PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
July 2, 2008
San Francisco Police Team Net 12 Arrests in Two Undercover Robbery Abatements Operations
The San Francisco Police Department implemented a Robbery Abatement Team (RAT) program, which conducted two undercover operations this past week, one on Friday, June 27 and one on Monday, June 30.
RAT involves undercover officers posing as potential victims in what are often dangerous situations.
Both of these operations were part of the SFPD's Target Zone Enforcement to reduce crime to make the district safer for residents, workers, merchants and visitors in the Tenderloin and Market Street/6th Street corridor areas. The crime reduction plan is part of an ongoing effort to help reduce crime in this area by implementing narcotic buy-bust operations, Fugitive Recovery Enforcement (FRET) operations, uniformed foot patrols, and robbery abatement operations. The goal of this recent operation was to reduce violence directed at homeless people and Tenderloin residents, crimes that often go unreported.
The June 27 operation lead to six arrests between 1:30 P.M. and 5:35 P.M., all on 6th and 7th Streets within one block of Market. Those arrested were men between the ages of 21 and 54. Three were of San Francisco; one was from San Leandro, and the remaining two had no local address. All were charged with either robbery or theft.
The June 30 operation concentrated on the Tenderloin district. There were also six arrests, all in the vicinity of Jones and Leavenworth streets and Golden Gate Avenue. Police made the arrests between 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. The suspects, five male and one female, ranged in age from 41 to 48 years of age. Three were from San Francisco and three had no local addresses. All were charged with either robbery or theft.
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office, 553-1651.