THC’s Randy Shaw connects the drop in police patrols to the higher crime happening in the Tenderloin.
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SF Tenderloin Crime Surge Linked To Drop In Police Patrols
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A dramatic spike in crime on one particular San Francisco block in the Tenderloin corresponds to a recent drop in the number of officers assigned to patrol the entire area, said Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Shaw decided to look at computer statistics compiled by the San Francisco Police Department after he and other residents took notice of how bad things had become in the first block of Turk Street at the corner of Market and Mason streets.
“We had no idea that violence was 35 times higher here than the rest of the city,” he said at a rally Wednesday to call for more police patrols and better enforcement of liquor store regulations.
Even compared to the rest of the neighborhood, Shaw said the Police Department’s CompStat figures show crime is eight percent higher than in the Tenderloin as a whole.
KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:
Shaw connected the spike in crime to a 30 percent reduction in the number of police officers assigned to Tenderloin Station over the last two years.
“We had 101 police officers in the Tenderloin Police Station in July of 2009 and now we have 74,” he said.
Tenderloin Station, just two blocks away, is one of six stations where recent police academy graduates are assigned for field training during a probationary period that typically lasts four to five months, said San Francisco Police Department spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak.