Public Health & Safety

SF Police Chief Says New Patrols Should Have ‘Tremendous Impact’ on Tenderloin Drug Dealing

It’s not rocket science, according to Chief Bill Scott: A greater police presence can disrupt open-air drug markets. But skeptics say policing is having little impact.

San Francisco Records Country’s First Case of Omicron Variant

Health officials urge vigilance, but say this is no reason to panic. No changes to current health orders or new restrictions on activities are planned at this point.

SF Delays Cannabis Tax as Dispensaries Fight Burglary Spree

Dozens of dispensaries across the Bay Area were affected by the organized robberies that swept through the region in recent weeks.

SF Police Shooting Video Shows Former Afghan Interpreter Charged Cops with Kitchen Knife

A former Afghan interpreter who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder was likely in the midst…

Man Shot and Killed by SF Police was Former Afghan Interpreter

Ajmal Amani spent a decade working as a contract translator for Navy SEALS and other U.S. government agencies, his former attorney said.

SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Felony Charges in Retail Crime Spree

Thefts at Union Square and other locations give ammunition to the DA’s critics.

When Cops Are Addicts: Pharmacy Robbery Sheds Rare Light on Drug Abuse Among First Responders

San Francisco police Sgt. Davin Cole made a living helping people who struggle with drug addiction. Then he allegedly robbed a pharmacy.

Merchants Remain Uneasy, But Shoppers Unfazed Following Union Square Thefts

Some Union Square merchants questioned the efficacy of the city’s approach to deterring crime over the holidays, which includes restricting cars and an amped-up police presence.

SF Police Fatally Shoot Suspect at SoMa Residential Hotel

The man was struck by gunfire near Fifth and Folsom streets at some time before 9 a.m. near the Covered Wagon Hotel at 917 Folsom Street, sources said.

As Casual Partiers Fall to Fentanyl, Local Activists Fight Back with Simple Test Strip

FentCheck co-founder Alison Heller says hardcore opioid users aren’t the only ones who need to worry about accidental overdoses.