was one of the sergeants promoted, as were Dennis Toomer, Roshawn McKeever and Derrick Jackson. According to Williams, this round of promotions means that the department now has the highest number of black officers holding leadership positions — 19 — since its founding in 1849.