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Monitor's 18th Quarterly Report Documents Increased Compliance Levels
We are thankful for the assistance and recommendations made by the Federal Monitor in the latest Quarterly Report regarding the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA). The Oakland Police Department remains committed to making the necessary adjustments to bring the remaining tasks into full compliance. The 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 18th Quarterly Report of the Independent Monitor for the Oakland Police Department, released July 29, 2014
What's New at OPD?
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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 Officers Arrest Three, Recover Carjacked Vehicle – On Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 4600 block of Davenport Avenue to investigate an armed carjacking. The victim was able to provide a description of her vehicle and the suspects, and the information was dispatched to all units. At about 11:45 AM, officers on patrol in the 9700 block of Walnut Street observed the victim’s vehicle parked on the street. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and were able to safely take into custody three males who were responsible for the carjacking. The three, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds, had fled into nearby yards. The victim recovered her car, purse and some of the other items stolen from her.
OPD Officers Make Arrest and Recover Stolen Vehicle – On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at about 4:20 p.m., Oakland Police officers on patrol observed a car matching the description of a vehicle that had been taken during a carjacking that occurred a week earlier. The officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop in the 3000 block of Nicol Avenue and arrested the 16-year-old male driver.
Alert Neighbors Direct OPD to Burglary in Progress – On Monday, October 13, 2014 at about 6:52 a.m., Oakland Police officers responded to the 1200 block of 78th Avenue to investigate a report of a residential burglary in progress. Witnesses directed the officers to the location where they last saw the suspects. Officers quickly set a perimeter around the residence and were able to establish communication with the suspects, who were still inside. The three suspects surrendered and were safely taken into custody for burglary. Thanks to attentive neighbors who noticed the suspicious activity and called the police. When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer.
Oakland Officers Render Lifesaving CPR – On Wednesday, October 1, at 5:15 p.m., Oakland Police officers responded to a report of an unconscious, unresponsive man in an apartment in the 1200 block of Campbell Street. Minutes later, Officers John Shackford and Nigel Lawson arrived on scene and located the man in the bathroom; he was not breathing and his pulse was slight. Immediately, Officer Shackford advised OPD Communications of the situation and he and Officer Lawson began to render first aid/CPR. 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. The CPR provided by Officers Shackford and Lawson until the arrival of advanced medical support played a key role in saving this man’s life.
The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you: If You See Crime, Report Crime.
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