Supes pass police staffing redeployment resolution,
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
April 17, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The Board of Supervisors passed
a plan today that could make it easier to send police officers
from San Francisco International Airport to stations throughout
But both supervisors and police officials said the resolution
would do little to change the way officers are currently transferred
within the department. Critics also said that with airport security
a nationwide priority and with the Police Department's current
staffing shortage, the plan is merely a procedural exercise.
The resolution requires that the department provide detailed
requirements for airport security, and that it lays out a plan
for deployment in the city under certain circumstances.
Those circumstances include whenever the staffing level in the
city drops below the charter mandated 1,971 officers and at times
when there is an increase in crime or violence.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said the that dwindling numbers in the
department and airport and the needs of a post Sept. 11 world
will outweigh any flares of violence.
"I vote for this with very little expectation that anything's
going to become of this," Elsbernd said.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who authored the resolution, admitted
that the current staffing shortage poses a problem for redeployment
of officers, but he said in the future the resolution will provide
flexibility and a way to dodge any bureaucratic obstacles.
San Francisco International Airport is situated in an unincorporated
patch of San Mateo County. Federal authorities, as well as peninsula
law enforcement agencies, all share in the security duties of
Commander Jim Lynch with the department's airport bureau said
that San Francisco police officers take care of a bulk of that
"We really don't see this as a change," said Lynch,
who has worked at the airport for over 20 years.
Also at today's Board of Supervisors meeting, two grants were
approved for the Police Department. One grant of $330,000 from
the state Office of Emergency Services would be used to help eradicate
methamphetamine production and manufacture in San Francisco through
a program called the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine
Enforcement Team program.
Supervisors also approved a $98,280 grant from the governor's
office for the Project Safe Neighborhood-Operation Cease Fire
program, which is a federal program that aims to combat gun violence
through aggressive targeting and prosecution of gun-toting criminals.
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