More police officers on foot are heading to the Mid-Market and Tenderloin area, Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott announced on Wednesday.

The police chief plans to assign 10 new officers, a lieutenant and two sergeants to patrol the area. In two weeks, a total of 43 foot patrol officers will patrol the neighborhoods once staffing is complete.

Officers will focus patrolling on blocks of Market Street between Fourth and Eighth streets — areas surrounded by residential and commercial buildings and widely visited by tourists and shoppers.

The streets are also between the heavily used BART/Muni Civic Center and Powell stations.

Breed said in a statement:

Community policing and service outreach are key to making our streets safer and cleaner for all of our residents and visitors. Not only can these officers focus on deterring criminal behavior, but they can strengthen ties and build trust with community members to ensure that we are all working together to make our streets safe for all.”

Scott has set up a command center near the Civic Center/United Nations Plaza BART station entrance to deter people from doing drugs in the area.

He said in a statement:

“The presence of our foot beat officers sends a strong signal that we prioritize community safety and engagement with the public. Residents, workers and merchants have let us know that our foot beats and mobile command center on UN Plaza have made the area safer and more family friendly. By stepping up our foot beat presence, we can continue to work with community members to ensure our public spaces are clean, safe and more welcoming for everyone.”

The foot patrol beat officers will work with The City’s Healthy Streets Operations Center — a multi-agency effort to address homelessness and street behavior.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay and covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Follow Jerold on Twitter @jerold_chinn. Email tips to jerold@sfbay.ca.

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