Supervisors Keep Promoting Beat Foot Patrols

Dear Everyone;

Here's more news that relates very directly to our Law Enforcement
Redeployment Petition. AND as usual the ploy used by Chief Fong is
not enough officers - not the effective use of the current staff.

See the Police Petition on our web site at and at:

Ron Getty
SF Libertarian

BTW: If you get this twice - I sent this to be posted - but it never
showed up as the Yahoo group server is still royally screwed up -
supposedly the techies at Yahoo are hard at work trying to fix the
problem - unh hunh!

    Supes keep up heat on SFPD foot patrols

Joshua Sabatini, The Examiner
Sep 30, 2006 2:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - Proposal before board likely to expand beats; police
chief still against legislation

Two city supervisors are seeking to expand a controversial proposal
to require foot patrol beats in certain sections of San Francisco,
even as the Police Department and the Mayor's Office continue to
oppose the plan.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi had originally drafted legislation to
require foot patrols for a one-year pilot program for the Park and
Northern district police stations, which are the stations within the
district he represents, District 5.

Last week, when the legislation went before the Board of
Supervisors, the legislation was amended to expand the pilot program
to include the Tenderloin, Mission and Ingleside district police

When the legislation comes before the Board of Supervisors Select
Committee on Ending Gun and Gang Violence on Monday, Supervisor
Sophie Maxwell said she will amend the legislation to include the
Bayview district police station, and Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval
said he wants to amend the legislation to include the Taraval
district police station.

Police Chief Heather Fong has spoken against the legislation, saying
requiring foot patrols will increase response times to 911 calls and
run up millions of dollars in overtime. For example, by requiring
one officer at the Northern Station to walk the beat, response times
would increase by more than 14 minutes, according to Police
Department statistics.

The Police Department is considered understaffed, operating more
than 200 officers below the voter-mandated level of 1,971 officers.

But Fong's strong stance against the legislation has not caused city
supervisors to back off.

"What we're saying is OK, Heather [Fong], everybody is asking for
this. You are going to have to give us a proposal. You are going to
have to think creatively. Saying we don't have enough people is not
good enough," Maxwell said.

"We shouldn't be held hostage to this idea that due to whatever the
optimal staffing levels are that foot patrols are seen as a kind of
a second cousin to community policing." Mirkarimi said.

Mirkarimi emphasized that his legislation requires a one-year pilot
program, which would allow The City to test the idea of foot patrol

The suggestion that foot patrols will increase response times "will
always be the concern hanging over our heads, but does that concern
go away just because we have 50 more officers or 50 less officers?
We have no idea. And that has never been proven or disproven,"
Mirkarimi said.

Sandoval said foot patrols can play a part in solving The City's
increase in violent crimes and are something that should have been
implemented years ago.

"The fact that one of my colleagues has brought it up now and we're
seeing this much momentum provides me with a golden opportunity to
do what everybody in The City wants to see happen," Sandoval said.