S.F. anti-crime funds hit snag

A request by the Mayor’s Office for an extra $2.6 million dollars to fund increased crime enforcement citywide has come under fire from a member of the Board of Supervisors.

In a memo to Mayor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, Supervisor Chris Daly indicated that in its request to put the “Violence Response” budget request before the board, the Mayor’s Office and Police Department provided only a one-page summary of positions to be hired.

Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice head Allan Nance said last week that the department is “saturating the hotspots by using police resources and making sure we deploy those resources with sustained effort to those high-crime areas throughout The City.”

Nance said the funds would help pay for sheriff’s deputies to transport and process arrestees, as they have been doing in the North Beach crackdown. He said the money would also help fund adult and juvenile probation departments.

Daly blasted the methods by which the office proposed to use extra law-enforcement money. “I am particularly concerned by the lack of innovation and overreliance on programs and policies such as the use of police overtime and curfew enforcement that have traditionally had limited impact on enhancing the effectiveness of overall law enforcement and reducing violence,” he wrote.

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