Message from South San Francisco Chief of Police Jeffrey Azzopardi

South San Francisco, CA  June 1, 2020 Press Release

To the residents and community of South San Francisco,

The members of the South San Francisco Police Department and I would like to send our sincerest thanks and appreciation to our residents, business owners, and surrounding community members for all the support they have shown during the challenging times we are facing as a Nation, State, County, and City. Your support has not gone unnoticed as we have dealt with the challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic, and now to the violent protests and riots surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As we watch cities throughout our country get torn apart by violence and criminal acts, we appreciate the peacefulness here in our own City. This has allowed us to help other cities in the Bay Area as they attempt to stop the violence and restore peace and order.

​We fully support peaceful protesting and those that wish to express their voices and feelings in a peaceful and lawful manner. However, we will not tolerate violence, property destruction, and criminal behavior in South San Francisco. We are fully committed to protecting our citizens, property, and businesses from those who harm our community. Those that violate the law will be sought out and held accountable for their actions through the criminal justice system.

The misconduct by the police officers in Minneapolis does not reflect the professionalism and high expectations of our officers here in South San Francisco. We have always been here to protect and serve our residents with integrity and honor, and that will not change. We will continue to strive to be the best law enforcement professionals this community deserves. The trust and positive relationships we have built over the years with our residents and community remain strong, and we are confident we can get through anything together. Thank you again for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Azzopardi
Chief of Police

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