CHP to rejoin police saturation of violent neighborhoods
By Pat Murphy
September 1, 2006
San Francisco public safety officials yesterday decided to reintroduce
California Highway Patrol (CHP) assistance in violence wracked
neighborhoods with continued local police saturation among other
measures to stem homicides.
Mayor Newsom detailed City violence suppression efforts following
the 1:00 p.m. City Hall meeting.
"The meeting today focused on what has been working and
what needs to be strengthened and what needs to be enhanced,"
Newsom said in a 3:30 p.m. press briefing.
"We will continue our saturation efforts for another two
weeks. This is not a redeployment effort as it has been in times
of the past.
"Saturation means... we are extending hours and we are increasing
the number of personnel in these... hotspots. We're not moving
(police) bodies out of Chinatown or out of the Sunset or out of
the Richmond. We're just extending the investment in certain hotspots.
"We are going to continue our camera surveillance efforts
notably in Housing Authority sites... by substantially increasing
the number of cameras - this comes from the community. This is
by no means top down decision making from Room 200 at City Hall."
New measures to streamline communication between City agencies
and community members are being initiated, the mayor added.
"We are going to substantially improve our information sharing
between Juvenile Probation, Adult Probation, the Police Department,
and the rank and file out in community out in the streets.
"We are going to reintroduce Operation Impact which was
our collaborative... with the California Highway Patrol in concentrated
Newsom chided the media for not attending various site locations
of youth response to new social support City Programs.
"It is so frustrating when you go out and do eight site
visits and no one shows up (from the media), Newsom told the Sentinel.
"Now you guys show up when we were meeting on these things
and notably building these collaboratives.
It creates a perception that is not reality.
"That being said, there is a reality that there are too
many violent crimes occurring in this City and in the Bay Area
and in this county.
"It's not an excuse. We've got to figure it out, we've got
to do better, and we're going to do better."