Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Lt. Troy Dangerfield #250, SFPD
SFPD and SF Rec Park Spearhead City’s Safe Summer in the Parks 2011 Initiative
San Francisco – San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) joined forces to launch the City’s “Safe Summer in the Parks” initiative in 2011 today. The initiative would provide increased law enforcement presence in city parks. SFPD and RPD Park Patrol also partnered with officers from the Department of Animal Care and Control (ACC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) to provide increased public safety presence.
“SF Police Department and SF Rec and Park share the same vision for our City, we want to have safe and clean parks for our children and families.” said, Greg Suhr, SF Police Chief. “We are excited with this partnership, our City will be putting parks safety as a top priority this summer so that San Franciscans can enjoy the outdoors safely.”
The initiative would increase the visibility of officers and rangers to enhance the sense of safety, and encourage more visitors to utilize San Francisco parks. The initiative would also increase the patrol of SFPD mounted unit and motorcycle in the parks. In addition, frequent patrol is scheduled in some parks during operation hours.
“We believe healthy park use makes our parks safe and this is why we are offering a new generation of recreational activities at our parks.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We now have Zumba, rock climbing, Hip Hop, cooking, skateboarding, boot camps, kayaking, pilates, mountain biking, tango and so much more at our parks.”