Newsom issues directive to combat summer violence
Mayor Gavin Newsom
By Tamara Barak
June 27, 2007
Responding to a recent surge in violence, San Francisco Mayor
Gavin Newsom issued an executive directive yesterday to step up
enforcement and social services this summer in the city's most
The order calls for police to enhance their patrol strategies
for violence "hot spots" and establishes a Summer Street
Violence Prevention Council that will step up outreach to problem
"Gun violence that is occurring in San Francisco neighborhoods
is unacceptable and intolerable for our city's residents,"
Newsom wrote in the directive. Summer is typically a time when
violence spikes, he noted.
The directive orders the San Francisco Police Department to immediately
enhance all available resources to areas of the Bayview, Mission,
Tenderloin and Western Addition neighborhoods where violence is
It also directs the department to include in its strategy increased
foot patrols, stepped up presence of uniformed officers in troubled
areas, and improved coordination with the probation department
and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
The Summer Street Violence Council will be co-chaired by the
mayor's deputy chief of staff for public safety and director of
the mayor's office of criminal justice. Its membership will be
composed of representatives from both law enforcement and various
city departments, including public health, recreation, workforce
development, communities of opportunities and neighborhood services.
The council will begin meeting immediately and continue to meet
until Sept. 15.
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