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On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 8:48 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress in the 6200 block of Harmon Avenue. Upon arrival, the officers located the two suspects, a man and a woman. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the suspects were loading the stolen property into a stolen vehicle. The officers arrested both suspects in connection with the burglary, the stolen vehicle, and possession of stolen property.
OPD Arrests Robbery Suspect
On Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue on a report of an armed robbery. The victim told the officers that she had been robbed at gunpoint by three suspects on bicycles. Officers checked the area, located one of the suspects, and arrested him in connection with the armed robbery. Partial loss was recovered. Two suspects are still outstanding. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the officers at (510) 238-3326.
OPD Renders Life-Saving CPR
On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a report of a shooting at the 2300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Officers and crime scene technician Katharine Potter arrived on scene and located the victim, who was lying face down on the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Officer Michael Morse and Technician Potter assessed the victim, who was unresponsive and bleeding from the mouth. Feeling a weak pulse, they rolled him over and immediately began to render first aid/CPR. Morse held the victim’s mouth open, in attempt to gain an airway passage, while Potter began giving chest compressions. The two continued to give CPR until paramedics arrived, set up their equipment and were able to take over. The victim was transported to a local hospital.
Officer Karl Templeman followed the victim to the hospital to get an update on his condition and learned that he was in stable condition after surgery. A nurse advised Officer Templeman that the on-scene CPR rendered by Officer Morse and Tech. Potter most likely saved the victim’s life.
OPD and FBI Serve Search Warrant: 8 Arrests Made
On Monday, March 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM the Oakland Police Department, in a joint operation with the FBI, served a search warrant at a residence in the 2300 block of 90th Avenue. Information about the illegal activity was obtained through intelligence-based policing and the assistance of the community. The warrant was for illegal firearms and narcotics. Eight men were arrested, just over three pounds of marijuana and a cache of ammunition were seized, and a large amount of money was recovered.
OPD continues to identify criminals neighborhood by neighborhood. Our ongoing partnerships with local, state, and federal law enforcement continue as we reduce crime and make our city safer. Building community trust is absolutely essential to our crime-fighting efforts. Intelligence-based policing uses crime data to identify crime trends and patterns, hot-spot policing, and community input.
OPD Homicide Reports 11 Cases Solved and Charged in 2014
On Friday, March 14, 2014 the OPD Homicide Section reported that 11 homicide cases have been charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office so far this year. Seven of those homicides occurred during previous years; four happened in 2014. The ongoing collaborative efforts of Patrol, Special Resources, Special Operations, Crime Analysis, Crime Lab, Ceasefire and other Criminal Investigation Division sections have been instrumental in helping to bring closure to the victims’ families. These units all work in coordination with one another to track, locate and arrest those individuals who are responsible for these heinous crimes in our City.
Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested and Gun Recovered
On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 1300 block of 60th Avenue to investigate the report of an armed robbery that just occurred. Officers were told that the man responsible for the robbery was possibly still in the area.
Officers were given a description of the robbery suspect and the location where he was last seen. An officer responding to the call, having heard the description over the radio, recognized a man matching the description given by the victim. The man, 24, Oakland resident was identified by the victim and arrested in connection with the armed robbery.
A further investigation revealed he was in illegal possession of a loaded firearm and ammunition. The swift response and alert observations of the responding officers led to another arrest and the recovery of a dangerous weapon. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Robbery Investigators at (510) 238-3326.
Three Juveniles Arrested for Armed Robbery
On Monday March 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM Oakland Police officers responded to the area of 16th Street and Peralta Street to investigate a report of an armed robbery. When officers arrived on the scene, they met with the victim, who told them that he had just been robbed and provided descriptions.
Responding officers located and arrested all three juvenile suspects (two 15 year olds and one 14 year old) in connection with the armed robbery. Additionally, the officers recovered the victim’s loss and discovered one of the suspects in possession of ammunition. The firearm used in this crime was not recovered.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Oakland Police Robbery Investigators at (510) 238-3326.
OPD Arrests Two for Illegal Weapons and Narcotics for Sale
On Sunday March 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM the Oakland Police Department Area 4 Patrol Team, led by Sergeant J. Smoak, executed a search warrant at a home located in the 10200 block of MacArthur Boulevard. The warrant was obtained in response to the Patrol Team’s investigation of persons believed to be involved in violent crime.
Two men, both Oakland residents, were arrested in connection with possession of marijuana and narcotics for sale and several weapons-related offenses.
The search resulted in the recovery of:
- Five illegally possessed firearms
- A cache of illegally possessed ammunition
- Marijuana packaged for sale
- Multiple bottles of undocumented prescription medicine
Oakland Police Officers continue to remove dangerous weapons, drugs and individuals associated with drugs and weapons from our streets. Patrol Teams focus on keeping our communities safe through diligent investigations and effective policing. The arrests and recoveries are prime examples of the dedication and commitment of the Oakland Police Department to the people of Oakland.
Two Arrested for Credit Card Fraud
On Saturday March 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM Oakland Police officers were summoned to a motel in the 100 block of E.12th Street to investigate a report of credit card fraud. Officers were told that two separate rooms were rented with the unauthorized use of a credit card.
Officers spoke with two men associated with the room rentals and discovered both were on probation. The officers discovered and confiscated materials used to alter and create fictitious documents and arrested both men, one of whom was from Oakland, in connection with credit card fraud.
The Oakland Police Department works in partnership with the Bay Area Identity Theft Task Force, which is comprised of several local and federal law enforcement agencies. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Fraud Investigators at (510) 238-3779.
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 the Oakland Police Department, in partnership with the Alameda County Probation Department, Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the U.S. Marshals Service performed over 70 compliance checks of persons on probation and parole throughout the City of Oakland. During the compliance checks the participating agencies also sought those who have had their probation and parole revoked.
In all, four firearms were recovered and seven men and one woman were arrested for failing to comply with the terms and conditions set forth in their probation or parole.
The Oakland Police Department is fortunate and grateful to have the partnering agencies available to share resources and assist us in removing dangerous weapons and potentially dangerous persons from our communities.
OPD Search Warrant Results in Arrest - Narcotics and Guns Recovered
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at about 4:45 AM, the Oakland Police Department’s Area 5 Crime Reduction Team (CRT 5) partnered with the Department’s Tactical Operations Team to execute a search warrant at a residence located in the 1900 block of 87th Avenue. The warrant was obtained in response to the Crime Reduction Team’s investigation and information from the community.
Two adult suspects were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and weapons related offenses. One of the adults was arrested for being a felon in possession of an illegally loaded firearm.
The search resulted in the recovery of:
- Three illegally possessed firearms
- Illegally possessed ammunition
Oakland Police officers continue to remove dangerous weapons and drugs from our communities. Crime Reduction Teams focus on making positive impacts through strong investigations and proper policing. The arrests and recoveries are prime example of our continued focus on addressing the possession of dangerous weapons and violent crime. We thank the community for getting involved in helping us as we move forward to reduce crime in our city.
Traffic Stop Results in Narcotics Arrest
On Friday February 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM Oakland Police officers performed a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of the 2700 block of San Pablo Avenue.
During the officers' preliminary investigation it was discovered one of the passengers was in possession of over 70 individually packaged pieces of suspected heroin. The passenger was arrested in connection with narcotics possessed for sale.
Oakland Police Officers make positive progress in our efforts to reduce drug trafficking in our neighborhoods. Our motivation to rid our communities of dangerous drugs continues through professional and successful policing.
Keen Observation by Citizen
On Saturday, February 22, 2014 at about 3:35 AM, a concerned citizen contacted the Oakland Police Department regarding a suspicious person possibly unconscious or asleep in a vehicle in the 2200 block of Telegraph Avenue. When officers arrived on scene they arrested the driver in connection with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Officers additionally recovered a loaded handgun from inside the vehicle.
The Oakland Police Department thanks our community members, who have been reporting potentially dangerous situations. The information you share with us allows our police officers to safely remove dangerous persons and weapons from our streets.
Auto Burglary Suspect Captured Inside Vehicle
On Sunday February 16, 2014, at 9:20 PM, officers responded to 800 block of East 15th Street on a report of an auto burglary in progress. The victim was able to provide a description and location of the suspect, who was still inside the victim’s vehicle when officers arrived on the scene. Officers arrested the suspect in connection with the auto burglary.
OPD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect
On February 17, 2014 at 1:15 AM, officers responded to the 200 block of 28th Street on a report of an armed robbery. When officers arrived on scene, they met with two victims who told them that they had been robbed at gunpoint. The victims described the suspect and the items taken during the robbery. Officers conducted a search of the area and were able to locate the suspect and recover part of the victims' loss. Officers arrested the suspect in connection with the armed robbery and recovered a handgun.
OPD Catches Robbery Suspect Thanks to Community Help
On Monday, February 17, 2014, at 3:30 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 5700 block of College Avenue on a report of a strong arm robbery. When officers arrived on scene, the victim told them that the suspect took her wallet and provided a description. Witnesses were able to recover and return the wallet to the victim. Officers conducted a check of the area and located the male adult suspect, whom they arrested in connection with the strong arm robbery. Community involvement was key to the quick identification of the suspect and resolution of this case.
Two Arrested for Illegally Possessed Weapons
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at approximately 7:30 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 8900 block of D Street on a report of subjects transporting guns from the residence to a rear shed.
The officers conducted a probation search on the residence and recovered two illegally possessed firearms, illegally possessed ammunition, and suspected narcotics. Two adult suspects were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and weapons-related offenses.
We thank our community members for their willingness to become involved. Because of this involvement, OPD was able to make arrests and remove dangerous weapons and drugs from our community. Together, we are making Oakland safer.
OPD Catches Burglar in the Act
On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at about 12:49 p.m., the Oakland Police Department Communications Section received a call from a home owner who told the dispatcher he was alerted that someone was illegally entering his residence located in the 2400 block of 12th Avenue. Area 3 Captain R. Orozco and Officer D. Ly arrived on scene and arrested the suspect in connection with home burglary.
Crime Reduction Team Serves Search Warrant, Makes Arrest
On Friday, January 24, 2014 at about 6:55 p.m., the Oakland Police Department Area 5 Crime Reduction Team (CRT 5), led by Sergeant Joe McGuinn, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of 80th Avenue. The warrant was obtained in response to information provided by concerned community members and CRT 5’s investigation. Three adult suspects were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and weapons-related offenses. One of the adults was arrested for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm. The search resulted in the recovery of two illegally possessed firearms, illegally possessed ammunition, and marijuana packaged for sale. CRTs focus on making positive impacts, addressing violent crime through strong investigations and proper policing. Arrests and recovery of dangerous weapons and drugs are a result of the partnership between the community and the police. Together, we are making a difference in Oakland.
OPD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect
On January 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM, Oakland officers responded to the 3700 block of Telegraph Avenue on a report of an armed robbery from a business. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim assisted them by directing them to a nearby location where the supect had fled. Officers were able to locate the suspect, the knife used during the robbery, and the loss, which was returned to the store. Officers arrested a male adult in connection with the armed robbery. Thanks to the victim’s assistance, a robbery suspect has been removed from our community.
Corrected - Carjacking and Robbery Suspects Arrested Thanks to Community Help
On Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the area of Boston Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard on a report of a robbery. Prior to arrival, they were flagged down by a concerned citizen who reported that he believed a suspicious vehicle was casing the area. The officers conducted a security check of the area and located the vehicle, which had been reported stolen in a carjacking earlier that day. Three male juveniles were detained at the scene in connection with the stolen vehicle.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that the vehicle and the juveniles were involved in the robbery that the officers had been originally dispatched to investigate. The three were arrested in connection with the carjacking and robbery. Items belonging to one of the juvenile suspects were located inside the stolen vehicle. The victim’s loss was not recovered.
OPD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect
On Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:20 AM, Oakland officers responded to the 3700 block of Telegraph Avenue on a report of an armed robbery from a business. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim assisted them by directing them to a nearby location where the supect had fled. Officers were able to locate the suspect, the knife used during the robbery, and the loss, which was returned to the store. Officers arrested a male adult in connection with the armed robbery. Thanks to the victim’s assistance, a robbery suspect has been removed from our community.
Auto Burglary Suspect Arrested Thanks to Community Help
On Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM, Oakland Police patrol officers were dispatched to Lake Park Avenue and Grand Avenue to investigate a burglary. A witness provided a description of the suspect and described seeing the suspect break into a car and remove objects from the vehicle. The adult male suspect was arrested in connection with the auto burglary and the stolen items were returned to the car owner.
We thank our community for their continued support and assistance in helping us reduce crime.
Parole/Probation Compliance Check Nets Illegal Weapons, Eight Arrests
Coffee with Commanders
On Thursday, February 13, Area 1 leaders attended a Coffee with Commanders meeting hosted by Beth Eden Baptist Church, located at 1183 - 10th St. and pastored by Reverend Gillette O. James.
A police line up was also held at Beth Eden. The fellowship between the police and community is much appreciated.
|Lt. Carlos Gonzalez with Beth Eden ministers, ready to serve||Lt. Mike Weisenberg with the troops at line up.|
Tres Reyes Toy Giveaway
January 31, 2014 - Yesterday children from Oakland’s Fruitvale District delivered toy guns to Chief Whent. The visit was part of a program led by Community Organizer Luis Ortega of Councilmember Noel Gallo’s office. The program is called the Three Wise Men Toy Giveaway. The premise behind the program is to grant children educational toys in exchange for toys which are deemed to promote violence.
The program is further used to promote education, awareness and the importance of public safety. This program is one of the many examples of members of our community becoming engaged in working in partnership with their police department. The children were given a tour of the Chief’s office and the different sections of the Police Administration Building.
(Pictured: The Chief's conference table groans under the weight of guns turned in. Standing with the children are Officer Bonifacio, Luis Ortega, Chief Whent, Captain Orozco, and PIO Watson.)
Oakland Police Department Promotion Ceremony
Friday, January 17, 2014, one of the largest promotion ceremonies ever held by the Oakland Police Department took place today at City Hall. Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent was joined by Mayor Jean Quan, Compliance Director Thomas Frazier, City Attorney Barbara Parker, Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell, Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw, Deputy Chief Eric Breshears, Captain Ricardo Orozco, Deputy Director Gilbert Garcia, Oakland Police Officers’ Association President Sergeant Barry Donelan, and other dignitaries and representatives from the City of Oakland. Chief Whent spoke intently to the newly promoted group about leadership and their critical role in continuing the positive strides the Department has recently made.
To see a promotion ceremony programme, click the illustration to the right.
Chief’s Academy Visit
On Monday December 30, 2013 Chief Whent and his Executive Team welcomed the 169th Basic Academy Class to the Oakland Police Department. The Executive Team thanked the new police trainees for their interest in serving the City of Oakland and explained the Department’s priorities. The Chiefs encouraged the class to focus on learning their role as community servants and explained the importance of organizational excellence.
The 169th Academy Class is made up of a diverse group of individuals with a vast array of life experience including a former paramedic, emergency medical technician, life guard, helicopter medic, military police officer, social worker, and a photo-journalist. Many of the class members have college degrees from various universities including UC Davis, California State East Bay, Boston University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Arizona. The class will complete 6 months of Academy training in topics such as community relations, law, report writing, and tactics. They are scheduled to graduate on July 3, 2014.
Celebrating Outstanding Service: OPD's Year-End Awards Ceremony
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the Oakland Police Department held a year-end awards ceremony to acknowledge the outstanding work of the men and woman in the Department.
In addition to honoring police officers and civilian employees, Interim Chief Sean Whent presented Oakland citizen Dan Gale with a Chief’s Certificate of Commendation in recognition of his distinguished service. Mr. Gale was the AC Transit passenger who went to the aid of Luke “Sasha” Fleischman when he was intentionally set on fire while sleeping on the bus.
As well as Chief Whent and his executive team and a room full of OPD peers, Mayor Jean Quan, City Administrator Deanna Santana, OPD General Counsel Rocio Fierro, and members of the clergy, family and friends were all there to honor the individuals and teams for their hard work, dedication, courage and distinguished service to the City and the citizens of Oakland.
The ceremony was MC'd by Interim Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw. Ms. Angel Coogler sang the national anthem a capella. Police Chaplin Rev. Ruffus Watkins gave the invocation and benediction.
MEDAL OF MERIT (meritorious service):
- Officer James Gordon
- Offiers Jonathan Douglass, Bobby Ko, Torrey Nash (shown left to right in photo with Chief Whent)
UNIT CITATION (meritorious and exemplary performance while assigned to an organizational unit):
- CRT 5: Sergeant James Beere, Officers Eric Barangan, Christopher Cardona, Ronald Johnson,Enrique Lara, Ernesto Leyva, Jr., Rich Niven, and Amie Rutten
- Tactical Sniper Element: Sergeant Phil Green, Officers Erik Arriaza, Bruce Christensen, Victor Garcia, Todd Martin, John Perrodin, Luke Sincerny, Jeffrey Smoak, Anthony Tedesco, Martin Ziebarth, and Yun Zhou
- Patrol 1st Watch, Team 3B: Sergeant Angelica Mendoza, Officers Anthony Banks, Jr., Gloria Beltran, Stephen Choi, Jay Factora, Darrell Sariano, and Luke Sincerney
CHIEF'S LEADERSHIP AWARD - Sergeant Angelica Mendoza
CHIEF'S CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION (outstanding service):
- Captain Darren Allison
- Sergeant Jack Doolittle
- CRT 2: Sergeant Curtis Worcester, Officers George Buford, Michael Jaeger, Eric Kim, Pheareak Phan, Raymond Ward, and Yun Zhou
- Officers Gunther Lee, Dana Ly
- Mr. Dan Gale
BUREAU PROFESSIONALS OF THE YEAR
- Bureau of Risk Management – Police Records Supervisor Veronica Johnson
- Bureau of Field Operations – Police Records Specialist Aki James
- Bureau of Services – Administrative Analyst II Andrea Van Peteghem
- Support Operations Division – Police Services Technician Eddie Simlin
CHALLENGER AWARD – Police Services Technician Eddie Simlin
TEAM SUPPORT AWARD – Police Property Specialist Mark Halal
SPIRIT AWARD – Police Records Sepcialist Lourdes Guevarra
NIGHT OWL AWARD – Police Communications Dispatcher Mulualem Abate
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – Police Communications Dispatcher Kent McNab
Chief Whent thanked everyone, noting that “People enter law enforcement with the noblest of intentions: to help people, to make our city safer, to serve the public. Not for recognition. We can fall into a trap of accepting service and not acknowledging it. Today we correct that.”
Mayor Quan announced that Thursday, December 5, 2013 was officially Dan Gale Day in the City of Oakland and spoke of how the Department’s partnerships with the community are producing a change in tone and relationship. City Administrator Santana said that she appreciated the way ceremonies such as this one allow her to hear true stories of community and constitutional policing at its best.
In closing, the Chief spoke of how the hard work, passion, and dedication of his troops inspire him daily, saying, “I am honored to serve as your chief.”
Scenes from the Turkey Giveaway
|Chief Whent and his senior staff are on hand to greet everyone.|
|A sea of people at the Turkey Giveaway||Area 3 Commander Rick Orozco shares a laugh|
Robber Captured Same Day
On November 19, 2013 at approximately 9:25 AM, Oakland Police responded to a robbery/assault call in the 2800 block of School Street in East Oakland. Officers Michel Khem and Luis Espinoza received information from officers at the crime scene about the suspect's vehicle.
The same day, Officers Khem and Espinoza located the suspect vehicle in West Oakland and arrested a 28-year-old male, an Oakland resident, in connection with the robbery and assault.
A robbery call was made and the suspect later admitted to being involved with the robbery. Thanks to these young officers for their hard work and dedication. A job well done.
Pictures Worth a Thousand Words – Officer Bryant Ocampo Provides Compelling Evidence to the DA’s Office
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, Alameda County District Attorney Norbert Chu sent a note to Lieutenant Kevin Wiley expressing his appreciation for Officer Bryant Ocampo, who went “above and beyond” in the recent case in which Luke “Sasha” Fleischman, 18, was set on fire as he slept on an AC Transit bus.
Officer Ocampo accompanied the victim to the hospital, where he had the foresight to take photos of the victim’s injuries in the absence of a crime scene technician. When DA Chu asked about the victim’s condition, Officer Ocampo mentioned that he had taken photos. Within the hour, he had a CD on DA Chu’s desk. “That’s the sort of initiative that as a DA I appreciate,” said DA Chu. “It is clear Bryant understands that this is necessary and important evidence that I need to evaluate the case.”
“Once OPD Always OPD”
On October 16, 2013, retired Oakland Police Officer Arthur Cravanas, 87, stepped back in time when he returned to the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and walked into the Office of the Chief of Police. He was flanked by his four daughters, returning with him to his roots at OPD for a walk down Memory Lane.
Arthur Cravanas began his career in 1952 as the fourth African-American to pass the civil service exam for the City of Oakland Police Department. After serving as a Patrol Officer for 3½ years, he transferred to the Juvenile Division (Youth Services Division), where he worked for 14 years. During this time, he spearheaded a self-defense program for women through the Oakland Adult Education Program, worked with at-risk children and families (providing first-time experiences, like airplane and helicopter rides, for the children), and helped OPD sponsor a youth baseball team. According to Art, “Chief Gain gave the officers in Juvenile a lot of liberties in what they wanted to do.”
From 1969 until his retirement in 1979, Art served in the Community Services Division as one of three Community Relations Officers (now known as Public Information Officers). Art encouraged strong interaction between OPD, churches, businesses, individuals and the community at large. In the 1960s, he provided Public Safety classes throughout the Oakland Unified School District to students and community advocates. He also had a weekly community service television program, interviewing celebrities such as B.B. King and Freda Payne. During the latter part of the sixties he had an office on 85th Avenue and East 14th Street as part of OPD’s Community Outreach Program. At the same time, he taught Criminal Justice courses at Merritt College.
The Cravanas daughters all expressed their heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the warm reception they received from OPD. Daughter Carla said, “The impact our father had in the Oakland community can only be measured by the many, many times people would hear our name and say ‘Are you Art Cravanas’s daughter?’”
(story & pictures, Michele Silvia)
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Celebrating Outstanding Service
At a ceremony held Friday, October 11, 2013, the Oakland Police Department paused to honor 27 Oakland police officers and civilian employees, recognizing individuals and teams for their hard work, dedication, courage and distinguished service to the City and the citizens of Oakland.
- Blue Star Medals (injured in the line of duty) were awarded to Officers Eric Karsseboom and D’Vour Thurston
- Silver Star Medals (courageous action) were awarded to Officers Rochard Holton and D’Vour Thurston
- Medals of Merit (meritorious service) were awarded to Officer Steve Valle, Sergeant Bobby Hookfin, and Sergeant Holly Joshi
- A Community Service Award (outstanding service within the framework of community policing) was awarded to Lieutenant Randell Wingate
- Unit Citations (meritorious and exemplary performance while assigned to an organizational unit) were awarded to the Violent Crime Unit (Sergeant Holly Joshi, Lieutenant Trevelyon Jones, Sergeant Frederick Shavies, and Officers Jose Barocio, Daniel Bruce, Roberto Garcia, Kathryn Jones, Billy Matthews, Joel Ruiz, Jeffrey Smoak, and Anthony Tedesco) and the Area 4 Crime Reduction Team (Sergeant Darrin Downum and Officers Jesse Lawless, Mega Lee, Timothy Martin, Billy Matthews, James Pulsipher, Joel Ruiz, and Martin Ziebarth).
- The Chief’s Certificate of Commendation (outstanding service) was awarded to Sergeants Angelica Mendoza, James Rullamas, and Jeffrey Van Sloten
- Finally, Police Records Specialist Garret Conklin's wife, Shirley, accepted a Posthumous Award given for the instrumental work Garret did while serving in the PAS Unit (Personnel Assessment System).
Blue Star Medals
Blue Star Medal Presented to Officer Eric Karsseboom
On January 21, 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division needed assistance locating several people were wanted for attempted murder. Intel indicated that a vehicle possibly used in the attempted murder was parked in the rear of an apartment building on the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue. Despite the fact that he had just finished his regular assignment, Officer Eric Karsseboom, a member of the Gang Intelligence Task Force, offered to help out.
Upon his arrival at the apartment complex, Officer Karsseboom located the vehicle in the parking lot area at the rear of the apartment building. As he was leaving, the gate locked. At this point, he was confronted by three armed subjects, all armed with handguns, who began an unprovoked and vicious assault on him.
During the assault, Officer Karsseboom was shot in the arm and pistol whipped. In spite of his wounds, he was able to fight back and disarm the subject who shot him. The subjects fled, but Officer Karsseboom maintained his presence of mind and was able to provide vital information about all three subjects and the direction of their flight.
A perimeter was established, and the three were taken into custody and charged for their part in the attack.
Blue Star Medal Presented to Officer D'Vour Thurston
On January 25, 2013, Officer D’Vour Thurston was working an overtime assignment in Patrol. While responding to the scene of a hit-and-run collision, he heard three gunshots in close proximity. As he began canvassing the area, Officer Thurston observed a man running southbound on 48th Avenue onto E. 12th Street. Uncertain whether the man was a victim or a suspect, Officer Thurston decided to follow him to investigate further.
When the man ducked behind a parked car, Officer Thurston temporarily lost sight of him. As Officer Thurston opened his side door to investigate, the man began shooting at him, striking him on his left thigh, before fleeing the scene. Without hesitation or thought of his injury, Officer Thurston chased after the man and warned another officer that the man was armed. The gunman was subsequently apprehended.
Despite being wounded, Officer Thurston placed himself in harm’s way to take immediate and heroic action, demonstrating the ability to make mature, responsible decisions in a dangerous situation.
Lives were saved that night due his bravery and quick thinking.
Silver Star Medals
The Silver Star medal was presented to Officers D’Vour Thurston and Rochard Holton for their courageous action during the January 25, 2013 shooting (described in detail above).
Officer D'Vour Thurston
On January 25, 2013, Officer D’Vour Thurston was working an overtime assignment in Patrol. While responding to the scene of a hit-and-run collision, he heard three gunshots in close proximity. As he began canvassing the area, Officer Thurston observed a man running southbound on 48th Avenue onto E. 12th Street. Uncertain whether the man was a victim or a suspect, Officer Thurston decided to follow him to investigate further. The man then ambushed and shot Officer Thurston. Without hesitation or thought of his injury, Officer Thurston chased after the man and warned another officer that the man was armed. Despite being wounded, Officer Thurston placed himself in harm’s way to take immediate and heroic action, demonstrating the ability to make mature, responsible decisions in a dangerous situation.
Officer Rochard Holton
On January 25, 2013, Officer Rochard Holton distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the Oakland Police Department as a member of the Patrol Division in Area Four. On January 25, 2013, while responding to the scene of a hit-and-run collision with Officer D’Vour Thurston, he heard three gunshots in close proximity.
As he was canvassing the area, Officer Holton observed a man running southbound on 48th Avenue onto E. 12th Street. Uncertain whether the man was a victim or a suspect, Officer Holton decided to follow him to investigate further.
|Chief Whent and Officer Holton|
The man then ambushed and shot Officer Thurston and ran with a firearm in his hand. Officer Holton engaged in a foot pursuit with the armed suspect and was able to take him into custody with the help of other officers. Officer Holton demonstrated the ability to make mature, responsible decisions amidst danger.
Medals of Merit
Officer Steve Valle, Sergeant Holly Joshi, and Sergeant Bobby Hookfin received Medals of Merit for meritous service.
Officer Steve Valle
Officer Steve Valle distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the Oakland Police Department as a member of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). While in CID, he was the case agent on several high profile investigations of extremely violent gang members. Officer Valle specifically targeted those responsible for violence and was successful in dismantling several prolific gangs.
On January 21, 2013, Officer Valle responded to a scene where an undercover officer had been beaten and shot. He was able to build rapport with numerous citizens to ascertain the suspects’ whereabouts, developing information rapidly to allow first responders to confirm suspects’ identifications and make arrests.
Officer Valle worked tirelessly for the next 48 hours to track and locate additional suspects and witnesses, key evidence and firearms. Although this crime occurred in Oakland, the long arm of law enforcement reached out to the Atlanta International Airport to take the remaining suspect into custody. This was due to Officer Valle’s sound communication skills and relentless pursuit of justice.
Sergeant Holly Joshi
Sergeant Holly Joshi distinguished herself in the performance of outstanding service to the Oakland Police Department as a supervisor of the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit. This commendation specifically recognizes Sgt. Joshi for her tireless effort to develop a training program and train all ranks on the impact of human tracking and its correlation with violent crime.Sgt. Joshi also successfully wrote a grant proposal that brought additional funding to the Oakland Police Department to help strengthen the City of Oakland’s fight against human trafficking.
Sgt. Joshi is a nationally known expert on the subject of human trafficking, having worked on very complex cases that required partnerships with local and federal agencies. Her work with the FBI led to the creation of the first FBI/OPD full time Human Tracking Trafficking Task Force, which increased the Department’s ability to investigate more complex cases that cross state lines.
Sergeant Bobby Hookfin
Sergeant Bobby Hookfin distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the Oakland Police Department as a member of the Tactical Negotiation Team. Sgt. Hookfin has been the primary negotiator for many of the Department’s high risk crowd control protests and events. In 2009, Sgt. Hookfin was the lead negotiator with the Grant family during the Johannes Mehserle protests. Due to Sgt. Hookfin’s influence, the Grant family called for peace and calm. The Department prepared for citywide riots, but only a one-day protest occurred in the downtown area. In 2012, Sgt. Hookfin was the lead negotiator with the Blueford family, successfully persuading over 200 protesters to leave a City Council meeting peacefully.
That same year he negotiated with different anti-police group leaders to conduct their protests in the downtown area peacefully. Sgt. Hookfin is considered an expert in the field of negotiations with protest groups and was a speaker on negotiating with protest groups at the 2012 California Hostage Negotiators Conference. In 2013, Chief Jordan selected Sgt. Hookfin to lead an effort in bringing together citizens, faith-based organizations, and community activists so they could have a direct line of communication with the Department
Community Service Award
|Chief Sean Whent and Lieutenant Randy Wingate|
Community Service Award Presented to Lieutenant Randell Wingate
Among those honored was Lieutenant Randell Wingate, Area 4 Special Resource Commander, who was presented with the Community Service Award.
During a recent outbreak of extreme violence, Lt. Wingate discovered that local gang members had targeted a young man (“Elton” – not his real name) because he refused to participate in their criminal activities. Lt. Wingate offered ways to help.
About a week later, Lt. Wingate received a desperate phone call at 3:00 in the morning. Elton was on the line. Lt. Wingate reassured him and told him that he would give him the opportunity to change his life.
And he did just that. As a first step, Lt. Wingate tried to connect Elton with various social services. Discovering that the process was slow, and realizing that the young man needed immediate assistance, Lt. Wingate took the necessary steps to get Elton into a junior college. He personally relocated Elton, paid for his expenses, supported his academics by proofreading his papers, and provided other guidance.
Elton is now a sophomore with a 3.33 GPA.
Touring the OPD Communications Division
On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, the community group EBAYC (East Bay Asian Youth Center) was taken on a tour of the OPD Communications Division as a part of an effort to strengthen our relationship with the Latino and Asian Community. The group is very proactive and involved in our crime reduction efforts. Police Communication Dispatcher Antoinette Garcia was their guide and did a fantastic job answering questions and providing information. My hope is to educate the group on how to report crimes, about some of the challenges with the 911 system, how to better use the non-emergency number, and how to be our voice in the community.
- Captain Ricardo Orozco, Area 3 Commander
EBAYC with Dispatcher Antoinette Garcia and Captain Ricardo Orozco (next to the flag)
Oakland Police Foundation
The Oakland Police Foundation was established to create financial and community support for OPD in its efforts to meet the needs and services of the community by achieving law enforcement excellence and gaining citizen understanding and support.
The Foundation’s main focus is to raise awareness and support for the important unbudgeted or “discretionary” needs of the Department that will improve crime prevention and law enforcement efficiencies. Your donations are tax deductible and will be used to:
- Improve officer safety
- Combat family & youth violence
- Support innovative technology and research
- Provide employee development and training for all members of the Oakland Police Department.
For more information, go to the Oakland Police Foundation homepage.
The Memorial Wall honors all Oakland police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1867. Each officer's name and end-of-watch date are engraved on the black marble wall in the foyer of the Police Administration Building on Broadway and 7th Street. Learn more about each officer.