Police Staffing Levels Lower Than Average Among Nine Peer Cities

A comparison of San Francisco’s police staffing level with the levels in nine peer cities shows staffing is lower than an average for the peer group, according to a report released today by the Controller’s Office.

San Francisco had 239 sworn officers per 100,000 residents in fiscal year 2013-14, compared to an average of 271 officers in the peer group, according to the report.

The report also shows that the daytime staffing level drops to 201 officers in San Francisco, compared to an average of 215 in the peer group.

Overall, staffing dropped three percent in San Francisco from 2004 to 2014, while the city’s population grew 12 percent, the report said.

Natasha Mihal, with the Controller’s Office, said police will respond to the report at a Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting Monday at City Hall.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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