GGU Corruption Expert Weighs in on Nationwide City Corruption and Police Body Cameras in San Francisco

In 2016, the San Francisco Police Commission announced plans to introduce  body cameras to the San Francisco Police Department. Speaking at Golden Gate University this month, Dr. Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez – a worldwide authority on city corruption – said that emerging technologies like body cameras are needed to help monitor police and reduce tragic incidents and cover-ups.

Corruption BookThe new book he co-edited, Corruption and American Cities: Essays and Case Studies in Ethical Accountability, covers police issues in a number of articles including Body-Worn Cameras: Using the Wealth of Data Efficiently by Paul Figueroa, former Assistant Chief of Police in Oakland, California and Coffee and Doughnuts: Building Accountability by Nova Southeastern University Professor John J. Carroll.

Co-edited by GGU distinguished adjunct professor Roger L. Kemp, Corruption and American Cities offers 60 articles by practitioners, scholars, and journalists who investigate the reasons behind corruption and presents guidelines for better accountability. Beyond police issues, the articles cover corrupt practices that range from embezzlement, graft, bribery, kickbacks, extortion, nepotism and patronage to the misuse of funds, vehicles, equipment, supplies and other public resources.

The key to greater ethics and accountability in government is a mix of old and new school approaches, from FBI stings to a report card system.

Gonzalez said that increasing news reports on corrupt activities have reduced people’s trust of government. Citing Chapman University’s 2016 Survey of American Fears, he noted that Americans named “corrupt government officials” as their biggest fear out of 88 topics. That’s above terrorism, biological warfare, and economic collapse.

Gonzalez underscored that the key to greater ethics and accountability in government is a mix of old and new school approaches, from FBI stings to a report card system.

If you are interested in being a committed professional who will be part of the solution to municipal corruption, you can check out GGU’s Executive Master of Public Administration program where Gonzalez mentors the next generation of leaders.

More About the Authors

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Ph.D., is Mayor George Christopher Professor of Government and Russell T. Sharpe Professor of Business at Golden Gate University. He has worked on government reform, integrity, and ethics training projects with the World Bank, the Institute on Governance (Canada), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the governments of the U.S., Philippines, Singapore, and China.

Roger L. Kemp, Ph.D., has been a city manager on both the East and West coasts for more than 25 years and holds International City/County Management Association credentials. He has taught at the University of California, Rutgers University, the University of New Haven, and the University of Connecticut. He is a distinguished adjunct professor in the Executive MPA Program at Golden Gate University.

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