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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.
Three Arrested for Two Armed Robberies – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of High Street to investigate a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Witnesses directed officers to the suspects. The officers stopped and arrested the suspects for armed robbery. A firearm and the victim’s stolen laptop were discovered in the immediate area. Officers were able to link the suspects to an additional robbery which occurred that same evening in the area of MacArthur Boulevard and Pierson Street. The suspects were arrested for both robberies.
Burglar Arrested – On Thursday, October 29 at 1:10 PM, Police Service Technician Sarah Hicks was in the 1400 block of Jefferson Street, downloading surveillance video related to a burglary, when she observed the burglary suspect. PST Hicks immediately radioed OPD Police officers and provided a detailed description of the suspect. The officers were able to locate the suspect nearby and took him into custody. The suspect was also found to be in possession of narcotics packaged for sale – rock cocaine and over 50 balloons of heroin.
OPD Arrests Three Suspects for Assault and Strong Arm Robbery – On Saturday, October 25, 2014, at about 11:42 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 400 block of 17th Street to investigate a reported strong arm robbery and assault. Both victims were able to provide the officers with descriptions of the three suspects. These descriptions were broadcast over the police radio. Soon after, Alameda County Sheriff’s officers observed the suspects, who were still in the area, and assisted in the arrest. The victim’s cell phone was recovered.
Arrest Made in Strong Arm Robbery and Assault – On Friday, October 24, 2014 at about 9:50 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to investigate an assault. Upon arrival, officers met with the 70-year-old victim, an independent taxi driver, who reported that the suspect assaulted him and attempted to take his cell phone. The suspect fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect. Responding officers checked the area and were able to locate and arrest the suspect for strong arm robbery and assault.
OPD Makes Arrest of Strong Arm Robbery Suspect and Recovers Loss – On Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 5400 block of Foothill Boulevard to investigate a report of a dispute. Upon arrival, officers learned that one of the individuals involved in the argument had just committed a strong arm robbery. Officers were able to arrest the suspect and recover the victim’s loss.
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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