New South San Francisco Police Chief: I Want To Hear From You
What public safety services are important to you, South San Francisco? As your new Police Chief, getting community input is one of my top priorities for keeping SSF one of the safest communities in the Bay Area. As a twenty-two year veteran of the SSF Police Department, I am honored to be your Chief. We have a strong tradition of working with residents to build relationships and focus on community policing. Thanks in large part to these conversations, our Police Department enjoys your trust and prioritizes services important to you, such as neighborhood patrols and maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response times.
In this spirit, I have started a series of Town Hall meetings focused on the state of public safety in our City and to hear from you on ways we can better serve your safety needs.
South San Francisco is one of the safest communities in the Bay Area, with crimes like assaults, stolen vehicles, homicide and burglary below the rates of comparable Bay Area cities. But we should always strive to do even better.
To maintain our safety and quality of life, we must continue to prioritize proven programs like neighborhood patrols, gang suppression, and youth programs like the Youth Police Academy. Our City prides itself in taking a multi-faceted approach to keeping our community safe with additional programs such as the City’s Library Department that complements traditional public safety efforts by offering a wide variety of programs and services to engage and educate our local children and teens, including a homework program, interactive science and art programs in the afterschool hours, and a wide range of summer learning and volunteering opportunities. The Parks and Recreation Department also offers a variety of programs and activities, including licensed Before and After School childcare, middle school sports programs, recreation classes, special events, and robust youth and teen summer camp programs. These local public safety, educational and recreational programs keep youth off the street, out of trouble and away from gangs and drugs, while building community relations and instilling a lifelong set of real-world skills.
How do we maintain emergency response times? How do we continue to keep youth and teens out of trouble? How do we continue robust neighborhood patrols? How do we continue to recruit and retain well-trained and qualified public safety officers? A 21st century Police Department requires a 21st century approach. We want to honor and continue our tradition of prioritizing community-based public safety programs.
We should all be proud to live in a city where residents and leadership value public safety and work together to achieve the community-based solutions that prevent crime from happening in the first place. Maintaining essential public safety programs is critical to our quality of life. We cannot do this without sufficient local programs that work or well-trained, qualified, local public safety officers. Local control over local needs is the key to maintaining successful public safety programs.
That’s why I want to hear from as many community members as possible. Please join the conversation about maintaining public safety and our quality of life in South San Francisco by attending an upcoming Town Hall meeting:
|Date: Wednesday, May 6 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
|Date: Monday, June 1 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Morelos Hall,
209 Miller Avenue
Over the coming months, the Police Department and the City will continue to solicit community input. Information about future Town Halls will be posted on the City calendar at www.ssf.net. If you are not able to attend a Town Hall in person, you can still provide your feedback by filling out a brief community survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CityofSSF.
Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi has served as a South San Francisco Police Officer for over twenty-two years. He was appointed Chief in September of 2014.