In mid-May, the city announced it would spend $34.2 million in public safety measures, including the addition of 250 new police officers. The increase will take place over the next four years; in addition, the funding will provide for vehicles, equipment, and reforms. The next fiscal year will include the entry of 130 new officers into the police academy.
The new hires are expected to help expand citywide foot patrols, additional investigative teams, and increases at the burglary and serial crime units.
“For decades, the SFPD has been understaffed, leaving them without the ability to combat crime and the related social issues due to the lack of personnel and the need for the current officers to respond to calls for service,” said Police Commission President Thomas Mazzucco. “Strategic and fair policing require highly trained officers with the necessary equipment to address the issues impacting our city and making our streets safe for our residents and visitors.”