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A Message from Chief Sean Whent
To the Oakland Community:
Thank You for Your Continued Dedication to Oakland
To the Oakland Community,
As 2015 begins, I’d like to thank you for your continued dedication to Oakland. As residents and business owners, you are clearly committed to this amazing City and you absolutely deserve to live and work in safe and thriving neighborhoods.
Together we are moving Oakland forward and our collective efforts have resulted in notable crime reductions, increased community and police collaboration, and continued progress with our reform efforts.
We ended 2014 with an 11% reduction in murders, a 13% reduction in shootings, a 31% reduction in robberies, and a 28% reduction in residential burglaries. I am encouraged by the recent reduction in crime but recognize that present levels of violent crime are still too high. The data-driven and intelligence-based strategies we have employed have proved impactful and we intend to strengthen and refine these efforts as the Police Department grows. Reducing violent crime remains our number one priority.
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).
Oakland Police Department Featured in Popular Mechanics – The April 2015 issue of Popular Mechanics contains a photo essay, “Police in the Panoptic Age,” about the technological revolution brought about by the use of body-worn cameras in policing. The spread includes black and white photos of uniformed OPD officers with their body cameras and an interview with Chief Sean Whent. Chief Whent provides background information about OPD’s experience with body cameras since we began deploying them in the field in 2010 and points out the valuable impact the cameras have had on our efforts to build community trust. (Access the interview and photos here.)
“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).
Seventh Suspect Charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in Homicide of Chyemil Pierce - On Thursday, April 16, 2, a seventh suspect was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in the homicide of Chyemil Pierce, 30, who was fatally shot in the 2800 block of Chestnut Street on March 9, 2015. Julian Ambrose, 16, of Oakland was charged with using a firearm to commit bodily injury, full enhancement, and attempted murder in connection with the death of Ms. Pierce. Ambrose is to be prosecuted as an adult. Six other suspects in this case have previously been arrested and charged with homicide, attempted homicide, accessory to murder and other crimes in this case. Homicide investigators continue to identify additional suspects in connection with this case.
OPD Makes an Arrest for Stolen Vehicle – On Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:42 AM, an Oakland Police officer on patrol observed a parked vehicle in the 3000 block of Brook Street that was reported stolen out of Oakland. The officer observed two occupants who were asleep inside the car; he detained both and ultimately, one person was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Witness Directs Police to Strong Armed Robbers; Arrest Made – On Sunday, April 12, 2015 at about 11:18 PM, a witness stopped Oakland Police patrol officers in the 8500 block of San Leandro Boulevard and reported a strong arm robbery in the area. Officers located the victim and obtained a detailed description of the two suspects. The witness further assisted the officers by directing them to the area where the suspects were last seen. The officers located the suspects and arrested them both. The victim’s loss was recovered. Thanks to the attentive witness, two robbery suspects are now in custody.
OPD Hosts Block Party in West Oakland – On Friday, April 10, 2015, Oakland Police Department Area One Captain Drennon Lindsey and her team hosted a block party in West Oakland. The well-attended event provided an opportunity for community members to interact with their officers in a friendly and fun environment. The OPD Recruiting Section was there, too, with information on hand about how to join the OPD team.
Additional Arrests Made in Connection with the Homicide of Chyemil Pierce – On Monday, April 6 the Oakland Police Department announced that a fifth and sixth suspect were charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in the homicide of Chyemil Pierce, 30, who was fatally shot in the 2800 block of Chestnut Street on March 9, 2015. Alex Davis, 25, of Oakland was charged with murder in connection with the death of Chyemil Pierce and Dijon Ward, 20, of Oakland was charged with being an accessory. Four other suspects have been previously arrested and charged with murder and other crimes in this case. Homicide investigators continue to identify additional suspects in connection with this case.
Newly Sworn Officer and Field Training Officer Waste No Time in Making a Difference – On Monday, April 6 at about 10:37 a.m., a newly sworn police officer and his field training officer were on patrol in the area of High Street and Suter Street when they observed a vehicle which had been taken in a carjacking in Stockton a few days earlier. The officers, who were in a fully marked police vehicle, followed the wanted vehicle onto westbound Interstate 580. Assistance was requested from the California Highway Patrol as the suspects in the carjacking vehicle drove the freeway towards San Francisco. CHP officers with the aid of the San Francisco Police were able to stop the vehicle in the City of San Francisco and take the driver and passenger into custody. The Oakland Police officers who had initially spotted the carjacking vehicle responded to the area of the stop and identified the driver and passenger as the same persons they originally observed in the car. The suspects were arrested in connection with the carjacking. Just several days after graduating from the Oakland Police Academy the newly sworn officer, with the guidance of his field training officer, was able to arrest and remove dangerous felons from the community and recover a carjacked 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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Homicide and Robbery Tip Line: 510-238-7950