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A Message from Interim Chief Sean Whent
Thanks to the Community . . .
As 2013 draws to a close, I’d like to express my gratitude to the Oakland community. Your willingness to engage in problem solving, dedication to fellow Oaklanders, and desire to move Oakland forward is unmistakable.
Through our collective efforts we have made significant progress in several areas essential to creating a safer Oakland. Although there is still a great deal of work to be done, I believe it’s important to recognize the strides we have made.
This year the Department increased our focus on community partnerships and trust building, worked diligently toward organizational excellence, and made violent crime reductions our number one priority.
Click here to read the Chief's full 1/2/14 message
To see crime stats for your area, go to the area page (by way of Bureau of Field Operations)
What's New at OPD?
OPD Raises $16,000 for the Special Olympics
The Special Olympics Dash and Splash – held at Aquatic Park, San Francisco on Saturday, February 22, 2014 – was a huge success. Thanks to all those who ran, plunged, and/or gave donations to raise money for the Special Olympic athletes. Our own Team OPD volunteers raised $16,000, more than any other team. Much of the credit for this result can be attributed to Lt. Randy Wingate, who serves on the Northern California Special Olympics Executive Committee and spearheads our OPD efforts. Between his enthusiastic determination and the men and women of OPD who rise to the challenges of every event, OPD continues to make a strong showing to support the Special Olympics athletes.
Special Olympics Northern California offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in Olympic-type sports at no cost to the athlete. Although as few as 10 percent of intellectually disabled Americans are employed, 52% of Special Olympics athletes have jobs. Just $250 gives one of our athletes the opportunity to compete in sports for an entire year. The Special Olympics provides free training and competition opportunities in 11 sports: aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, floor hockey, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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).
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.
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If you would like to find the officer who is assigned to your neighborhood or business location, first click on the map and enter an Oakland address to learn its Police Areas location.
An interactive version of the Oakland Police Areas map is accessible here.
Then, use the Problem Solving Officer Directory to find the officer who is assigned to your neighborhood or business location. Problem solving officers work with community members to help solve neighborhood issues.
The Problem-Solving Officer Directory lists the commanding sergeant and specific problem-solving officer assigned to every community policing beat and corresponding Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.
The Bureau of Field Operations provides day-to-day police services, including response to emergency and non-emergency calls, preliminary investigations and evidence collection, community-oriented problem solving, and crime-fighting efforts.
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