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Monitor's 19th Quarterly Report: Compliance Levels at New High
We remain committed to our work with the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) and the Federal Monitor. We are focused on gaining compliance with the remaining tasks and sustaining the progress we’ve made thus far. It is our intent to institutionalize organizational excellence and we believe that progressive, constitutional policing; strong community relationships; and crime reduction must co-exist and are dependent on one another. Our recent progress demonstrates the dedication of City leaders and the men and women of the Oakland Police Department to move this City forward.
Click here to read the 19th Quarterly Report of the Independent Monitor for the Oakland Police Department, released October 30, 2014
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.
Alert Neighbors Direct OPD to Burglary Suspects – On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a call of a home burglary in progress in the area of 300 Gramercy Place. When they arrived, they learned that two suspects had forced entry into a residence, stolen jewelry and electronics, and fled the scene through neighboring yards. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the burglars. The officers performed a search of the area, located the suspects, and arrested them for the burglary. Several of the stolen items were found and returned to the homeowners. Investigators are looking into whether or not these suspects are responsible for similar crimes in the area. Thanks to the attentive neighbors and witnesses who reported suspicious activity to the police. An engaged community is a safer community.
OPD Arrests Three Burglary Suspects – On Thursday, November 20, 2014 at about 11:38 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a call of a residential burglary in progress in the 8000 block of Greenly Drive. A witness contacted OPD with a description of suspicious people who were knocking on a neighbor’s door and appeared to be casing the residence. Officers arrived on scene, located three suspects and determined that the suspects were burglarizing the house. All three suspects were arrested for burglary. Thanks to an alert witness, who recognized suspicious activity and contacted the police with a detailed description of the suspects and their vehicle, we were able to make an arrest.
Three Arrested for Two Armed Robberies – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of High Street to investigate a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Witnesses directed officers to the suspects. The officers stopped and arrested the suspects for armed robbery. A firearm and the victim’s stolen laptop were discovered in the immediate area. Officers were able to link the suspects to an additional robbery which occurred that same evening in the area of MacArthur Boulevard and Pierson Street. The suspects were arrested for both robberies.
The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you: If You See Crime, Report Crime.
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