在過去的幾個月，我們繼續推進重要的公共安全政策。 這些措施中的每一項都需要幾個月的時間來建立市參事議會的支持及通過。 雖然前面還有很多工作要做，但這些都是重要的步伐，以支援我們努力為居民、上班人士和遊客打造更清潔、更安全的三藩市。
每一項的工作都將幫助我們鞏固三藩市內的公共安全，我感謝每位公務員的辛勤工作以及支持這些政策的市參事。 我還將繼續與新任地檢官謝安宜合作，她明確表示了我們需要加強追究責任，特別是對街頭毒品交易和重複犯案的人士。但公共安全不僅僅是警務人員配置和執法工具。 我們還需要繼續圍繞暴力預防、受害人服務和非警務替代方案實施等政策工作，使到社區更安全。 以下是一些例子：
Public Safety Priorities For A Safer San Francisco
By Mayor London Breed
Over the last several months, we have continued to push forward critical public safety policies. Each of these measures took months of work to build support for and pass through the Board. While we have a lot of work ahead of us, these are significant steps that will support our efforts to make San Francisco cleaner and safer for our residents, workers, and visitors.
Right now, San Francisco has a significant shortage of police officers able to walk beats, respond to calls for service, and investigate crimes when they happen. In our two-year city budget that I signed at the end of July, we funded new academy classes to fill 200 vacant positions in our Police Department.
But we have to do more than just fund academy classes – we also need to fill them. Police staffing shortages are a national issue. That’s why we also funded recruitment and retention bonuses in our budget, so we can attract new recruits and keep the officers we’ve already trained from leaving for other cities, as well as develop new strategies to help SFPD expand its recruitment efforts.
Regulating Street Vending
Unpermitted street vending in places like UN Plaza and the Mission have been disrupting our neighborhoods, blocking our sidewalks, and hurting small businesses. The selling of stolen goods, violence, and other illegal activity often surround this unpermitted vending.
To address this, we passed new laws to create a regulated system that allows legitimate vendors to operate, while giving us the ability to better prevent anyone from selling stolen goods and creating chaos on our streets. That system is now in place and we are already seeing improvements on our streets.
Public Safety Cameras
This week, after months of work, we passed a new law allowing the police to access live camera footage to deal with significant safety challenges. The new law balances giving our police a tool to confront the drug dealing, theft, and violence in our neighborhoods, while maintaining strong oversight and accountability protections to ensure this tool is used responsibly.
Each of these steps will help us shore up public safety in this City and I appreciate the hard work of City staff, as well as the members of the Board of Supervisors who supported these policies. I will also continue to work with our new District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, who has made it clear that we need to strengthen accountability in our City, especially for the open-air drug dealing and those committing repeat offenses.
But public safety isn’t just about police staffing and enforcement tools. We also continue to implement polices around violence prevention, victim services, and alternatives to policing, all of which help make our communities safer. Here are some examples to highlight our work:
Focused Gun Violence Deterrence
Our Police Department and Department of Public Health are committed to addressing the gun violence that has been impacting cities across the country, especially given the increase in ghost guns, which are un-serialized and untraceable weapons able to be assembled at home. A recent state grant for $6 million is being applied to regional and city-based efforts to prevent retaliatory violence, to rapid response at hospital-based settings where interventions can be most effective, and to intervene before gun violence occurs through intensive community-based work.
Clinics and Trainings for Victims
In the California Constitution, victims have certain rights under Marsy’s Law. But too often victims don’t know these rights, aren’t supported, or, worse, feel re-traumatized or victimized by the legal system which was never designed to care for victims of crime.
To make sure victims are supported by our justice system, we are currently training community-based advocates on how to enforce victims’ rights throughout criminal legal proceedings so the system actually supports victims; supporting clinics to allow individuals to speak one-on-one with an attorney to get legal counseling when individuals want to assess whether their rights as crime victims were respected.
NYU Policing Project
San Francisco has made significant progress implementing alternatives to policing, including programs like our Street Crisis Response Team that are responding 24/7 to emergency calls for those suffering with mental illness and addiction on our streets. To further this work, we are a part of the NYU’s Policing Project and their research on Reimagining Public Safety.
This study will help analyze what additional situations can be safely routed to first responders other than the police, and what situations should or must remain with the police. This will help us develop our next steps and allow us to continue providing the most effective response to those in need, while also ensuring our police officers are focused on doing the important work of preventing and responding to crime.
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London N. Breed