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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.
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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.
Oakland Police Department Participates in the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 39th Annual Training Conference
On July 11-15, 2015, OPD Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw and Lieutenant Sekou Millington attended the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 39th Annual Training Conference and Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both are members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter – Region VI.
This year’s theme was NOBLE & Indy: At the Forefront of Achieving Diversity in Law Enforcement. Keynote speaker U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch discussed the commitment of the U.S. Department of Justice to improving relations between law enforcement and minority communities. The Oakland Police Department is equally committed to impacting issues of diversity in policing and strengthening relationships with diverse communities.
One workshop, “Challenges Women Face in Leadership Positions,” discussed the unique challenges and opportunities women face as they rise through leadership positions in public safety organizations nationally and internationally, some of the barriers women leaders face, and strategies to overcome those barriers. The workshop was moderated by Ms. Melody Jackson, Retired SAC Senior Police Advisor, U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement. Panelists included Deputy Chief Outlaw, Deputy Chief Cerelyn (CJ) Davis of the Atlanta Police Department, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallon of the Metropolitan Police Service and Deputy Commissioner Novelette Grant of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Positive feedback regarding the panel discussion led to NOBLE National President Gregory Thomas’s announcement of a new committee that will work to create and ensure equity for woman in policing. Deputy Chief Outlaw will serve as a member of this new committee at next year’s NOBLE conference.
Congratulations to 36th Citizens Police Academy Class Graduates – On Monday, April 27, 2015, the 36th Citizens Police Academy (CPA) graduated after spending nine weeks together learning about the Oakland Police Department firsthand. The course provided a window into the complexities of policing and a chance to build relationships of trust with OPD. After a welcome by CPA coordinator Ana Martinez, three members of the graduating class – Jenny Chea-Vaing, Akiba Bradford, and Earl Jacobs – spoke. Ms. Martinez formally introduced the class and Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa awarded class members their graduate certificates. The CPA is a vital part of OPD’s efforts to strengthen community relations. During the course, students have conversations with command staff, police officers, dispatchers, and field technicians. The Academy is a great opportunity for community members to learn about policing in Oakland from the perspective of an Oakland Police officer. (See more on our facebook page.)
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).
Three Arrested for Multiple Convenience Store Armed Robberies – On Tuesday, August 25, 2015, the Oakland Police Department took three men into custody for committing a string of armed robberies of convenience stores this summer. In a team effort, OPD Criminal Investigation and Ceasefire Division investigators, with assistance from concerned community members, worked together to bring the three suspects into custody. Using witness descriptions and video surveillance footage, OPD was able to identify the suspects and obtain search warrants for them. The warrants were served at three Oakland addresses, and the suspects were arrested and charged with multiple robberies. Their cases have been forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Traffic Stop Leads to Weapons Arrest – On Monday, August 3, 2015 at about 12:28 AM, Oakland Police patrol officers observed a vehicle with a tail light out and made a traffic stop in the 6600 block of International Boulevard. When the officers approached the car, they observed a firearm on the floor. The officers arrested the passenger for unlawful possession of a loaded firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
OPD Officers Make Arrests for Illegal Weapons Possession – On Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 12:13 AM, Oakland Police officers on patrol observed a vehicle with expired registration tags and pulled the vehicle over in the 800 block of 49th Avenue. The driver was on probation with a search clause. When the officers searched the vehicle they located a loaded firearm. The passenger was carrying more ammunition for the weapon. Both driver and passenger were arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
Arrest for Concealed Firearm – On Saturday, August 1, 2015 at about 7:32 PM, Oakland Police officers contacted a man on parole in the 2400 block of 73rd Avenue. When the officers searched him, they found a firearm on his person. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and for carrying a concealed, loaded firearm.
The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you: If You See Crime, Report Crime.
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