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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 Facilitates Procedural Justice Training In Sacramento – On Thursday, November 19, 2015, law enforcement leaders from across California gathered in the state capital for training in procedural justice concepts led by the Oakland Police Department. Oakland Police Officer Kyle Hay taught Procedural Justice concepts to California police chiefs and other law enforcement leaders gathered in Sacramento. Other instructors for the daylong training included Oakland Police Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, Captain Leronne Armstrong, Oakland community member Ben McBride, Stanford University, Stockton Police Department and the California Partnership for Safe Communities. The training was organized and sponsored by California Attorney General Kamalah D. Harris.
Oakland Police Announce Suspect Identified In 2012 Murder – On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, after a full and thorough review by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and consultation with OPD Homicide investigators, it has been determined that Malique Parrott, was responsible for the murder of Brandy Martell. Martell was killed on April 29, 2012, at 5:20 a.m. in the 1300 block of Franklin Street. Parrott was a victim of a homicide on June 10, 2012, less than two months after Brandy’s death. Because Parrott is deceased, no criminal charges can be filed. The case has been closed as “death of offender.”
Welcome To Another Cohort Of Future Officers – On Monday, November 16, 2015, 60 police officer trainees started the 174th Basic Academy. The 27-week (1,169 hours) Basic Academy for police officer trainees exceeds the requirements established by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). It prepares police officers for work in the community in a variety of skill and knowledge areas. The curriculum has an emphasis on ethics and professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving, conflict resolution and relationships with the community.
Oakland Police Announce Arrest, DA Charges Suspect In Murder Of Jonathan Orbetron – On Monday, November 16, 2015, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Damion Dupclay, 24, of Oakland with murder and the special circumstance clause that it was committed during a robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and evading an officer with willful disregard.
Man Arrested In Murder Of Ice Cream Vendor – On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Oakland Police Department Homicide investigators announced the arrest of Joevan Lopez, whom they believe is responsible for the fatal shooting of ice cream vendor Jarvis Singh, 45. As background, on Saturday, October 3, just after 4:31 p.m., officers responded to the 9300 block of Peach Street on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they located ice cream vendor Jarvis Singh, who had been fatally shot.
Oakland Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For 2013 Murder – On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Damion Sleugh, 28, of Oakland, was sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years for the December 22, 2013, murder of Vincent Muzac. Oakland Police investigators were assisted by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Francisco Field Office, and the case was heard in the United States Northern District of California Court. The case went before a federal jury, where defendant Sleugh was convicted of six counts including murder, robbery and drug trafficking charges. As background, on December 22, 2013, suspect Damion Sleugh had arranged to meet with victim Vincent Muzac in a store parking lot near Hegenberger Road and Interstate 880 for a marijuana transaction. Muzac had entered Sleugh’s vehicle, where he was robbed and shot before being pushed out of the vehicle. He was later found dead in the parking lot.
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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