Newsom flip-flops, adds walking beats to Tenderloin
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong convened a press
conference yesterday to announce a welcomed turnaround in policing
policy, adding much needed foot patrol officers to San Francisco's
crime-ridden Tenderloin district. Newsom vetoed
efforts by Supervisors in November to put officers on walking
beats in areas most impacted by crime.
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Bay City News
July 20, 2007
San Francisco's Tenderloin police district, the smallest of the
city's 10 district stations, will get a 225 percent increase in
foot patrol officers, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police
Chief Heather Fong announced yesterday.
"We put foot patrols in strategically where they are going
to have the best results in suppressing street crime,'' said Newsom's
Communication Director Nathan Ballard.
A total of 37 foot patrol officers will be added to the streets
of San Francisco -- 18 in the Tenderloin alone -- with the remainder
being added to San Francisco's central, southern and Mission stations.
By month's end, the Tenderloin will lead the surge with 26 foot
patrol officers, followed by the southern station with 22 officers
on foot and the northern station, which covers the Western Addition,
with 17 foot patrollers, 13 of whom are housing authority police.
The city added foot patrol officers in October of 2004 and November
of 2006. The most recent increase brings the total number of city
foot patrol officers to 125, a 42 percent boost, according to
The increase in officers on San Francisco streets has helped
to reduce the number of rapes, robberies and assaults, Ballard
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