Mirroring the national trend, the Bay Area’s biggest cities ended 2013 with some of the lowest numbers of homicides in decades.
Crime is at five-year high in San Francisco and according to police, the increase of smartphone robberies is largely responsible.
San Francisco’s top prosecutor wants to bring the same sort of technology he used to track crime while serving as police chief to the district attorney’s office.
Oakland’s police chief is hoping a high tech approach to tracking crime trends can make a big difference for a department that many says is extremely short staffed. This comes as the Oakland Police Department received so many calls for help on Friday that officers couldn’t respond to all of them.
A dramatic spike in crime on one particular San Francisco block in the Tenderloin corresponds to a recent drop in the number of officers assigned to patrol the entire area, said Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts is heading to Washington, D.C., where he will lobby for federal funding for a pilot program to place officers in four of the city’s middle schools.
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts issued a community-wide call to action this week, saying the city had reached a critical juncture with a shortage of officers and a new mayor coming in.