San Francisco On Track For Fewest Homicide In Decades

Bob Butler
November 13, 2019 - 4:32 pm
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San Francisco is on pace to have its lowest number of homicides in almost two decades.

So far this year, there have been 33 homicides, according to the San Francisco Police Department. There were 46 in 2018, 56 in 2017 and 58 in 2016. 

The SFPD credits the declining numbers to improved investigative techniques, increased foot patrols and street violence intervention teams.

“[Intervention teams] will go out to the scene and work with the officers and the community to make sure that the violence is quelled and that the communication and collaboration between the police department and the victims, and the victim’s families, and the potential suspects are at a level where we can make a better effort in solving the crimes,” said Deputy Chief Greg McEachern. 

The foot patrols allow the police to get video from the community and information regarding potential suspects, he said.

The SFPD has also been actively prosecuting criminals who aren’t supposed to have guns, which has allowed them to take both off the street.