Fong reports community policing progress
San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
December 5, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police Chief Heather
Fong released a 150 page report yesterday summarizing more than
a year's worth of efforts to make the department more community
The report comes a day before the Board of Supervisors is scheduled
to look into a foot patrol program in which a veto by Mayor Gavin
Newsom was overturned
According to the report, each district station throughout the
city has been working in the last year to implement different
plans that improve the relationship between officers and residents.
In the Bayview District, where almost a quarter of the city's
homicides occurred this year, Capt. Albert Pardini is concentrating
on getting more officers on the streets. Pardini also reported
that officers would work on dealing with truant youths and lighting
issues along with working alongside community groups.
At the city's Central Station, on the other hand, officers were
told to make robbery abatement a priority by working with residents
in identifying repeat offenders who move through neighborhoods
such as North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf.
The department's "community policing philosophy" also
includes a renewed emphasis on foot patrols. Fong announced earlier
this month that she had freed up 44 administrative positions within
the department and those officers would contribute to the beat
How the chief's plan will mesh with the Board of Supervisors'
legislation has yet to be seen. The Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
plan requires the chief to provide regular progress reports throughout
the yearlong pilot program.
In a statement, Newsom said the multitude of programs, which
have been implemented since August 2005, are ways of getting city
residents involved in their own safety.
"Clearly, government alone cannot keep our communities safe,"
Newsom said. "It is only through true collaboration and partnership
with local residents that we can ensure public safety."
According to Fong, this emphasis on community policing is an
ongoing priority for the department.
"The Police Department has long engaged in community policing
activities and believes that only a true partnership with community
members will we be able to make our streets safer," Fong
said in a statement.
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