Public safety and Okay to Call Campaign
My fellow San Franciscans,
This past Wednesday we celebrated Chinatown Night Out, an event that began in 2014 to embrace community-police relations modeled after National Night Out. Residents, neighbors, community leaders and police officers came together to raise awareness of safety, share available tips and resources, and enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Events like this are critical as we work to address and combat Anti-AAPI hate. We will continue our initiatives like those that help escort seniors when they go out, deploy ambassadors safeguarding neighborhoods, and invest in the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and District Attorney’s Office to hire and retain critical staff.
Thanks to SFPD, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and all of the community-based organizations serving Chinatown, the event continues to be a huge success drawing served hundreds of attendees.
We are also continuing our efforts to disrupt and shut down the open-air drug markets harming our residents, small businesses, and workers. Since we’ve increased resources and coordination, our local, state and federal public safety agencies have made a record number of drug arrests and seizures.
In just the last three months alone in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods:
‧ Local and state law enforcement has seized 103 kilos of narcotics, including 56 kilos of fentanyl
‧ Police and Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested more than 300 dealers
‧ SFPD officers have also arrested 123 wanted fugitives
Overall citywide this year, SFPD have seized over 135 kilos of narcotics, including over 89 kilos of fentanyl – more than all of last year’s drug seizures combined. As a result of these efforts, the District Attorney’s Office has seen a record number of felony narcotics cases presented and filed year to date.
We have also focused our efforts to disrupt the open-air drug markets by arresting those who are using drugs in public and are a danger to themselves and others. We will continue to offer help to people in crisis, but we must hold people accountable who are harming our communities.
San Francisco has significantly expanded our care and outreach for people experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis on our streets. What we are dealing with on our streets calls for everyone in the community to help, and it is vital that anyone who lives, works or visits San Francisco understands how and when to call 911 and 311 for help.
Last Tuesday, the City announced a new education effort to better support San Francisco’s Coordinated Street Response Program. Beginning this week, residents should expect to see the City’s new ‘Okay to Call’ public education messaging in posters, postcards, bus ads, informational videos, and digital ads throughout the City. You can learn more about the program by visiting sf.gov/okaytocall.
Please add me on WeChat for updates and resources: londonbreed.
London N. Breed