Press Release


Mayor Newsom And Police Chief Gascón Announce Continued Drop In S.F. Violent Crime Rate

Continued historic lows for homicides and violent crime rates overall in last two years due to strategic deployment of law enforcement resources, COMPSTAT, and community policing

1/5/11- Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascón today announced the year end crime statistics showing historic low crime trends for the City since the 1960s. Newsom and Gascón announced that overall crimes in San Francisco for 2010 are down 8% from 2009, and violent crime in San Francisco was down 4% overall compared to 2009.

“Violent crime in San Francisco has dropped to historic lows these last two years through stronger community partnerships and our aggressive anti-crime and prevention strategies,” said Mayor Newsom. “Chief Gascón and the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department are making our City the safest big city in America through innovative use of data sets, strategic deployment of police resources and successful partnerships with our diverse communities and neighborhoods. Continuing these trends in 2011 will require our ongoing commitment to reform and accountability and continued support for our men and women in uniform.”

Key pieces of crime data from 2010 include:
· In 2010, there were 50 homicides in San Francisco, up from 45 in 2009, but still the second lowest rate in San Francisco since the 1960s.
· San Francisco has the lowest homicides per Capita of a major large city (0.059), compared to New York City (0.063), Los Angeles (0.074), Boston (0.111), and Chicago (0.150).
· In 2010, total overall crime in San Francisco is down 8% from 2009 and shows a reduction of 12% compared to 2008.
· In 2010, total violent crime in San Francisco is down 4% from 2009 and shows a reduction of 12% compared to 2008.
· In 2010, total property crime in San Francisco is down 8% from 2009 and shows a reduction of 12% compared to 2008.

The SFPD continued to pursue crime reduction strategies including Chief Gascón’s implementation of COMPSTAT to track crime trends in neighborhoods, increasing community policing efforts which include convening community police advisory boards, increasing access for citizens with limited English proficiency, neighborhood drop-in centers, and town hall meetings, and decentralization of investigations. In 2010, the SFPD crime lab was certified and accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

“The year end crime statistics provide the people of San Francisco with a performance assessment of how well the San Francisco Police Department is serving the City,” said Chief Gascón. “We will continue to make San Francisco the safest big city in America by reducing crime and the perception of crime through the use of innovative strategic planning and by working collaboratively with our diverse communities that we serve.”