U-Turn: San Francisco increases budget for police and seeks recruitment from Texas

San-Francisco-closures A map reveals the major businesses which have left, or plan to leave, San Francisco in recent months

Hebrews 12:11 “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • San Francisco tries to recruit cops from TEXAS as it faces shortage of hundreds of officers – and business leaders like Salesforce’s Marc Benioff slam the city’s widespread homelessness and drug use
  • San Francisco is trying to recruit cops from Texas as it faces a shortage of officers, after businessman Marc Benioff slammed the city’s homeless and drug problems.
  • The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is visiting four Texas university campuses throughout the month as part of a new recruitment drive.
  • Candidates from outside of the state of California will take a written test, a physical ability test and an interview to see if they make the cut.
  • Mayor London Breed was one of the first to openly speak out in support of defunding the police.
  • During a July 2020 press conference, Breed said: ‘We chose to change how this city and how this country treats our young Black men.’
  • Breed announced $120 million would be cut from the police and sheriff’s departments to reinvest in programs that help black and brown communities.
  • The following year, Breed u-turned on the decision and increased the police budget as the city faced a rampant rise in property crime and looting.
  • Latest figures up until Sunday show that there have been more homicides so far this year than the whole of last year.
  • Likewise, the number of robberies in the city is also higher now than for the whole of last year, with 1,989 reported incidents this year, compared to just 1,704 last year.
  • The number of total crimes this year is also closely catching up with last year’s full total, with 36,573 crimes committed this year, compared to 37,674 in 2022.

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