Police chief concerned over ‘regional problems’ 

As police Chief George Gascón testified Thursday before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee about the Police Department’s proposed budget, he said he has “concerns” about what’s happening to other police departments in the region and what that will mean for San Francisco.

“There are some concerns that I have that are regional problems that are brewing and that could have a direct relationship on public safety in our city and county,” Gascón said. “That is something that also needs to be entertained as we talk about the policing for The City.”

He said that neighboring cities like Oakland and San Jose are “facing significant reductions in their public safety and that will have an impact on the city of San Francisco. We’re directly tied to one another. And the fact that the city of Oakland is considering reductions of up to 200 police officers can have a tremendous impact not only in the public safety arena for Oakland but we believe will also have a tremendous impact in the city of San Francisco. We need keep that in context.”

The committee is expected to conclude its budget deliberations Wednesday.

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