In June 2020, San Bruno City Manager, Jovan D. Grogan, committed to conduct a comprehensive review of policing in San Bruno as the country experienced protests and calls for police reforms following the tragic death of George Floyd and the “8 Can’t Wait” movement, which sought changes in local law enforcement practices. The commitment was established as City Manager Grogan drafted an open letter to the San Bruno community. At that time, the City of San Bruno launched the Safe and Equitable Policing Review.
The goal statement for the Safe and Equitable Policing Review was:
Enhance the Police Department’s ability to provide for the public safety needs of our Community fairly and equitably, through a review of Police Department policies, practices, data analysis, and an assessment of community perceptions.
Phase I of the Review began in 2020 with an Internal Review by the San Bruno Police Department. Phase II of the Review was an independent review of SBPD with an analysis and report commissioned by the San Bruno City Manager’s Office. The independent review conducted as part of Phase II did not find any evidence of inequitable service, unfair treatment, or systemic bias within the San Bruno Police Department. In fact, the report notes several areas where the San Bruno Police Department has adopted best practices and is leading in its adoption of equity-based practices and wellness programs for its officers.