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City tries new mid-Market safety plan

San Francisco will boost police presence and connect people in need with services as part of the city’s latest effort to address safety and quality of life problems in the downtown corridor. With a combination of public and private money, the effort will include community ambassadors on every block for 10–12 hours each day; the ambassadors will help direct people in need of services to the appropriate resources, and will help coordinate responses by city departments to various situations that occur in the area.

In addition, the mayor’s office said “community policing will be the basis of the increased public safety investment in this area, emphasizing community partnerships and proactive problem-solving with mutual respect between the police and the people of San Francisco that they serve.”

“We’re focusing on both addressing the illegal activity that is unacceptable and will not be allowed to continue, while also building up our community presence so that this area is more welcoming, friendly, and accessible to everyone who lives, works, and visits the area,” said Mayor London Breed. “This effort is really a collaboration with support and guidance from the community, especially the many families with children, workers, and senior communities that live and work here. This sustained, focused approach will make a noticeable difference on the street as our city reopens and we continue to move forward with our economic recovery.”

The initiative has a planned June 15, 2021 launch date.

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