SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Police Department Officer Joel Babbs was arrested after an Internal Affairs probe that commenced in June 2017. In June, the Internal Affairs Division of the SFPD was altered of a vehicle code violation committed by Babbs.

According to the SFPD, during the investigation, it was discovered that a false police report was filed regarding the violation by Babbs. After completing their investigation, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office reviewed the facts of the case and Internal Affairs investigators issued an arrest warrant for the officer.

On Thursday, September 21, Joel Babbs was charged with one misdemeanor count of false registration tabs (license plate stickers) and one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report. He is currently assigned to a non-public contact position.

The San Francisco Police Department has thanked the District Attorney’s Office for assisting during the investigation.

“The public’s trust is of the utmost importance to the members of the SFPD and the department will continue to work hard to build and maintain this trust,” states a press release from the SFPD website.

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott indicated that department members will continue to hold each other accountable and will act swiftly to report any behavior that might bring dishonor the SFPD and the city of San Francisco.