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Mayor London Breed vows to fight for more police officers in upcoming San Francisco budget talks

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said Wednesday she’ll push for police academy classes and investment to recruit and retain officers in the upcoming city budget amid public safety concerns from residents and businesses.

Breed told business leaders Wednesday morning public safety “would be a top priority” in the budget she will propose to supervisors on June 1, according to a copy of the speech. She mentioned police are below recommended staffing levels.

“If you want your workers to feel safe, we need your help to advocate for police officers in this budget,” she said, according to a draft speech she gave at a breakfast organized by the Chamber of Commerce. The Chronicle requested the draft but didn’t attend the event. “Every year when I propose academy classes at the Board of Supervisors, there’s a cut. We all have to change that.”

Her promise to the business community comes little more than a week after she appointed police spokesperson Matt Dorsey as District Six supervisor, arguing he was the best pick to tackle crime and public drug dealing in some areas of the district. It’s also on the cusp of a historic recall election that could oust progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office. Breed has turned to tough-on-crime rhetoric but also promised to help the city’s most vulnerable while cracking down on quality-of-life problems.

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