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As you know, I am deeply committed to making Oakland safe. Since assuming office in January, this Council has made the most significant investments in public safety in a decade. To make up for low staffing levels we immediately contracted with the CHP and Alameda County Sheriff’s to increase the number of officers on the street and replaced the aged police vehicle fleet. In addition, the Council:
Invested millions of dollars to increase the number of academies and put additional police officers on the streets
Increased the number of police dispatchers to improve response times
Increased the number of lab technicians and crime scene technicians to help solve crimes;
Entered contracts with nationally renowned experts with to teach us how to restructure our police department for success; and, based on the advice of these experts
Rolled out a new policing structure and command staff for each district to make the Police Department more responsive
Authorized technology upgrades and purchases so that we have a 21st Century department
Pushed to civilianize the complaint intake function (putting another 9 sworn officers to return to the field)
The Administration has made a significant investment in Ceasefire that has resulted in dozens of arrests and the recovery of numerous illegal firearms. With support from Rep. Barbara Lee, secured a federal COPS grant to increase the number of officers and, under the supervision of the compliance director OPD is making progress to restore constitutional policing. For the first time in many months, crime is trending downward. This is good but not good enough. Crime levels remain unacceptably high. But it is clear that we are on the right track moving in the right direction.
More than talk. In the ALL-IN Budget the Council balanced the investment in law enforcement with strategic investments in job and youth development programs. In addition to the steps the Council has taken under its authority, last month I met with District 3 education leaders to explore how we can partner together to reduce truancy and the commercial sexual exploitation of our youth. And, next month the City’s Department of Human Services will move forward on a pro-active strategy to assess and integrate the social programs that are critically important to stopping the cycle of violence. The Administration and the Council have worked together to improve policing services and accountability and to attract support from County, State and Federal officials. And our work is not yet done.
This month the City will begin a round of public meetings in the hiring process for a permanent Police Chief. Get involved. We want to hear from you.
Safety doesn’t happen in isolation. Working together we will provide education and economic opportunities for our most impoverished residents – breaking the cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement, improve the functioning and accountability of our police department, retake our streets and eliminate illegal firearms. Yes, we still can.