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a loss to your budget, but also to the city of san francisco. what i would like to see is a deeper analysis in your department about why people leave. what are some of the reasons? how can you enhance the professionalism of the job so that people feel a deeper commitment to stay here with the city and county of san francisco in this capacity. i think that mandatory overtime might take a toll. it's tough for families to live here. many individuals have families. i just think that. so what is the -- i would love to see an analysis, quite frankly, instead of just, well, i think this. i would love to see an interview about why did you leave? every time someone leaves -- well, i haven't seen any of that
data. >> as with the san francisco police department staffing plan, the attrition and people leaving at the tend of their careers and the various incentives that are there have happened over a number of years. i think the sheriff has been very clear with this board that she prioritized what she inherited. is it job dissatisfaction or are we building out of what the police department is very skilled at identifying that was a trend and an issue, and this board supported that staffing. i think the reality is we find ourselves in a very different situation, which has been, as this board is aware, a tremendous challenge for the sheriff's department, but not one that we believe should stand in the way of our ability to do important proactive work like this. so we believe we can find a way. i'm certainly happy to talk with our cfo and provide additional data about where our gaps have been and when people have left. we don't know why people are leaving, and we can't address
if we can sid identify serial shooters, this is a means to get us there. our violent crime as much as we can get away from you know blanketing a community like we used to do back in the day, we want to be smart about how we address violent crime and not seize a whole community and just address the issues because of technology and science and because of things that we know will get us into a better place in our responsiveness to crime. we have established a centralized unit for central robberies. that unit some years ago we decentralized our bureau which was a good step. we want to keep investigators in the district station because we believe that's necessary and a
good way to police, however, what we kind of went away from is really having an entity that can look at serial crimes from a hard view and investigate these serial offenders who we re-established in november a community with a robbery unit to address crime and a robbery unit to address autoburglaries and bike theft. we have seen dividends from that already. we have partners including the district attorney's office and we believe that's value added as we move forward. i talked about our investigation center and i won't spend more time on that and our community engagement. the street violence response team has been a good effort to
address violence from a holistic perspective. moving forward that will be absorbed in the police department and we want to keep that momentum going working with the different agencies and community based to address the families and give them the services they need and give them the polices strategize we need to keep the violence from continuing. in terms of property crime, we have done a number of things in the last few months to address property crime and we are getting off to a good start, and we believe that these strategize has helped us get there. i want to start kind of at the bottom of this with prevention because our role is really to pre vent crime and if question can't pre vent it, then we respond to it but we want to
step up our efforts and that is where the start smart effort came in. how we compare to other cities, i can talk about this because i was in los angeles. in 2009 it flattened out and started to go down. that was the year that the lapd spent a lot of investment and time in prevention and rolled out a campaign similar to our park smart. now that has to be done in conjunction with policing. we still have to have arrest units out there in plain clothes and foot beats and all the things that we talk about in the slide to balance out the prevention effort, but if we can get the public to be aware and not to be an easy target, we can pre vent a lot of these crimes from happening. as i stand here today we are
almost 2,000 car break-ins below where we were last year, which is nothing to be pleased out we still have a long way to go but that prevention is going to be key. our station investigation team we still believe that is a valuable part of our investigative effort. we would like to expand that coverage to seven days a week and we will talk about what it will take to get there. i talked about establishnt of our centralized unit. we work with supervisor yee and ronen. we have had double digit declines and car break-ins in both of those districts, so that is going in the right direction as well. fingerprint training, we saw very few car break-ins, less than two percent last year.
we want to get better. one of the things that will allow us to do that is to encourage more that get victimized to have their cars printed. we trained 40 additional personnel on fingerprints and we are going to encourage people to bring their cars to the station to get them fingerprinted. we want to increase the quality of the prints so we can hopefully identify these perpetrators and bring them to justice. we are still running our plain clothes unit. they are valuable in catching some of these activities as they occur. we believe that is a valuable resource to have and we will continue doing that. analyzing the data is important and we are trying to get more support by hiring more civilian
analysts to analyze our crime, that is included in this budget request as well. i talked about the prevention effort that is ongoing. homeless and harm reduction issues. the key to us here is this is a pervasive and very complex issue in terms of how we address the homelessness and the things that stem from that in our city. earlier this year, we along with several city departments started a healthy streets operation center that we operate out of the department of emergency management and we are all sitting at a table every day to address these issues. we started with five zones but they focused on some of the
bigger problem areas in the city, but we also with this collaboration are able to fan out and address these issues statewide through better coordination and that speaks to a collaboration. we have seen some earlier success in the areas that we have focused in, but there are some things that we have to work through. we did a walk through with supervisor sheehy in his district and there are some things that we can do better in his district including how we respond to some of these issues at night, so that is an ongoing effort we would like to continue. our homeless -- officers we would like to make them available for these call. about 20% of our calls are
related to this issue. we have patrol officers to work with dph and homeless in support of housing and we are seeing good result. it's not a perspective solutiont seeing good result. in doing that, there are a number of individuals that we come across that have psychological issues that cause us to need to respond to that appropriately. one of the ways we would like to do that better is for our officers to accompany clinicians t -->> is this happening curreny or aspirational goal. >> happening currently. we have two officers assigned to that effort and we would like to
expand that. i talked about the improved responsiveness that we believe our re-deployment of officers to foot beats as generated. these are deployed where they need to be patrolled and that is the captain's work to put them where we will get the most bang for the buck. we want to maintain that presence in the district. one thing you talked about supervisor cohen how safe do they feel. i get comments like things were better five or ten years ago, and the reality is crime was higher then than it is now, but what we had going then was we had have a lot more foot beats in specific areas where crimes
were occurring. people the end to feel safer when they see officers out and about. we also know there is an impact in terms of deterrence. people think twice when they see cops around, officers around, they think twice. when we put them in the right location we have seen really good results, and we would like to continue to do that and even have the ability to increase that to make sure that we are not having to disban our foot beats to other priorities. we saw that increased visibility has led to decrease in auto burglaries and when we were having the tissues at twin peak, auto burglaries almost went down to zero, so we know it has an impact.
the next is partnering with institutions to conduct analysis. it's really good to have a third party look at what we are doing and give analysis what we are doing is working. we have signed mous and they have the data and they are in the process of conducting the analysis, one of which will be how effective are we with the deployment did that have an impact on crime, and we are awaiting findings but the preliminary findings have been positive. working with the office on what that right staffing the level is and we know that the city didn't have unlimited resources but we want to be tasked to address the challenges before us.
i talked about resources and technology. our workforce and the police department are driving the fleet every day, so we want to make sure they are maintained. that is a huge part of our requirity. technology is a big part of our budgetary request in terms of the infrastructure to be able to collect the data we need to do the analysis we need to be better and really understand what we are doing and capital planning and facility the last part of that. staffing includes being able to stabilize our foot beats and our operations center. we had good momentum with our
autoburglary and we would like to sustain that and push it forward. we saw hour our clearance rates look compared to other cities. we believe that some of the steps we have taken might help to serve like a general crimes unit and identifying serial crimes and other things. investigations will be a priority and part of staffing we are looking to increase is on the investigative side, for instance, i think right now we have 5 53 investigator. then our civilian staffing, civilianization has been talked
about and we do agree there are best practices that we need to take advantage of and part of staffing any analysis is understanding those. our it department is now almost totally civilian and fiscal is totally civilian and we are trying to transition our fleet and facilities personnel to that and that is a work in progress. also our analytical capacities i talked about that earlier. we believe that addition of civilian personnel that we are asking for in this budget will go along ways to increase our analytical capacities. the fleet needs to be modernized and we got support from the board and mayor's office to get us there but we have a long way to go and we are behind the
curve on our fleet. we need to implement a replacement schedule once we get caught up and part of that is the vehicle safety measures with the new vehicle. we want to make sure that our folks are driving the best and safest vehicles available. over 70% of our vehicles are over 10 years old and 50% are in excess of 100,000 miles and that leads to increased maintenance costs which we believe that would be a nonfactor as we upgrade the fleet. that is for the unmarked fleet. the marked fleet 30% are over ten years old and i -- that is part of that budget to get that in a better place. there is a number of initiatives that speak to the doj taitsers
are part of the budget request. transition to the 953 on racial profile dating reporting. we want to stay in front of that. website updates, thanks to the budget of last year, on updating your web page and we have hired a vendor on that and i think we are in month three of a tenth month process to do the initial work to have a better user-friendly website that would help us with your transparency and getting data out to the public. staff development to address homeless an mental crisis i already talked about that. our professional services, monitoring processes for reform
implementation, about to audit ourselves will make us a better department and strengthen our future, so we are asking for some positions to do those things as well including tr strategic planning which thanks to the mayor's office we were able to work pro bono with a very good professional -- but we have a long way to go with the strategic plan so we are looking for support in that area as well. >> thank you very much. i see supervisor yee first on the list. then sheehy. >> supervisor yee: thank you for your presentation and i want to personally thank you for your work that you have done since you have been here. technology is a big deal.
one of the things that you talked about was collaboration and collecting data and so forth. i think what's missing today not from you necessarily, but in regards to our discussion is how are we going to sort of fast-forward our efforts for the justice piece, which is all the different departments having to do with safety whether it's the court system or dea or whoever for everybody to be able to share data so that we can efficiently track things and use the da too to improve our situation, so share cohen, i hope we could include some thought about funding in that area, it won't be discussed today. unfortunately there is nobody
here to discuss it. the other thing i want to say about technology is a few years ago i started approaching having these telematics or gps systems. we did a lot of them in law enforcement and real positive in terms of usage about how much gas they save and so forth and so forth. we have done a pilot test with the police department using telematics and it's finished, so i want to warn you, i will present legislation in this pretty near future to go back to
the law p enforcement departments to arm their vehicles with telematic. of course there will be waivers for certain types of vehicles that won't make any sense. i have wanted to say something about the effort that you have made with all the different strategize including clap ration collaboration to form these neighborhood crime units or whatever you want to call them, at least with the three police stations that actually are operated in district 7, actually not in district 7, but they have a part of my district -- i have spoken to all three captains the
last three weeks about what is happening with property crimes and i want to give a shout-out to all of three of them. captain hart, captain bailey, and captain yick. that data is there and amazing how much it has dropped. you mentioned twin peaks and i want to thank you there has been a lot of effort to make that cap and thank -- getting cameras up there installed and i think the biggest thing is having two police officers out there. it is crazy how effective this is. it went from 215 car break-ins in a month or week or whatever it was last year to zero this year. that's how effective it was, so i want to thank them publicly.
i hope that in part of your strategic plan it will include your effort of putting that task force together for staffing. >> yes, sir. we have the individuals named and director mcgee is all over that. mcguire is all over that. >> we got numbers from the bla on increases in foot beat and sector and we have foot and car sector patrols increases from
2016 to 2017. i looked specifically at inge ie side and mission. >> i have the current -- so i will start with ingleside. has a total of four and two are in ja never and mission and two in buron height. we have four in castro neighborhood two between 14th and 20th street. two in -- and one in noey valley. >> the page i had had four for the mission. i think you may have p seen that. that was not aligned and i was driving to understand that so
appreciate that because i have gotten a lot of good responses from the community for the increased foot beats and it's made a difference. it would be great to have more iiningleside. >> there is a lot of demand for it and where we would like to go as well. >> are you seeking additional staffing? >> yes we are and we are working with the mayor's office on what that looks like and we would like to sustain this and increase it in some respects, so we are. >> i would like to echo my colleagues comments that we do see results when we have people on the ground. we both share twin peaks a bit, he has most of it.
but i have seen dolores park, where in one part gangs were battling over turf to where it has really changes, so appreciate the work that has been done. my next question is more challenging. we had a very uncomfortable hearing yesterday on sexual violence. my main question is what is the clearance rate and i think the department needs to take a very hard look. the stories we heard were real, and again, i know you worked really hard, but it really wasn't acceptable the way victims were being treated. what i heard and i sat down with
someone of the victims and it's really that isolation and feeling alone and that the onus is on you that the crime took place and it is very, very hard to hear those stories when you take that with the statsic that one out of two women will be victims of sexual assault and san francisco general has seen a 21% increase. the other element that we heard yesterday is there does seem to be a spike in drug-related sexual assault where people are
being drugged and those are particularlly sinister because they are pre meditated and there seems to be serial instances of these going on. you may not have statistics on what your clearance rate is like, but at least flagging that for you because i now you would need to have that in advance. >> i don't have the specific clearance rates but commander mccakin was here yet to represent the police department, so those roissues that we need to look at again. we need to be the best that we can be and when these are brought to our attention we need to address them and we will do that and we can report back on what that looks like.
>> supervisor sheehy: probably needs to be a restructuring of how we approach this particular type to have crime that we need to be a bit more aggressive because these are very hard cases i think in my instances to prove. perhaps having relationships, more of a multidisciplinary approach between the department, between the district attorney, and advocacy group. we heard for instance at the department of public health if you present at the emergency department in the day, you will get a mental health specialist. if you present at night, there is no one there. if that conversation can lead to a more focused conversation across the series of departments to create, i think we are at a
point where we need to create best practice. i think that would be helpful. >> yes, sir. >> supervisor sheehy: there are some of my constituents that would be grateful if the department could publish clearance rates on their website. i think it would be helpful to the degree that you can go to specificity by type of crime and then some of my residents are asking my district or neighborhood. they may be a tall order, but at least getting data out there because one particular group of constituents has been tracking this and that kind of dialogue with the community is always helpful and doesn't feel like that would be a negative. >> thank you for that. we are in the process of working with the website developer on community input, so we will bring that to their attention,
that comment because i do think that is doable. >> supervisor sheehy: i have set said this multiple times but as my colleague alluded to, he has three captains he talks to and i have three, and one of mine has five supervisor. i think strategically going forward, it would be been official to have alignment with supervisorrial communication. we obviously have a role in our communities that's very civilian, but wees are have much on the ground and to be able abltoalign our efforts will helu
achieve your goals of community policing and having deep and meaningful relationships with the community. when i am with the captain and we are standing side by side in ha community meeting it is a very big plus for both of us. the captain obviously can't answer every question that everybody has because you are not responsible for all the problems, some of these involve multiple agencies but going forward if that could be something that you could look it, i think it would be a very big positive. >> yes, sir. i think redistricting is every ten year. we will make it known.
>> supervisor stefani: one of my priorities is staffing and we have supported accelerated policpolice academies with reacg that charter number. since then we know how many neighborhoods have come online and we have at&t mark and that was 1994 and we are still not there. given everything that we are facing in san francisco the challenges in terms of homeless problems and open street drug use i think we are woefully under staffed for a myriad of reason. what do you think we need in terms of sworn police officers to get to the number we really need to keep our cities safe and to deal with the challenges that we are facing? >> you are aware that we have
several analysi analyses going . we are working with the mayor's office this doesn't answer your question totally, but we talked about increasing our investigative capacity, the ability for that seven day coverage. i have talked about the psychiatric emergency response team which we believe is vital to address the homeless issues particularly with people that have mental health concerns and six more officers would give u.s. eight. with the homeless outreach i talked about the need to have two shift. we would have 80 officers in total to give us that and we have anywhere from four or more officers working in east
district station but if we had 80 in total we believe we could do those two shifts and have that coverage needed to sustain the good things happening right now. i know that didn't give you a specific number but those are some of the highlights of this budget request that will allow us to expand and sustain some of the effort. working with the mayor's office we hope to have a total number pretty quickly. >> supervisor stefani: i know it's not that easy to staff up and not everyone is successful after they attend the police academy and i wonder if the department is finding it more difficult to find qualified candidate. >> it is challenging because we are competing with a lot of other agencies. we all compete and as much as we like to hire people from within the city that grew up here, we have to go with regional and
statewide and even national approach to recruiting. it is a challenge and we do lose recruits out of the academy from time-to-time. right now because of this data, i think uh it sad additional itl challenge. some people don't see it as a career they want to do right now. part of the challenge right now is we are in a state in policing in the country for the last few years where there is a lot of concerns and some people have stepped away from do i really want to do that job. it's a very difficult job, but with that said we are able to bring recruits to the door but it's more challenging than it was five or ten years ago. >> have we had to lower our
standards in types of psychological testing? i was i>> no i would not say wee lowering our standard. i think things have been adjusted over the years. some of the testing has been adjusted. we are always looking at that. part of our a academic partner's research is looking at that for us and hopefully we will have a report soon, we engaged in mou and we don't have those answers yet, but i would not say we are lowering our staid. standard. >> i just want to make sure because we hear so many complaints sometimes about our police officer.
we want to make sure that we are recruiting the best and training the best. that is something that is really important to me if we are going to staff up, which we do need to do. we need to recruit the best and train the best with the most compassiocompassionate care of . we can't reduce our standards at any time. one other thing that you said on property crime, you mentioned the re-establishment of a centralized unit to investigate the high-profile serial cases and just led me to believe there might be unintended consequences to decentralization. i have heard anecdotally that desecentralization of crimes and spreading it out to stations is
not the best circumstance for following up and prosecution, so i don't know when i hear that we established a centralized unit made me think that decentralization did not work can you speak to that. >> i think it was based on what is going on then and i think now we have to be more efficient. i think we need both. when that decision was made we didn't have the station investigator. i think you have to have both. you have to have people at the district stations because they are able to connection with a community at a much more intimate level. they know the player and the people in the community and see the names and interact with the officers on a daily basis and that has benefits but you have to have someone looking at the 10,000 level and that guy just
committed a crime and we know that same mo happened in oakland because we have been in contact with oakland pd, so it's good to have both and i think that is where we want to be and what we need right now. how this works together oftentimes the investigators at the station will work with the centralized unit on these crimes because they have the local information but the centralized unit has the bigger view. when the decision was made it might have been the right decision for that time. we are at a time where it was a different era, different crime trends and violence was much higher those days, so there was a lot of factors that went into that. what i will say for today is we have to have both. >> supervisor stefani: shanthank
you. with regard to the fleet i had heard that some of our cars are over 250,000-miles. what will it take to bring our fleet up to standards and maintain that going forward. >> we have to catch up. we went a number of years where we weren't able to purchase cars due to the state of the budget those years several years ago and it got us behind. most departments you have a maintenance schedule in terms of how long a vehicle needs to be in service and how many miles and there is pretty establish normed inorms in that. san francisco you don't get as many miles and you might be able
to get away with the cars being a little bit older, however we are way beyond that and we need to catch up and then we can follow the best practices in terms of scheduling. we say that with the understanding there is not an unlimited pot of money, but we do need to catch up. >> supervisor stefani: i wanted to thank you for the gun crime investigation center i think that is engineers lent. excellent. >> supervisor fewer: i have three pages of questions, so i will try to go through them as quickly as possible. i wanted to know a little bit about what is the sa san francio police's department mechanism to evaluate department work and efficacy and