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Monday, April 11, 2011

Metal Detectors at Nightclubs? S.F. Entertainment Commission to Discuss Police Proposal Tuesday Night

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Metal detectors are proposed for S.F. entertainment venues
  • Metal detectors are proposed for S.F. entertainment venues

The San Francisco Entertainment Commission will discuss a list of safety proposals from the SFPD tomorrow night that includes mandating metal detectors, ID checks, and surveillance cameras at local entertainment venues.

Yikes! But entertainment commissioner Jocelyn Kane says there's almost zero chance that any of the proposed rules will be approved tomorrow.

"This is a request. This is nothing other than, 'Let's talk about this,'" she says.

The rules, which were originally proposed last year, include requiring all patrons to pass through metal detectors and have their IDs scanned. Kane said these are part of a package of safety improvements recommended for entertainment venues by the police department, and that the legal and privacy implications of them have yet to be worked out.

"The assumption that you need these things to operate isn't something that everyone agrees to," Kane says.

A few of the proposed rules:

1. (a) Security personnel shall be provided in a ratio one (1) guard for every fifty (50) patrons. (b) A security supervisor shall be provided at a ratio of one (1) supervisor for every four (4) guards.

2. All individuals entering the premises shall be scanned by a metal detector.

3. All occupants of the premises shall be ID Scanned (including patrons, promoters, and performers, etc.). ID scanning data shall be maintained on a data storage system for no less than 15 days and shall be made available to local law enforcement upon request.

4. High visibility cameras shall be located at each entrance and exit point of the premises. Said cameras shall maintain a recorded data base for no less than fifteen (15 days) and made available to local law enforcement upon request.

Again, Kane says these are merely proposals and unlikely to be approved tomorrow. Check out the full proposal here. Tomorrow's meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in Room 400 at City Hall. There will be a chance for public comment during the meeting, and if you can't make that, you can always send your comments in advance. 

We've called the SFPD for a comment and some more info on the proposed rules. We'll update you if we get any more info.

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