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May 03, 2004

Subject:     CHP To Assist SFPD In Traffic Enforcement In Target Areas In San Francisco

Beginning today, May 3, 2004, the California Highway Patrol will assist the San Francisco Police Department in traffic enforcement in target areas.  CHP officers in their marked patrol cars will be conducting traffic enforcement, which will include issuing traffic citations and effecting arrests for Vehicle Code and Penal Code violations.  Known as Operation Impact, the enforcement operation will continue through Wednesday, May 5.  A similar program is currently operating in Oakland, which has resulted in a six per cent reduction in Part One (major offenses) crime during a comparable period.

The CHP becomes the latest agency to work with the SFPD in its efforts to control what are referred to as precursors to violent crime and gang-related activity, namely, reckless driving, DUI, weapons possession, narcotics, vandalism and loitering. The SFPD routinely works with other law enforcement agencies, such as Probation, Parole and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the addition of the CHP constitutes another pro-active resource in helping to prevent crime in the city.

We look forward to continuing Operation Impact to improve safety for all of the people of San Francisco.

For more information, please contact:

Public Affairs Office

Sergeant Wayne Ziese
California Highway Patrol
707-648-4180, ext. 277