Well, I guess its not like they respond all that often to calls for assistance that do involve criminal activity. A study two years ago found that SFPD took nearly 3 hours on average to respond to low-priority “Class 3” calls for assistance. But I digress.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced today that San Francisco police will stop responding to neighbor disputes, reports on homeless people, school discipline interventions and other non-criminal activities as part of a police reform plan she announced Thursday. Mayor Breed that on calls that don’t involve a threat to public safety, police would be replaced by trained, unarmed professionals to limit unnecessary confrontation between the police department and the community.
Breed’s said as part of police reforms, the city will also strengthen accountability policies, ban the use of military-grade weapons and divert funding to the African-American community.
The city will develop its plan over the next year and follow models like the Cahoots program in Eugene, Ore., Breed said. That community-based crisis program employs social workers and mental health workers to respond to disturbances where crimes are not being committed.
So a City that is already woefully under-policed if videos of open-air drug markets and rampant property crime rates are any indication (30,000 vehicle burglaries in 2018 — that’s 82 per night, every night, all year long), is going to remove its police presence from even more situations that are often precursors to criminal activity, and replace them with social justice warriors.
Maybe — just maybe — this is a work around that affords a convenient excuse to not follow the recommendation from an Study released in March that SFPD hire an additional 200 bodies — 135 officers and 65 support — to bring their staffing up to minimally acceptable levels in order to improve their response times.
Seems like the calls to “defund the police” have arrived just in time to save the San Francisco from having to follow through on that recommendation.