Newsom fights supes on police foot patrol measure 

Mayor Gavin Newsom sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking the group to withdraw a proposed ordinance requiring police foot patrols, saying it threatens the police chief’s authority.

The measure interferes with the chain of command in the Police Department, which is a clear violation of the city Charter, Newsom said.

“This measure does a grave disservice to our residents who rely on the police department’s public safety,” Newsom wrote in the letter, which was sent Wednesday.

Newsom said the ballot measure undercuts what the police department is currently doing by using foot patrols over the use of other tools, regardless of public safety needs.

Newsom pointed out that the measure was submitted without consultation with the City Attorney’s Office or the police chief.

“Once again, I request that the sponsors of this measure remove their support, and choose instead to support our Chief of Police and his department in making the right public safety choices for our city in these challenging economic times,” Newsom wrote.

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