So the headline over at SFGate tonight read:
Homicides plummet inexplicably in S.F.The article which follows, written by Jaxsen Van Derbeken (usually pretty reliable in my opinion), then goes on to list a whole litany of contributing factors as to why the homicide rate dropped this year in San Francisco. This would include an expansion in the Homicide unit, which gave them more manpower to solve 70% of the homicides this year. Then there was the redeployment of the SFPD, putting more officers in the stations that have the high crime rates and the gang problems. Added to this was the SFPD's decision to aggressively target the various gangs that were the cause of alot of the homicides in San Francisco.
Seems like there are a lot of reasons why the rate is down. The question is whether the City of San Francisco is going to do what is necessary to keep the rate down.