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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.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested – On Saturday, September 27, 2014 at about 4:20 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to an altercation at 66th Avenue and San Leandro Street. Upon arrival, the officers learned that one of the persons involved was wanted as a suspect in an armed carjacked that had occurred the day before. Officers arrested the carjacking suspect and additionally recovered the stolen vehicle.
Two Arrested for Firearm and Stolen Credit Cards – On Saturday, September 27, 2014 at about 1:33 PM, while patrolling in the 2400 block of 90th Avenue, Oakland Police officers observed a speeding vehicle. The officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop. The driver quickly exited the vehicle and discarded a firearm. Officers were able to arrest him and recovered the loaded firearm. The passenger ran into nearby yards. A perimeter was established. A search was conducted and officers were able to locate the passenger. The passenger was in possession of multiple stolen credit cards. Both suspects were arrested and OPD was able to remove a dangerous weapon from our streets.,
Officers Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect – On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 8:27 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to 103rd Avenue and International Boulevard to investigate an armed robbery. The victim told the officers that he had been robbed at gunpoint. He was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect, who fled the scene with the loss. The officers immediately checked the area including the bordering city of San Leandro. With assistance from the San Leandro Police Department, they were able to locate the suspect and arrest him. Officers recovered some of the victim’s property.
Armed ATM Robber Apprehended – On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 10:00 PM, an armed robbery occurred in the 6900 block of Bancroft Avenue at an ATM. The victim was approached by the suspect, who robbed her at gunpoint as she was retrieving money from the ATM. Officers responded to the area and were able to arrest the robbery suspect.
Observant Witness Helps Police Apprehend Two Burglary Suspects – On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 3:51 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Park Boulevard to investigate a commercial burglary. The witness reported seeing two suspects inside a closed business, and provided detailed descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle they used to flee the scene. Responding officers checked the area, and were able to locate the vehicle and arrest the two suspects.
Police Arrest Three for Strong Arm Robbery: Witness Participation Key – On Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9:52 p.m., Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 3100 block of Telegraph Avenue to investigate a strong arm robbery. The victim told the officers that while she was walking, she was approached by three young men who assaulted her and stole her purse. The victim and witnesses were able to provide descriptions of the suspects. Officers canvassed the area, located the three suspects, and arrested them for strong arm robbery. During the preliminary investigation, officers discovered that the suspects may have committed a similar robbery in the 700 block of Brockhurst Street. We thank the community for getting involved in helping us as we move forward to reduce crime in our city.
Neighbors Help OPD Catch a Burglar - On Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:57 p.m., Oakland Police officers responded to a call of a residential burglary in progress in the 800 block of 57th Street. A witness reported seeing the suspect climb into a house through a window. Upon arrival, the officers established a perimeter. Officers observed the suspect inside the home and established communication with him. They were able to talk him into safely surrendering and arrested him for burglary. Thanks to witnesses in this neighborhood, we were able to remove a burglar from our community. The Oakland Police Department continues to work with the community to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.
OPD Arrests Strong Arm Robbery Suspect Who May Be Connected to Other Downtown Robberies – On Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:12 a.m., Oakland Police officers responded to the 1200 block of Broadway to investigate a report of a strong arm robbery of a business. Upon arrival, the officers met with employees who reported that the suspect had threatened them as he removed merchandise from the store. The employees provided a description of the suspect. Officers canvassed the area and were able to locate the suspect and recover the stolen items. The officers arrested the suspect for strong arm robbery. Investigators believe the suspect may be connected to other robberies in the area.
Witness Helps OPD Capture Three Strong Arm Robbery Suspects – On Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to a strong arm robbery at 61st Avenue and International Boulevard. The victim told the officers that while he was selling ice cream in the area, he was approached by four young men who assaulted him and took his money. A witness came to the aid of the victim and provided detailed descriptions of the suspects. Officers began searching the area and were able to detain three of the four suspects. Officers arrested two juveniles and one adult. One suspect remains outstanding. We thank the witness whose participation was key to the quick identification/location of the suspects.
Two Arrested: Stolen Vehicle, Illegal Gun Possession – On Monday, September 16, 2014 at about 12:10 AM, Oakland Police officers on patrol observed a stolen vehicle in the 3100 block of 73rd Avenue and conducted a traffic stop. The driver and passenger fled the vehicle and ran into a nearby yard. Officers set a perimeter and with assistance from a K-9 police service dog were able to locate the two juvenile male suspects. The driver was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle and the second suspect was arrested for illegal possession of a loaded firearm. We appreciate the community’s support as we work to make Oakland safer.
OPD Arrests Homicide Suspect - The Oakland Police Department has arrested a 21-year-old male Oakland resident in connection with the Sunday morning homicide of Reginald Beamon. On September 14, 2014, at 6:16 AM, Oakland Police responded to the 8200 block of Bancroft Avenue in response to a 911 call of a person down in the street. Patrol units arrived on the scene and located the victim, Reginald Beamon, a 28-year-old Oakland resident suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Investigators are not releasing the name of the suspect pending a review of the case by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
This investigation is on-going and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821 or the TIP LINE at (510) 238-7950.
OPD Arrests Home Invasion Robbery Suspect - On September 12, 2014 at about 5:28 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 3800 block of Patterson Avenue to investigate the report of a possible home invasion robbery. One suspect was taken into custody and one suspect fled the area on foot. Officers established a perimeter and performed a search for the outstanding suspect although were unable to locate that person. Officers remained in the area to canvass for possible witnesses or evidence. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the OPD Robbery Unit investigators at (510) 238-3326.
Citizen Reports Illegal Activity; OPD Makes Arrests, Recovers Guns and Drugs – A citizen called in to report that occupants of a vehicle in front of a local business were drinking and creating a public disturbance. When the officer arrived on scene, he detained two people in the vehicle and learned that they both had outstanding warrants. During the officer’s preliminary investigation, he discovered codeine pills, morphine tablets and two illegally possessed firearms. He arrested one of the occupants of the vehicle. The Oakland Police Department thanks our community members for reporting potentially dangerous situations. The information you share with us allows us to safely remove dangerous persons and weapons from our streets.
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