San Francisco Police Department
After a record low in violent crime in 2009, San Francisco is beginning to see an increase in murders and shootings. According to the San Francisco Police Department’s latest statistics, 24 people have been killed in San Francisco so far this year, as compared to 21 in 2010 and 19 in 2009.
On the positive side, SFPD have arrested 14 homicide suspects in 2011, up from 8 last year.
San Francisco is not the only Bay Area city struggling with violence. Oakland and San Jose have also seen their murder rates rise: Oakland has had 45 homicides this year so far, compared to 34 at this point in 2010, while San Jose’s 24 murders this year have already surpassed the city’s 20 killings in all of 2010.
Shootings are also on the rise in San Francisco. Strangely, while the reported incidents of shots fired this year has decreased from 169 in 2010 to 128 this year, more people have fallen victim to gunfire. 97 people have been wounded or killed by firearms so far this year, up from 89 in 2010. Continue reading
San Francisco Police Department
In a departure from the San Francisco Police Department’s usual practice of reviewing crime trends district by district at the bi-monthly Compstat meetings, this morning’s session focused exclusively on combating robberies across the city. There have been 1097 robberies in 2011 to date, down 8 percent from the 1188 reported robberies at this time last year. However, the past two months have seen a 10 percent increase in robberies from last year.
District captains took turns discussing their various crime-fighting strategies. In the Southern District, which includes SoMa and the Mid-Market neighborhood, police have reacted to a series of street robberies along Sixth and Market Streets by conducting an arrest sweep yesterday afternoon, resulting in 11 arrests. Continue reading
San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón's final year in charge saw a dip in violent and property crimes
Although the first month of 2011 is almost through, the San Francisco Police Department has yet to release its final set of CompStat figures for 2010. So absent that final week of data, we’re going to break down San Francisco’s crime trends in George Gascón’s final year as Police Chief.
San Francisco ended 2010 with 50 murders. While homicides were up from the 45 killings that took place in the city in 2009, it’s important to remember that San Francisco averaged 94 murders from 2005 through 2008. There have been nine homicides so far in 2011, the most recent one occurring last night in the Bayview.
Figures through December 25th, 2010 show an eight percent decrease in overall part 1 crimes, as well as a 12 percent decrease in arrests for that crime category. Violent crime was down three percent, and property crime decreased by nine percent. Rape, robberies, aggravated assaults, car thefts and burglaries all declined – the only notable spikes aside from murders were in domestic violence cases (948, up from 910 in 2009) and personal or “other” theft, up to 13,852 from 13,407 the year before.
After the jump is a breakdown of important crime trends in the city’s nine police districts.
Since arriving from Long Beach a little over a year ago, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts has made a point of reaching out to community members and rebuilding the sometimes fractious relationship between residents and OPD. This priority was on full display last night at the department’s second public CompStat meeting, held at the Oakland Museum of California in front of a crowd of roughly sixty people.
CompStat is a computerized crime-tracking program made famous in the 1990s by the New York Police Department. The program has been hailed as one of the driving reasons behind New York City’s drastic crime reductions over the past 20 years – and it has also been blamed for pressuring NYPD officers to “cook the books” in order to produce favorable statistics.
We’ll have a complete breakdown of the meeting after the jump. For those who want the abridged version, here are the main points of note from last night
One injured, two arrested in early morning shooting. Shots were fired shortly before 1 AM near 26th Street and Van Ness. The victim sustained three non-life threatening wounds. Alex Guevara, 20, of Daly City and Joshua Ontiveros, 20, of San Francisco, were arrested while fleeing in a 1997 Pontiac. They both faces charges of attempted murder and conspiracy. (San Francisco Examiner)
Body found in Hayward hills. Hayward police say it may be the brother of a 15-year-old boy who was involved in a suspected burglary. (Oakland Tribune)
Prison guards union is losing statewide influence. Columnist Dan Morain traces decline of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which was once a kingmaker in state politics. (Sacramento Bee)
SF DA identifies 76 SFPD officers with problematic backgrounds.The disclosure is a result of a new court-ordered policy to release information about police officers to defense attorneys – also known as the Brady policy. (SF Weekly)
Oakland Police holds public Compstat meeting. Police Chief Anthony Batts opens the department’s monthly review of crime in Oakland’s three patrol areas to citizens. San Francisco police have also made their twice-monthly Compstat meetings public. (Oakland Tribune)
The San Francisco Police Department released Compstat statistics for the Third Quarter today. Chief
San Francisco Police Department
George Gascón has scheduled a press conference to discuss the figures on Thursday. We’re going to be across the Bay covering the review hearing for the North Oakland gang injunction.
However, here’s a breakdown of some points of interest from the Citywide and Station data:
- Violent and property crime are both down for the year, at four percent and nine percent lower than this point in 2009.
- Arrests are down citywide for all offenses. Violent crime arrests decreased to 2360 from 2693 this year; property crimes arrests fell to 3178 from 3598 at this point last year.
- Murders are fractionally up from last year – 37 people have been killed in 2010, compared with 36 at this point last year. San Francisco’s total of 45 murders in 2009 represented a 53 percent decrease from the 97 killings in 2008. There have been fifteen arrests for murder so far in 2010 – 37 murders have taken place in the city this year.
- Don’t park your car in the Tenderloin. 32 vehicles were stolen in the Tenderloin from July through September, up from 14 in the same period in 2009. There’ve been 84 auto thefts in the TL this year, up from 60 last year. Continue reading
SFPD officers questioning a man
Every other Wednesday is another CompStat day for the San Francisco Police Department. Today, SFPD officers from the Golden Gate Division had their crime and arrest statistics gone over by Assistant Chief Jeff Godown.
I didn’t have a chance to make it to this morning’s presentation at the Scottish Rite Temple, but as always, have the highlights from the most recent batch of numbers (these are from August 1st through August 28th). Continue reading
In San Francisco, every first and third Wednesday of each month is CompStat day – when the SFPD goes over crime trends in the city’s neighborhood districts. Two weeks ago, we broke down the goings-on in the Golden Gate Division, which encompasses the southern and western portions of the city. Metro Division statistics for the past month were under review this morning, offering some insight into the street life of neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin, SoMa and the Mission.
As usual, Assistant Chief Jeff Godown chaired the meeting, which was back at its typical location at the Scottish Rite Temple in the Sunset. Chief George Gascon, who was absent from the last CompStat session in the Bayview, was present and pressed his officers on both short and long-term crime fighting strategies.
For the Metro Division as a whole, there were 149 robberies in the past month, up nine percent from the previous week. Although robberies are down two percent for the year to date, Asst. Chief Godown still referred to street muggings as the department’s biggest challenge throughout the city. There have been 12 murders in Metro (including two since July 18), up from nine at this point in 2009. There have also been 55 rapes, up from 51 in 2009.