Officers stand beside a Mobile Command Center recently parked at U.N. Plaza to combat crime and quality of life issues. (Michael Toren/Special to The S.F. Examiner)

Foot patrols to increase in mid-Market area

Thirteen more police officers will be assigned to foot patrols in the Mid-Market area over the next two weeks, bringing the total number of officers on foot beats in the neighborhood to 43, the mayor’s office announced Wednesday.

The newly assigned personnel — made up of 10 rank-and-file officers, two sergeants, and a lieutenant — will focus on Market Street between Fourth and Eighth streets, in an area bookended by Powell and Civic Center stations.

“Community policing and service outreach are key to making our streets safer and cleaner for all of our residents and visitors,” Mayor London Breed said. “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.”

SFPD started a strategy of increasing foot patrols in August last year when it doubled the number of officers on foot beats and disbanded a plainclothes unit investigating car break-ins.

SEE RELATED: SFPD dissolves unit investigating rampant car break-ins to increase patrols

Two months ago, Police Chief Bill Scott announced he was boosting the police presence at U.N. Plaza and permanently stationed the SFPD Mobile Command Center at the plaza in response to complaints about blatant drug use in the area.

“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,” Scott 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.”

SEE RELATED: SFPD Chief Scott pledges to ‘restore order’ at U.N. Plaza, clear drug users

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