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A Message from Interim Chief Sean Whent
Thanks to the Community . . .
As 2013 draws to a close, I’d like to express my gratitude to the Oakland community. Your willingness to engage in problem solving, dedication to fellow Oaklanders, and desire to move Oakland forward is unmistakable.
Through our collective efforts we have made significant progress in several areas essential to creating a safer Oakland. Although there is still a great deal of work to be done, I believe it’s important to recognize the strides we have made.
This year the Department increased our focus on community partnerships and trust building, worked diligently toward organizational excellence, and made violent crime reductions our number one priority.
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OPD Command Staff at Oakland Tech Public Safety Meeting – On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Chief Sean Whent and the Oakland Police Department’s five area commanders spoke at a public safety committee meeting held at Oakland Tech High School. In an overview, the chief stated that year to date, Part 1 crimes (murder, assault with a firearm, sexual assault, robbery, and burglary) are down 15% compared to last year. Most significantly, non-fatal shootings are down 31% and robberies are down 36%. Area commanders reported on crime trends in their areas and how they are being addressed. Crime trends include street racing in Area 1, armed robberies in Area 2, human trafficking in Area 3, human trafficking and street robberies in Area 4, and gang gun violence in Area 5. OPD continues to focus on reducing crime, partnering with neighborhood groups and exploring a variety of options to address the problem of human trafficking.
Murder Suspect Charged – Last week, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Harold Thomas Smith, 22, of Oakland with murder and attempted murder for a shooting near Highland Hospital that took place February 22. Smith is accused of killing Innocent Okoronkwo Jr., 24, and injuring a 26-year-old man in the shooting. Smith was arrested for murder on April 1.
Largest Oakland Police Academy Class Graduates – On Friday, April 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. the 168th Oakland Police Academy graduated at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive. Interim Police Chief Sean Whent, Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Fred Blackwell, other City leaders, and the OPD command staff welcomed 47 recruits to the law enforcement family. No matter their unique characteristics, all recruits share the same quality – the desire to professionally serve the community of Oakland. The additional officers from this academy strengthen departmental resources, which will help OPD better collaborate with the community to carry out its mission of making Oakland a safer place.
OPD Officers Make Arrest, Recover Illegally Possessed Weapons
On Monday, April 10, 2014 Oakland Police officers responded to the 600 block of 26th Street on a report of a man with a gun. During the preliminary investigation, the officers arrested a man matching the description provided by the witness and recovered two illegally possessed loaded firearms.
Robber Arrested, Property Returned
On March 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM an Oakland Police officer was flagged down in the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way by a citizen who had just been robbed. The woman was able to provide the officer a description of the man who stole her tablet computer and the location she last saw him. An officer broadcasted a description of the robbery suspect over police radio and officers responded to check the area.
At 7:43 AM an officer observed a man matching the description of the robbery suspect several blocks away from the robbery location. The suspect was stopped and found to be in possession of the stolen tablet computer. He was identified by the victim and arrested for the robbery. The tablet computer was returned to the rightful owner. The officers’ attention to detail and swift response derailed a robbery and returned valued property to a member of our community.
Citizen's Description Leads to Robbery Arrest
On March 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM Oakland Police officers responded to the 1100 block of 59th Street to investigate a reported robbery. A resident, robbed at gunpoint of her scooter in front of her home, was able to give officers a description of the men and the location she saw them fleeing.
Emeryville Police officers in the area responded and worked in conjunction with Oakland Police officers on scene. Officers observed an individual running from the area who matched the description given. When the man was stopped, a replica handgun was found nearby, as well as the motor scooter. He was arrested for the robbery.
The arrest, recovery of the replica handgun and stolen scooter, coordination of both law enforcement agencies, and detailed observation skills of the resident are great examples of effective community policing.
Auto Burglar Arrested Thanks to Alert Citizen
On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:33 AM a citizen contacted the Oakland Police Department regarding an auto burglary in progress. Officers responded to the 6300 block of Market Street, where the citizen directed them to the suspect. The officers located the suspect and arrested him in connection with the auto burglary, recovering the loss.
The Oakland Police Department continues to work with the community to reduce crime in our neighborhoods. We thank community members for their willingness to become involved. Because of this involvement, OPD has been able to make arrests. Together, we are making Oakland safer.
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If you would like to find the officer who is assigned to your neighborhood or business location, first click on the map and enter an Oakland address to learn its Police Areas location.
An interactive version of the Oakland Police Areas map is accessible here.
Then, use the Problem Solving Officer Directory to find the officer who is assigned to your neighborhood or business location. Problem solving officers work with community members to help solve neighborhood issues.
The Problem-Solving Officer Directory lists the commanding sergeant and specific problem-solving officer assigned to every community policing beat and corresponding Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.
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