A Safer San Francisco

The initiatives we are announcing today are bringing together multiple city departments in coordination to tackle the challenges we face.
  • Executing an Emergency Intervention Plan in the Tenderloin neighborhood,
  • Securing emergency police funding to ensure we have the resources to combat major safety problems over the next several months,
  • Amending our surveillance ordinance so law enforcement can prevent and interrupt crime in real time — something they’re effectively barred from doing now — to better protect our homes and businesses,
  • Disrupting the illegal street sales of stolen goods that have become a clear public safety issue and are contributing to retail theft.
San Francisco’s first Street Crisis Response Team launched in the Tenderloin. We now have 24/7 coverage of the entire city.

Tenderloin Emergency Plan

  • Preventing violent crime;
  • Streamlining emergency medical calls;
  • Interrupting open air-drug dealing;
  • Interrupting open-air substance abuse;
  • Establishing safe passage and accessibility for citizens;
  • Expanding housing resources;
  • Interrupting illegal vending;
  • Improving neighborhood cleanliness;
Community Ambassadors from Urban Alchemy in the Tenderloin are out on nearly every street to increase public safety.

Securing Emergency Police Funding

  • Responding to the rash of retail thefts, which have proliferated across California, with increased patrols and expanded investigations, through our Organized Retail Theft Initiative.
  • Confiscating more than 23 kilos of fentanyl, a catastrophic killer that is fueling this crisis, over the last year — four times more than the year before.
  • Expanding patrols through our Tourism Deployment Plan, which has increased safety in heavily trafficked areas as we welcome visitors back — something so essential to our economic recovery.
  • And focusing on auto burglaries, including making three significant major arrests over the last few weeks of the types of crews that we know are responsible not a few, not a dozen, but hundreds of burglaries every month.
Announcing new efforts to address car break-ins and disrupt the resale market of stolen goods

Expanding Access to Public Safety Tools

Disrupting Illegal Vending

  • Create an exclusion zone for all street vending activity in existing locations that are highly problematic, such as United Nations Plaza;
  • Give the Department of Public Works the flexibility to add locations where vending will be barred;
  • Regulate the number of street vendor permits issued;
  • Mandate highly visible posting of approved vendor permits to make it simple and easy for inspections at any time;
  • Request proof of purchase immediately from anyone attempting to sell goods;
  • Enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure accessibility in our public spaces;
  • Allow DPW to associate with law enforcement if there is a need to move individuals who are non-compliant and/or confiscate goods.

Next Steps

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