Data collection for violent crime
is fragmented and not easily accessible,
By Pat Murphy
December 13, 2005
A new city committee on gun and gang violence began its first
task of collecting raw data yesterday, discovering data collection
is fragmented among several agencies and not easily accessible.
As city and community leaders strain to coordinate all resources
available from prevention to detention to end to street violence,
participants lack quick access to needed information.
Two supervisors called for coordinated information flow.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents the violence plagued
Western Addition, said coordination is essential and questioned
Police Department willingness to implement instant review of investigation
Twenty of 94 homicides committed this year resulted in arrests,
according to statistics presented to the committee yesterday.
The District Attorney has received 14 of 92 of those cases for
Those statistics do not accurately reflect prosecution progress
since it can take two years for a case to reach the courts, Police
Captain Kevin Cashman stated.
Supervisor Chris Daly reported in a memo to the committee his
request for police statistics required multiple transferred calls
to receive less than what he asked.
The District 6 supervisor now asks release by the close of Wednesday
for complete information. Daly represents the gang infested Mission
District and troubled Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods.
He called for a performance and management audit of the San Francisco
Police Department focused its homicide division.
The Select Committee on Gun and Gang Violence convened its first
meeting with Supervisor Sophie Maxwell as chair.
District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell seen with chief officer
of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department Bill Siffermann,
right, during first meeting of the Select Committee on Gun and
Committee members include Mirkarimi and Supervisor
Tom Ammiano. Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Michela Alioto-Pier attended
District 9 Supervisor Tom Ammiano.
Ammiano reiterated his call for 20 officers he described
as "window dressing" at San Francisco International
Airport be reassigned to violent city areas.
The full Board of Supervisors meets today at 2:00
p.m. in second floor Board Chambers of City Hall.