Mayor London Breed of San Francisco recently announced a plan to allocate an additional $25 million in the budget to support the overtime pay for police officers in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). This measure is aimed at maintaining a visible police presence, facilitating drug arrests, and tackling retail theft in the city. The decision was made in response to the persistent shortage of police officers, which has become a major concern in the city. The incidence of crime has been on the rise in recent years, with the serious crime index showing a 5.7% increase in 2022 compared to the previous year and a 13.6% surge from 2020.
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Mayor Breed has expressed her strong stance against open drug trade in the city and is actively working to implement new initiatives to provide support for individuals in need of care and treatment. She is advocating for the establishment of overdose prevention programs and is focused on ensuring a prompt police response to home and business break-ins, complete with investigation and arrests.
In 2020, Mayor Breed announced that the city was redirecting $120 million in law enforcement funding to the black community in the next two years. This was followed by a spending plan for those funds in February 2021.
Mayor Breed expressed gratitude to the voters for electing Brooke Jenkins as the new District Attorney. Jenkins has been making efforts to tackle open drug trade, gun violence perpetrators, and hate crimes. She assumed office in November after being appointed as the interim replacement for former District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was recalled mid-2022. Boudin had abolished cash bail and the prosecution of minors as adults in San Francisco, which received criticism for being perceived as not being stringent enough in the pursuit of criminal prosecution.
Mayor Breed has announced a $25 million budget allocation to address the shortage of personnel in the SFPD and combat the rising crime in the city. This effort aims to ensure that the police officers have the necessary resources and can respond promptly to calls for service, investigate and make arrests as required. The SFPD has yet to respond to this announcement, but it is evident that Mayor Breed is dedicated to providing the police with adequate resources to maintain the safety of San Francisco.
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