街頭毒品販賣正不斷摧 許多生命，同時亦滋擾著社區和居民。 我們需要更加積極地逮捕和起訴毒販，在平衡這一點同時，我們亦要擴大對與毒癮掙扎人士的服務和治療，讓他們可以選擇獲得需要的幫助。
‧ 三藩市警察局警員刑事拘留了260多個與販賣毒品有關的人士，並充公了28公斤以上的毒品，其中包括了 18 公斤芬太尼。
市府一直努力干預在街上吸毒的人，更好地迫使他們治療。 過去的一年，三藩市內共有4,500人取得有關藥物使用的專業服務。 為了擴大這項工作，三藩市公共衛生局最近推出了一項新的過量使用藥物預防計劃，其目標包括增加接受服務和服用藥物治療成癮的人數。 此外，市議會亦正考慮廣泛的解決方案，以擴大由市參事麥德誠帶領的SF Recovers康復服務和治療計劃。
警察局長施革在會上描述了三藩市警察局在執法、遏止街頭毒品交易和吸毒方面得的工作和責任。 執法行動有多種因素，包括社區意見、資料分析、電話求助、在場警員、街上情況觀察和便衣探員行動。 在受毒品危機影響最大的市中心和田德隆社區，三藩市警察局在巡邏警員之外，亦更加了毒品調查組探員，交通警員及便衣大使成員。
‧ 在市內因販賣及管有毒品而檢控 600 多人。
市參事麥德誠強調他在SF Recovers 康復服務和治療計劃的工作，是邁向全市全面策略的第一步，旨在減少吸毒過量死亡，鼓勵一些與因藥物使用而掙扎人康復，並結束街頭毒品交易。
Public Safety Priorities For A Safer San Francisco
By Mayor London Breed
Addressing Drug Sale and Use on the Street
My Fellow San Franciscans,
The sale of drugs on the street is killing people and open-air drug markets are disrupting neighborhoods for our residents. We need to be more aggressive with our arrests and prosecution for those dealing these drugs, while balancing that with an expansion of services and treatment for those struggling with addiction, so that people have an option to get the help they need.
Last week, along with District Attorney Brooke Jenkins and Police Chief William Scott, we provided an update on the City’s strategies to confront open-air drug dealing in San Francisco. Thank you to Supervisor Matt Dorsey for joining the briefing to detail work being done at the Board of Supervisors to support these efforts, as well as to expand access to treatment.
Chief Scott and District Attorney Jenkins have undertaken new approaches in recent months to arrest and prosecute drug dealers.
For example, in the last three months:
‧ SFPD officers have made over 260 felony arrests for narcotics sales and seized over 28 kilograms of narcotics, including 18 kilograms of Fentanyl alone.
‧ The District Attorney’s Office has increased felony narcotics charges filed by 95% over the same time period from the previous year.
There have been efforts made to intervene with those using drugs on the street to better compel them to seek treatment. Over the last year, 4,500 people have been connected to specialty services for substance use in San Francisco. To expand on this, the Department of Public Health (SFDPH) recently launched a new Overdose Prevention Plan with targeted goals that include increasing the number of people in services and on medication to treat addiction. The Board of Supervisors is also considering a wide range of solutions to expand services and treatment under Supervisor Dorsey’s SF Recovers.
Since taking office, District Attorney Jenkins has implemented new policies to hold drug dealers accountable and disrupt open-air drug markets including revoking over 30 lenient plea deals, prohibiting drug dealers arrested with more than five grams of drugs from being referred to the Community Justice Center, and adding school enhancements for drug dealers accused of selling deadly drugs near schools. Additionally, the District Attorney has sought pre-trial detention for serious drug dealers, with a focus to admonish suspected drug dealers to warn them in open court that if found to have sold a drug that results in a death, they may face murder charges.
Between July 1 and September 25, the District Attorney’s Office was presented 214 cases with felony narcotics charges as the most serious charge. Of those cases:
‧ 183 cases were filed, compared to 90 for the same time period last year, representing a 95% increase.
‧ The filing rate which represents the number of cases filed over the number of cases presented for this time period is 86% compared to 69% for last year.
‧ 157 individuals were arraigned this year during this time period as compared to 78 last year, representing a 101% increase.
‧ The District Attorney has also filed nine motions to detain serious drug dealers and is advancing new legal theories and arguments to keep drug dealers off our streets.
The District Attorney also announced a new policy to help those struggling with addiction get connected to services and treatment through the Community Justice Center by bundling misdemeanor public drug use citations and requiring any individual with five citations be referred to the Community Justice Center to be able to access treatment.
Chief Scott described the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) role and responsibility in enforcing the law and disrupting open-air drug dealing and drug use. Enforcement operations are driven by a multitude of factors, including community input, data analysis, calls for service, uniformed presence, observed street conditions, and plainclothes operations. In the downtown and Tenderloin neighborhood, which is the most heavily impacted by the drug crisis, SFPD has supplemented uniformed patrol officers with members from its Narcotics Unit, Traffic Company, and civilian ambassadors.
While enforcement operations vary, the goal remains the same: identify the dealers based on observed activity, make arrests, build strong cases, and save lives. So far in 2022 the SFPD has:
‧ Made over 600 arrests for narcotics sales and possession for sales citywide.
‧ And in the Tenderloin alone, seized over 68 kilograms of narcotics, 42 kilograms of which was Fentanyl.
Supervisor Dorsey highlighted his work around San Francisco Recovers, a first step toward a comprehensive citywide strategy to reduce drug overdose deaths, incentivize recovery for those struggling with substance-use disorders, and end street-level drug dealing and open-air drug scenes.
The flood of Fentanyl into our City is going to require all levels of government to continue to work together, including enforcement against those dealing drugs in our City.
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London N. Breed