- 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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