SFPD Works Towards a Safer Tenderloin

adpostal's picture

http://www.baycitizen.org/crime/story/safety-net-kids-tenderloin/

In order to make a effort to improve safety in the Tenderloin, 2 officers are now positioned near Leavenworth and Turk in order to help school children and their parents arrive at school safely.  This area is plagued by drug and gang related violence.  I feel that this is important, but is merely a band-aid.  The city should work towards reducing the overriding problem facing the Tenderloin district, which is the lack of drug rehabilitation services and mental health services.  

What do YOU want the next mayor to do about this problem?

gcotter's picture

Crack down on crime

Rehab and mental health services are needed, but if users get cleaned up and sober and go right back out into a neighborhood where dope is sold on every corner, every alleyway, and in front of every building, then the chance of staying clean impossible.

Stop the drug dealers, the gangs, the violent offender and then maybe some rehab programs can make a difference. With drug dealers gone, the violence to get money for drus drops - reducing the muggings, burglary, etc.

We need more zero-tolerance law enforcement in high crime areas like the tenderloin.  If it takes cops on every corner, then do it.  Until we get rid of the gangs and the drug sales, rehab just isn't enough.

adpostal's picture

The War on Drugs must end

Unfortunately, zero-tolerance drug policies are problematic.  They disproportionately affect the poorest people, many of whom are people of color.  And having a drug felony on one's record reduces people to a sort of "under-caste" in society.  Drug felons can't vote and are given ridiculously long prison rates in comparison to other crimes.  They also cannot get housing or a job, and are stuck in this position of second-class citizenship. The Supreme Court has also given police officers almost complete jurisdiction to search anyone for drugs for pretty much any reason.  These policies are what perpetuates people to keep selling drugs, since that is about all they know and can do to make money. 

 

To truly get to the bottom of this problem, we must focus on education.  Most drug offenders are high school drop outs.  By emphasizing the importance of school and job training, we are on our way to solving this difficult social issue. 

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