Emergency Firefighting Water System
Police District Stations & Infrastructure
Motorcycle Police and Crime Lab
Medical Examiner Facility
"At this critical point in history where technology seems to advance by the minute our facilities have declined almost to the point of failure. We have a window of opportunity to make our facilities what they should be to best ensure our officers are able to meet to the needs and expectations of the 21st century city we are sworn to serve and protect every day, including when earthquakes or other calamities strike.”
Why do we need to strengthen, improve and rehabilitate district police stations?
There are 10 district police stations in San Francisco, strategically located throughout the City. Nearly all of the police department’s patrol cars and the response to all public calls are deployed from these district stations. Nine of the district stations were considered for work under this bond. Southern Station was replaced as part of the ESER 2010 program.
Some of these stations are nearly 100 years old and many of the renovations were done nearly 20 years ago. Since that time, the needs of modern policing have changes. There have been building code updates. There are new technologies, operational changes, and new correctional standards that ensure the care and safety of detainees. There is an urgent need to make improvements as most of the police facilities do not fully meet the needs of effective police operations.
What is the criteria for the selection of seismic upgrades and improvements?
The stations located throughout the City are vital to their neighborhoods and are at the heart of the
department’s community policing philosophy. They can focus on a smaller geographic area, allowing stations to tailor services to the specific needs of a neighborhood or community. In the event of a localized disaster, officers need
to effectively respond quickly from the neighboring districts.
The district stations have a broad range of functional, safety, security and technical inadequacies. Since their openings, many of the facilities and district stations have operated continuously. They are subject to heavy usage and are in need of repair and modernization. Most do not meet seismic codes for new construction and they were not designed for operational changes such as having investigators assigned to the district stations. Putting off repairs can hinder police and first Responders’ capabilities to react to public safety, security and emergency needs.
Detailed planning will develop a priority and focus ESER 2014 towards the most necessary, beneficial and cost effective rehabilitation and improvement projects that simply cannot wait.