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A Message from Chief Sean Whent
To the Oakland Community:
Thank You for Your Continued Dedication to Oakland
To the Oakland Community,
As 2015 begins, I’d like to thank you for your continued dedication to Oakland. As residents and business owners, you are clearly committed to this amazing City and you absolutely deserve to live and work in safe and thriving neighborhoods.
Together we are moving Oakland forward and our collective efforts have resulted in notable crime reductions, increased community and police collaboration, and continued progress with our reform efforts.
We ended 2014 with an 11% reduction in murders, a 13% reduction in shootings, a 31% reduction in robberies, and a 28% reduction in residential burglaries. I am encouraged by the recent reduction in crime but recognize that present levels of violent crime are still too high. The data-driven and intelligence-based strategies we have employed have proved impactful and we intend to strengthen and refine these efforts as the Police Department grows. Reducing violent crime remains our number one priority.
What's New at OPD?
Want to read more about the work we're doing and the things we celebrate? Check out our Police Community News page or go to our Facebook site. To access OPD's official Facebook page, authorized by the Oakland Police Department, log onto to Facebook.com and "friend" Oakland Police Department, Oakland CA - or click on the Facebook link to the left (under Connect).
Congratulations to 36th Citizens Police Academy Class Graduates – On Monday, April 27, 2015, the 36th Citizens Police Academy (CPA) graduated after spending nine weeks together learning about the Oakland Police Department firsthand. The course provided a window into the complexities of policing and a chance to build relationships of trust with OPD. After a welcome by CPA coordinator Ana Martinez, three members of the graduating class – Jenny Chea-Vaing, Akiba Bradford, and Earl Jacobs – spoke. Ms. Martinez formally introduced the class and Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa awarded class members their graduate certificates. The CPA is a vital part of OPD’s efforts to strengthen community relations. During the course, students have conversations with command staff, police officers, dispatchers, and field technicians. The Academy is a great opportunity for community members to learn about policing in Oakland from the perspective of an Oakland Police officer. (See more on our facebook page.)
Oakland Police Department Featured in Popular Mechanics – The April 2015 issue of Popular Mechanics contains a photo essay, “Police in the Panoptic Age,” about the technological revolution brought about by the use of body-worn cameras in policing. The spread includes black and white photos of uniformed OPD officers with their body cameras and an interview with Chief Sean Whent. Chief Whent provides background information about OPD’s experience with body cameras since we began deploying them in the field in 2010 and points out the valuable impact the cameras have had on our efforts to build community trust. (Access the interview and photos here.)
“What Does It Take to Be a Cop in Oakland?” – A Great Story on Local Public Radio - KALW radio reporter Kyung Jin Lee interviewed new and veteran officers on what it takes to be a cop in Oakland. The story is very positive about the Oakland Police Department. The 9-minute audio interview can be heard on KALW 91.7 FM. (It is recommended that you use Google Chrome or Firefox rather than Explorer to pull up the link).
Strong Arm Robbery Suspect Arrested – On Thursday, May 14 at about 7:40 a.m., a woman in the 3400 block of Calandria Avenue was robbed. The suspect took her purse and fled. The victim and witnesses provided a description of the suspect and the vehicle in which he fled. The next day at 1:00 p.m., Oakland Police officers patrolling the area observed the suspect and suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop. After a short vehicle pursuit, officers were able to take the robbery suspect into custody and recover some loss. Investigators believe the suspect may be connected to other related crimes. Thanks to those who provided detailed information, officers were able to locate and arrest a robbery suspect.
OPD, CHP, and The Antioch Police Department Work Together to Capture Bank Robbery Suspect – On Saturday, May 16 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Oakland Police officers and the OPD tactical team responded to the 10500 block of Topanga Drive to assist the California Highway Patrol and Antioch Police Department in capturing a wanted bank robbery suspect. After robbing a bank in Antioch, the suspect led police on a chase that ended in Oakland, where he was seen fleeing into a residence. Once inside, he held a victim hostage: eventually, she was able to escape unharmed and he was arrested. Thanks to this coordinated effort undertaken by three local law enforcement agencies working together, a bank robber has been safely taken into custody.
ShotSpotter Indicates Gun Fired; Suspect with Loaded Firearm Arrested - On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at about 8:00 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 7600 block of Arthur Street to investigate a shooting that had just been reported to OPD Communications and had also been picked up by ShotSpotter. While the officers checked the area for victims or persons involved in the shooting, they observed a man standing next to an open car. As the officers spoke to him, they noticed what appeared to be a weapon concealed in his clothing. The man was detained and a loaded firearm was recovered. He was arrested for carrying a concealed and loaded firearm in public. At the time of his arrest there was no indication that anyone had been struck when shots were fired.
Man Arrested in Connection with Strong Arm Robbery and Carjacking – On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at approximately 6:30 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of Congress Avenue to investigate a strong arm robbery. Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, who reported that two males had taken her purse and cell phone from her as she sat in her car. The description she provided was similar to suspects who were wanted for a carjacking that had occurred late Monday night. During the investigation, officers located the carjacked vehicle and a suspect in the 7200 block of Lacey Street. The suspect was positively identified by both the carjacking victim and the strong arm robbery victim. Personal items belonging to the robbery victim were found in the carjacked vehicle. Additional officers responded to the area and recovered two other autos that were reported stolen from car dealerships in a nearby city.
Arrest Made in Purse Robbery of 81-Year-Old Woman Who Was Dragged by Car: DA Files Charges - On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged 19-year-old Tashawn Rucker of Oakland with second-degree robbery with an enhancement clause because his victim was older than 70.
The Oakland Police Department arrested Rucker on April 22, 2015 in connection with the strong arm robbery of an 81-year-old victim who was also dragged by car as Rucker and another suspect fled the scene.
This investigation is ongoing; anyone with information is encouraged to contact the OPD Criminal Investigation Division Robbery Section at (510) 238-3326.
Background: On Saturday, April 4, 2015 at about 7:00 PM, the victim was getting out of a car when Rucker grabbed her purse and ran to a getaway car. The victim attempted to get her purse back and was dragged by the suspect’s vehicle before falling to the ground. The suspects escaped with her purse.
The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you: If You See Crime, Report Crime.
If you’re in Oakland, pre-program your cell phone to the Emergency number (777-3211) so that your emergency call will not be routed through the Highway Patrol. Instead, it will go directly to Dispatch.
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Homicide and Robbery Tip Line: 510-238-7950