Keeping our Communities Safe

Today I joined the new Chief Scott and the new SFPD Richmond Station Captain Gaetano Caltagirone to talk with residents and businesses about public safety in the neighborhood.

Ensure we don’t lay off any of our police officers

San Francisco is facing a two-year budget deficit of $650 million, and because of that I directed all departments to propose budget cuts of 7.5% to 10%. We must find savings in our city budget and be responsible about allocating new revenue in order to prevent deep service cuts and ensure our city can recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of that process, the police department identified cuts which would mean losing 167 police officers and 43 civilian positions. That number has been out in public, and I want to be clear that it is only a proposal that is part of our budget process.

Implement a Consistent Response to Repeat Offenders

Too many crimes, including those that have resulted in people dying on our streets, have involved people who have repeatedly been arrested and then, for whatever reason, end up back on the street where they reoffend. Clearly, there are gaps and our public safety agencies need to do better.

Address Gun Violence through Targeted Interventions

San Francisco is receiving a $1.5 million California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant over the next three years to help reduce shootings, break the cycle of recidivism where people cycle in and out of the criminal justice system, and to build trust between the community and the Police Department.

  • 85% of shooting victims and suspects are Black and Latino men, while they comprise less than 10% of the City’s total population.
  • 29% of all violent firearm crimes in 2019 took place in San Francisco’s Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods with a quarter of all the City’s homicides for the past five years occurring there.
  • A majority of gun homicides and non-fatal shootings are driven by or connected to street group dynamics; those at the highest risk of gun violence in San Francisco are primarily 18–35, Black and Latino men with justice-involvement and social connections to each other.

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London Breed

London Breed

45th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco