Police step up holiday enforcement

San Francisco police are promising a multitude of officers and a zero-tolerance enforcement policy New Year’s Eve.

Police Chief George Gascón on Tuesday urged the estimated quarter-million people planning to come to The City on Thursday to “leave your cars and your guns at home.”

Gascón declined to say exactly how many extra officers will be on duty, but he said police will be visiting various venues to make sure alcohol isn’t being served to underage or overly inebriated patrons.

Plainclothes police officers will be permeating the festivities at The Embarcadero, keeping an eye out for open-container violations and public drunkenness, Gascón said.

He said there would be a rapid response to any citizen complaints.

The zero-tolerance policy also applies to anyone hoping to mark the end of the decade by firing a weapon or lighting fireworks, he said. Shooting a gun into the air is a felony, punishable by up to a year in prison.

Gascón declined to offer specifics on how this year’s enforcement plan differs from that of previous years.

“We continue to learn and we continue to evolve,” he said. “Let’s just say there will be a lot of officers out this year.”

He said The Embarcadero area, where people gather to watch The City-sponsored fireworks show, will likely have the most revelers.

Last year, police arrested about 36 people on New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day

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