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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).
OPD and CHP Sideshow / Street Racing PSA Video Recognized by State Government Website - On Friday, July 25, 2014, the Oakland Police Department learned that a public safety address (PSA) created by OPD Public Information Officer Johnna Watson and California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Wilkenfeld had been placed on the State of California website (ca.gov). The selection of the PSA for posting on a statewide forum indicates that information regarding sideshows and street racing is pertinent to a vast audience. On the video, Officers Watson and Wilkenfeld speak plainly about the negatives associated with sideshow activity and street racing: endangering participants, bystanders and other motorists; attracting other criminal activities; and, for those who are caught participating in sideshows, losing your car (it will be towed) and going to jail. The video can be seen on the ca.gov website (“Latest Videos”) or pulled up directly on youtube.
“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).
OPD Honored at the TransVision Trans Pride Gala – On Friday, August 29, 2014, the Oakland Pride Weekend was officially started off in high style with the TransVision Trans Pride Gala at City Hall, sponsored by Mayor Quan and Council Members Kaplan and McElhaney. Among community partners being honored at the event, the Oakland Police Department received the Trans Community Partner Award for Improved Community Relations, Outreach, and Partnership. Mistress of Ceremonies and TransVision Program Manager Tiffany Woods presented the award to Police Chief Sean Whent, who accepted the award on behalf of the Department. TransVision, a program of Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, is an award-winning resource for transgender, transsexual women in Alameda County.
OPD-SFPD Teamwork Brings Two Violent Robbers into Custody – On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at about 12:10 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a report of a robbery in the area of 17th and Alice Streets. Upon arrival, the officers located an Oakland resident who reported that he had just been robbed and pistol whipped by three suspects. The victim was able to give the responding officers a detailed description of the suspects and their vehicle. Officers tracked the suspects to San Francisco and teamed with the San Francisco Police Department to locate the vehicle and arrest two suspects. The victim’s loss was recovered.
Armed Robber Arrested – On Sunday, February 15 at about 9:14 p.m., Oakland Police officers on patrol in the 1200 block of Excelsior Avenue observed a vehicle that was wanted in connection with an armed robbery that had occurred the day before in the 3500 block of E. 16th Street. The officers attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop but the driver fled from the vehicle into a nearby yard. After a short foot pursuit, the officers were able to take him into custody. The officers recovered an illegal firearm and stolen items from the car.
OPD Arrests Carjacking Suspect – On Wednesday, February 11 at 6:26 p.m., Oakland Police officers on patrol in the 6600 block of International Boulevard observed a vehicle driving erratically and began to follow it. When the officers discovered that the vehicle had been carjacked the day before, they conducted a traffic enforcement stop. The officers arrested the driver, 16, who was already on probation for carjacking. He was taken to Juvenile Hall and the car was released to the owner.
Carjacking Prevented - On February 2 at about 7:50 p.m., Oakland Police officers observed a vehicle driving slowly in a residential area with the lights turned off. It appeared the vehicle was about to come to a stop behind a woman who had just parked and exited her vehicle. The officers ran a file check on the vehicle and learned that it was reported stolen. The two suspects in the vehicle saw the police and immediately fled the area. Both suspects were detained after a short vehicle and foot pursuit. One illegally possessed firearm was located inside the suspect vehicle.
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