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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.
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.
OPD Arrests Robbery and Carjacking Suspect – On Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 4:15 AM, Oakland Police officers met with a citizen who told them that he had just seen one of the men who had robbed and carjacked him a week earlier. The victim directed officers to 55th Avenue and International Boulevard. The officers arrested the suspect and recovered an illegally possessed, loaded firearm.
OPD Arrests Driver for Possession of Firearm – On Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:27 PM, an Oakland Police officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop for a vehicle code violation. During the officers’ preliminary investigation, they discovered that the driver was in possession of an illegally possessed, loaded handgun. The driver was arrested.
OPD Arrests Man Wanted by U.S. Secret Service – On Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM Oakland Police officers were dispatched a local motel in the 1700 block of Embarcadero Avenue to investigate fraudulent use of a credit card. During the initial investigation, officers learned that the suspect was wanted by the U.S. Secret Service for manufacturing fraudulent credit cards and therefore, they arrested him. Officers additionally recovered multiple fraudulent credit cards.
OPD Conducts Liquor Store Compliance Check; Discovers Illegal Sale of Marijuana – On Wednesday, August 27 at 12:00 PM, Oakland Police officers assigned to the Alcoholic Beverage Action Team (ABAT) conducted a routine inspection of Mew's Market at 922 105th Avenue and discovered evidence of illegal sales of marijuana. The officers recovered approximately a pound of marijuana, a scale and packaging material, and over three thousand dollars in cash. The employee was arrested.
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