Mayor London Breed Proposes Budget That Expands Public Safety Investments

Budget funds the Mayor’s plans to fully staff SFPD, deliver new public safety technologies, continue multi-agency drug market disruption operations, and address staffing at Sheriff and Department of Emergency Management
May 30, 2024

San Francisco, CA – Today Mayor London N. Breed released proposed public safety investments in her upcoming two-year budget for Fiscal Years 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. Mayor Breed’s budget will invest in building on the progress San Francisco has made on public safety by increasing staffing at the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), investing in the use of new public safety technology, and supporting public safety departments in their work to keep San Franciscans safe. Despite a significant budget deficit, the Mayor is not reducing funding for core City services including public safety.  

Mayor Breed’s continued focus and investments in public safety have delivered significant results:

  • San Francisco’s crime rate is at its lowest in 10 years
    • 32% reduction property crime in 2024
    • 14% reduction in violent crime in 2024
  • Gun violence is down 37% year to date, and San Francisco’s homicide clearance rate remains above 80%, far above the national average.
  • Coordinated efforts by local, state, and federal law enforcement initiated by Mayor Breed to shut down open air drug markets have resulted in over 3,000 arrests over the last year 

The Mayor’s proposed budget will build on these efforts by increasing investments in San Francisco’s public safety departments to increase staffing, add new technologies, and continue unprecedented levels of coordination that are tackling San Francisco’s most significant public safety challenges. These investments will be part of her proposed budget that must be presented to the Board of Supervisors by June 1st for consideration.  

“We have made real progress on public safety in San Francisco, but this is a moment to double down, not to let up,” said Mayor London Breed. “One of the core responsibilities of City government is to keep our residents, businesses, workers, and visitors safe, and my budget will deliver on that commitment. What we are doing is working, and we will build on that. This budget not only invests in having the workforce to keep our residents safe, but also in the technology, tools and teamwork to deliver results.”

Key Investments that the Mayor’s budget delivers:

Deliver Mayor’s Police Full Staffing Plan

This budget funds the Mayor’s SFPD Full Staffing Plan. To achieve this, the budget funds four academy classes of 50 each over the next year as a baseline. If SFPD recruitment exceeds this goal, the Mayor is committed to funding more recruits. This budget enables the City to add 200 new officers by 2025 as part of the Mayor’s goal of reaching full staffing levels in three years.

Fund New Technology to Increase Safety and Deploy More Officers

Prop E, which was passed by the voters in March authorizes the Police Department to use new surveillance technology, including drones and public cameras. The Mayor’s proposed budget includes $3.7 million over two years for the department to implement these new technologies, starting with modernization and expanded use of existing public safety cameras and installation of new cameras in high-concern areas. As these new tools are integrated into department operations, deterrence and investigations will be made more efficient, allowing more officers to be back on patrol.

Sustain Unprecedented Coordinated Response to Shut Down Drug Markets

The Drug Market Agency Coordination Center (DMACC), established in May 2023, is the City’s comprehensive, multi-agency strategy to disrupt open-air drug markets, public drug use, and illegal fencing, especially in the Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods. In its first year, it led to over 3,000 arrests and 200 kilos of narcotics seized. The Mayor’s Budget funds the continuation of this work by Police, Sheriff, Emergency Management, Fire, and Public Works departments, along with state and federal partners.  

Increase Sheriff Department Staffing

The proposed budget increases the Sheriff’s budget to help fill vacancies, including funding the new wage increases and new longevity pay incentives approved in the recent new contract with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. While the Department increases hiring, the budget also expands overtime to cover operations.  

Maintain Funding for all Public Safety Departments

The proposed budget maintains funding for the District Attorney, Public Defender, Adult Probation and Juvenile Probation, and San Francisco Fire Department ensuring that the entire public safety system remains intact. Critically, the funding ensures that recent increases to the District Attorney’s Office to focus on drug prosecution are maintained as part of the City’s overall response to drug enforcement.  

Continue Safety Ambassadors and Civilianization to provide non-law enforcement response

The proposed budget continues and expands civilianization efforts and alternatives to law enforcement. This includes funding Police Service Aides, citywide Public Safety Community Ambassadors, and retired Police Officer ambassadors. It also continues to fund the City’s Street Response Teams, which provide non-law enforcement responses to 911 and 311 calls for people in behavioral health crisis and people experiencing homelessness.  

Fully Staff San Francisco’s 911 Dispatchers to help improve response times

The Mayor’s proposed budget also includes funding to enable the Department of Emergency Management to fill three new dispatcher academies throughout the next year, with the goal of adding up to 45 additional dispatchers next fiscal year.

“SFPD officers have been doing an outstanding job keeping the public safe,” said SFPD Chief Bill Scott. “The evidence is unequivocal; crime is down in every category this year. I want to thank Mayor London Breed for continuing to invest in the SFPD as we work hard to rebuild our ranks and rebound from the pandemic.”

“This budget will support our critical work to hire more 911 Dispatchers as we begin our largest academy class in over two years,” said Department of Emergency Management Executive Director Mary Ellen Carroll. “Dispatchers are the city’s first first responders, serving as a calm, helpful voice on the other end of the line for countless people having their worst day, and I am so grateful for the lifesaving work they do.”  

"I thank Mayor London Breed for her comprehensive approach to enhancing public safety across our city," said SFFD Chief Jeanine Nicholson. "Our work in Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, Street Overdose, and Street Crisis Response teams are vital in providing timely, compassionate care to those experiencing an emergency, especially those experiencing behavioral health crises and homelessness. These initiatives, combined with expanded staffing and new technology, will ensure we continue to serve our community effectively and with dedication."

The Mayor must present a balanced two-year budget to the Board of Supervisors by June 1, 2024. The Board of Supervisors will then review the budget, hold hearings, and make amendments before moving forward the budget for final approval. The budget must be fully approved and signed by the Mayor by August 1, 2024.