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A Message from Chief Sean Whent
It has been two years since I took my position as the Chief of the Oakland Police Department. It has been an incredible honor to work with the community and fellow City of Oakland staff during this time. The people of Oakland are passionate and committed and the men and women of the Oakland Police Department are the hardest working police employees in the country. I see an amazing amount of energy, commitment, and compassion expressed every day.
When I took this job two years ago, I quickly set my top three priorities as violent crime reduction, organizational excellence, and building community trust and partnerships. We have made significant progress in each of these areas.
What's New at OPD?
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Oakland Police Department Represents at the FBI National Academy
On Monday, September 21, Captain Leronne Armstrong returned from a 10-week training program focused on leadership and the administration of justice in state and local law enforcement held at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The training program brought together a group of 225 law enforcement leaders from across the world, representing 48 states and 24 countries.
The fifth person from OPD to graduate from the National Academy program since 2008, Captain Armstrong noted that his classmates were particularly interested in OPD’s progressive police work. From the procedural justice training program, which is focused on learning to communicate in a in a fair and respectful way, to OPD’s experience in use of body cameras, OPD is recognized for being on the cutting edge of modern policing.
Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, Deputy Chief David Downing, Captain Darren Allison, and Lieutenant Sekou Millington are OPD's four prior FBI National Academy graduates.
Special Operations Section Supervisor Sergeant Mike Beaver Honored at CATO Annual Conference
On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Sergeant Mike Beaver, Special Operations Section Supervisor, was awarded the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) Officer of the Year Award in Anaheim. Sgt. Beaver was honored for his leadership of OPD's Tactical Operations Team, which responds to critical and high risk incidents, including barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, mobile intercepts, and high risk search/arrest warrants. Tactical officers come from all across California to attend the CATO annual conference. To be singled out for the Officer of the Year Award from among this peer group is a high honor indeed.
Oakland Police Department Participates in the Bridge Summit in Phoenix, AZ
On Thursday, September 9, 2015, Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw (6th from right, above) represented OPD at the Bridge Summit in Phoenix, AZ. Presented by the Black Chamber of Arizona in conjunction with the University of Phoenix College of Security and Criminal Justice and the Checkered Flag Run Foundation, the summit featured interactive dialog with police chiefs from across the nation and an audience of law enforcement professionals, community-based organizations, businesses and government leaders.
Topics included community engagement best practices, conscious and unconscious biases that contribute to the dynamics of community engagement, and perceptions and other behavioral shifts in the community that influence these dynamics. According to Deputy Chief Outlaw, "The Oakland Police Department has been on the forefront of community engagement best practices for some time. It was an honor to be invited and receive positive feedback from those in attendance, and a pleasure to enlighten others about the great work done by the men and women of OPD."
OPD Chaplins Watkins and Robbins Honored at 42nd Annual International Conference of Police Chaplains, Sacramento, CA
Kudos to our OPD Chaplains who were honored during the 42nd Annual ICPC training for their collective achievement.
Our Chaplains strive for excellence, taking advantage of continued education and training to better serve the Oakland Police Department and the Oakland community.
This year, Chaplain Rufus Watkins completed the requirements for Fellow Level Credential. This highest level of honor was awarded for his 30 years of continued service to a law enforcement agency, continued Department in-service training, combined with Regional, and ATS (annual training seminar) education.
Chaplain Ruffus Robbins achieved the Masters Level Credential. This was awarded for his 15 years of continued agency service, combined with Department in-service education, Regional and ATS training. Chaplain Robbins was also nominated and appointed to the office of Assistant Secretary in Region 6 district.
As well as Chaplains Watkins and Robbins, OPD attendees included Chaplin Coordinator Melonie Levine and Masters Level Chaplin Eugene Ferrell (not pictured), Melonie Levine, Lena Edmond, Ken Parris, and Jayson Landeza.
Pictured: Rufus Watkins, Melonie Levine, Lena Edmond, Ken Parris, Jayson Landeza, Ruffus Robbins and his wife.
“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/FBI Serve Multiple Search Warrants; Arrest Gang Members - This morning the Oakland Police Department Ceasefire Team, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served multiple search warrants in Oakland and the neighboring cities of Vallejo, Antioch, and Sacramento in connection with “Ghost Town” gang members who are responsible for multiple violent crimes in Oakland.
Officers serving a search warrant 2800 block of Filbert Street in Oakland recovered three rifles, one replica gun, a 100-round drum, a 50-round magazine with ammunition, a pound and a half of marijuana, and cash. (Attached photos are from the search warrant served at 2800 block of Filbert Street.)
At this time, at least five people have been arrested. A total of four firearms have been recovered. More arrests are expected to be made.
OPD Donates Bicycles to Middle School Children – On Thursday, September 24, 2015, Oakland Police officers delivered 10-plus bicycles to East Bay Innovative Academy, where the students had suffered a very disappointing loss over the past weekend. The bicycles they had been repairing to donate to various charities throughout Oakland were stolen. When OPD officers learned of the loss, they gathered bikes to deliver to the kids. Ten of the bicycles came from the OPD Bicycle Recovery Unit; others were personally donated by officers.
The bicycles were delivered by Traffic Operations Section Sergeant Dave Carman, Police Service Technician (PST) Dan Dowd, Officer Barry Ko, and PST Darryl Wilson. Dan Dowd is the coordinator of the OPD Bicycle Recovery Unit. We’d like to thank him for gathering the bikes to be donated to the children.
Man Arrested for Attempted Robbery and Carjacking – On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at approximately 11:00 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 2400 block of Northgate Avenue. When they arrived, the victim told them that the suspect had just attempted to rob and carjack him. The victim provided the officers with a detailed description of the suspect and the direction the suspect was last seen. When the officers checked the area, they located the suspect and arrested him in connection with the attempted robbery and carjacking.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested – On Monday, September 15, 2015 at approximately 10:53 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of 89th Avenue to investigate a report of a carjacking. When they arrived, the victim told that he had been carjacked at gunpoint and provided officers with a description of the suspects. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at about 7:20 PM, Oakland Police officers saw the stolen car in the 9800 block of Bancroft Avenue and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified as one of the suspects in the earlier carjacking. The officers arrested the suspect in connection with the carjacking and possession of a stolen vehicle.
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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