Yesterday SFPD Richmond Station Captain Chris Canning and I joined Self Help for the Elderly for a public safety townhall for Chinese speaking seniors so we can discuss their safety concerns and how we can work together to better serve and protect them.
Building on what we learned today, next month I will hold a public hearing at the Board of Supervisors, asking our law enforcement officials for their plan for prevention and intervention safety measures, to help protect our Asian seniors. We must do better as a city to protect everyone, especially those most vulnerable.
D1 Public Safety Survey
Thank you for taking the time to fill out our public safety survey. To date, we are seeing that the number one concern in the Richmond is property crimes which mirrors what we are hearing from our merchants on our commercial corridors.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to fill out the survey, you can fill it out here and please share with your networks. We will use this data to help inform our conversation with our law enforcement agencies as we continue to advocate for more resources.
Car Break-In Prevention Strategies
During the Government Audit & Oversight Committee this week we held a hearing on car break-ins across the city. At the hearing, I asked Commander Derrick Jackson and his team from the SF Police Department to discuss expanding additional car break-in special operations to the Richmond, especially to our neighborhood hot spots.
Additionally, to follow-up on special patrol and operations to intervene in car break-ins, I have invited the SFPD and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development to join our conversation to explore bringing car break-in prevention initiatives - including secured storage along our neighborhood commercial corridors - to the Richmond. Visitors and residents alike would be able to store their items in secure areas instead of leaving them in their cars while running errands and exploring our neighborhood.
SFPD Ambassadors in the Richmond
After over a year of demanding more resources for our district, and thanks to your support, we have finally heard from the Mayor's office that SFPD Ambassadors are being deployed on Clement Street next week!
SFPD Ambassadors are retired officers who are equipped with radios that connect directly to police dispatch. They will walk along the Clement Street Merchant Corridor to help keep us safe, deter criminal activity and report on incidents as necessary.
SFDA / SFPD Public Safety Townhall
On Thursday night, the District 1 team attended a townhall at the Legion of Honor hosted by the San Francisco District Attorney's office and the San Francisco Police Department.
We thank our law enforcement leaders for coming to the Richmond to discuss their public safety plan and what our law enforcement agencies are doing to keep the Richmond safe. I look forward to learning more about the strategies and seeing the results in action.
Gun Violence Prevention
Yesterday President Biden announced the creation of the first ever office of Gun Violence Prevention, to be overseen by Vice President Kamala Harris. This office will focus on implementing reforms to end the scourge of gun violence in America. Unfortunately, we are not immune from gun violence in San Francisco.
Next week, I am hosting a hearing in the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on my gun violence resolution urging the Department of Public Health to create resources and education to ensure victims know their rights, including the right to sue gun manufacturers, a new law that went into effect this year, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting. You can watch the hearing online here.
Richmond Station Captain's Meeting
Want to learn about how to keep our city safe? Join Captain Canning at his monthly meetings and sign up for his newsletter!
The next Captain meeting will be on Tuesday, September 26th from 5pm-6pm at the de Young Museum. Click here to learn more and sign up for the Captain's newsletter.