More police to patrol Golden Gate Park and other summer spots 

A recent proposal to close Golden Gate and McClaren parks at night has made its way to the trash heap, but that doesn’t mean the late-night violence in parks has ceased.

So, if you can’t change the rules, throw more resources at the problem, says the San Francisco Police Department.

“San Francisco’s Parks, and especially Golden Gate Park, are international icons that play a role in drawing tens of thousands of tourists to San Francisco,” reads a press release sent out Tuesday. “Golden Gate Park is a place of safety which attracts people who wish engage in recreational pastimes and enjoy social and cultural activities. In fact, the more folks that use the park for these purposes, the safer it becomes.”

To encourage more visitors, the Police Department, park rangers, officers from the Department of Animal Care and Control and the Department of Public Health will be providing “increased public safety presence” this summer.

That increased visibility of officers and rangers is meant to enhance the visitors’ sense of safety. Now, if they could only do something about the fog.

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