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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.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested - On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at approximately 8:00 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of E. 23rd Street to investigate a report of a carjacking. The adult male victim told the police that he had been held up at gunpoint and his car taken. A short time later, officers observed the stolen vehicle in the 5500 block of Foothill Boulevard. As officers attempted to make a stop, the driver fled in the vehicle. The officers pursued the suspect, who collided into a parked vehicle. He then continued to flee on foot before forcing entry through the rear door of a home in the 1900 block of 57th Avenue in an attempt to further evade capture by the police. The officers were able to locate and detain the suspect and place him under arrest for the carjacking.
Officers Arrest Burglary Suspect - On Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Broadway to investigate a possible commercial burglary in progress. The officers observed a man making entry into the establishment through a window located on the Broadway side of the building. When the officers found the suspect inside the store, he fled the scene. The officers followed him and were able to arrest him for burglary. The loss was recovered.
The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you: If You See Crime, Report Crime.
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