October 14, 2010
MAYOR NEWSOM AND CHIEF GASCÓN ANNOUNCE CONTINUED DROP
IN S.F. VIOLENT CRIME RATE IN THIRD QUARTER OF 2010
Strategic deployment of law enforcement resources, COMPSTAT, community policing all contributing to continued historic drop in overall, violent crime rates since 2008
San Francisco, CA—
Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined Police Chief George Gascón and District Attorney Kamala Harris to discuss this year’s third quarter accomplishments of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the continuing drop in the overall crime rate in the third quarter of 2010.
From January through September of 2010, there has been a 9% reduction in overall crime between 2009 and 2010 and a 13% reduction between 2008 and 2010. Total violent crimes saw an overall reduction of 4% from 2009 to 2010 and a 13% reduction from 2008 to 2010. In addition, there has been an overall reduction of property crimes of 9% from 2009 to 2010 and 13% reduction from 2008 to 2010.
"Violent crime in San Francisco dropped dramatically the last two years to historic lows and, remarkably, these latest statistics show that we are on track to reduce violent crime in our City even more this year," said Mayor Newsom. "Despite hard economic times, Chief Gascón and the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department are making San Francisco the safest big city in America through smart use of data, innovative deployment strategies and collaborating with our diverse communities."
"The quarterly crime statistics provide the citizens of San Francisco with a report card of how well the San Francisco Police Department is serving the City," said Chief Gascón. "We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners and communities toward the goal of making San Francisco the safest big city in America."
"The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has contributed to this drop in serious and violent crime by holding offenders accountable and doubling the number of state prison commitments," said District Attorney Harris. "We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure public safety."
The SFPD will continue to pursue the Zone Enforcement Strategies largely credited with the resulting drop in crime. Additional strategies include Chief Gascón’s implementation last year of COMPSTAT, a program to track crime trends in neighborhoods, a new "state of the art" records management system, more communication training for officers to properly handle and "de-escalate" crisis situations and reduce use-of-force complaints against police, and an ongoing series of community advisory forums with police.
(source: Office of the Mayor Press Release, October 14, 2010)
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