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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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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).
Early Morning Arrest of Two for Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm – On Sunday, July 26, 2015 at about 2:15 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a call of a person armed with a gun in the area of 8th and Washington Street. When the officers arrived, they saw a car that matched the caller’s description. The officers made a traffic stop in the 450 block of 8th Street. The officers observed a firearm in the vehicle. The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested for unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.
OPD Arrests Two for Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm – On Saturday, July 25, 2015 at about 10:30 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 5500 block of Claremont Avenue to investigate a report of a robbery. The officers met with four victims who said they had been walking to the Rockridge BART station when they were robbed at gunpoint. Witnesses were able to provide detailed descriptions of two suspects. A short time later, Oakland Police officers located the two suspects at a local store in the 1500 block of 40th Street. A loaded firearm was found in the suspects’ car as well as stolen property belonging to three of the victims. The suspects were arrested.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested – On Thursday, July 16, 2015 at approximately 11:00 PM, a man and his girlfriend were carjacked at gunpoint in the 800 block of E. 20th Street. The suspects also robbed the woman. One day later, at about 11:20 p.m., an OPD officer observed the carjacked vehicle in the 2300 block of Fruitvale Avenue and a pursuit ensued. The driver of the vehicle, who was the sole occupant, drove it onto the lawn of San Antonio Park before he jumped out and ran. After a short foot pursuit, officers were able to detain the suspect and arrested him for carjacking.
Officers Find Loaded Weapon in Car; Arrest Driver – On Sunday, July 18, 2015 at about 9:49 PM, Oakland Police officers contacted the driver of a double-parked vehicle in the 800 block of Union Street and learned that he was on probation with a search clause. The officers elected to search the vehicle. During the search, they located a loaded firearm on the floorboard. After securing the weapon, the officers placed the driver under arrest for violation of probation and illegal possession of a firearm.
Armed Robber Arrested; Carjacked Vehicle Located – On Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2:21 PM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to 30th Street and Broadway to investigate a robbery/pistol whipping that had just occurred. The victim told officers that two suspects had approached him and demanded his bag. When he refused, one of the suspects hit him with a gun and then the two fled to a waiting vehicle driven by a third suspect. The victim was transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. Not long after the attempted robbery, the getaway car was involved in a vehicle collision in the 3100 block of Telegraph Avenue. Officers were able to detain two of the fleeing suspects, and one was positively identified as the armed robber and arrested. It turned out that the getaway car had been carjacked earlier that same day.
Burglar Arrested On Scene– On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at about 3:34 AM, OPD Dispatch received a call from a community member advising that she had video footage of a person breaking into a locked and secured complex in the 200 block of 3rd Street. When OPD officers arrived on scene, the witness advised that the suspect was attempting to hide from them. The officers located the suspect and arrested him for violation of probation and burglary.
Update: 1300 block of 65th Avenue - On Sunday, July 19, at 5:43 PM, Oakland Police officers on patrol conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the 1300 block of 65th Avenue. About one minute into the car stop, the male driver fled from the vehicle on foot into nearby yards. Per departmental policy, the officers who made the stop did not pursue the man into the yards until additional officers responded to the scene and a perimeter was set. OPD Communications advised the subject was wanted for an active $10,000 warrant. Additionally, officers discovered approximately a pound of marijuana inside the vehicle.
A designated search team began a systematic search of the area and yards. Approximately 30 minutes into the search, officers located the subject in the 1600 block of 64th Avenue. The 23-year-old, 6 foot, 190-lb man was unresponsive, wedged in a small space between two buildings (see attached photos of space). Officers immediately performed CPR while waiting for emergency medical personnel to arrive on scene. Emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the subject to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by medical staff. At this time the subject’s name is being withheld pending family notification.
There were no uses of force by any officers at any time during this incident.
In accordance with standard protocol, the death is being investigated by the Oakland Police Department Criminal Investigation Division-Homicide, Internal Affairs Division and the Alameda County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.
The investigation is on-going and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (510) 238-3821 or the TIP LINE at 777-2805.
OPD Arrests One in Connection with Auto Theft – On Saturday, July 11 at about 8:56 p.m., Oakland Police officers observed a vehicle in the 1600 block of 78th Avenue that had been reported stolen and was associated with multiple strong arm robberies in the City of Oakland. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. Shortly after, the driver slowed down and she and three female suspects jumped out and ran. The moving vehicle crashed into two unoccupied parked vehicles. Officers pursued the suspects on foot and were able to take the driver into custody.
Suspect Responsible for Multiple Robberies Arrested – On Sunday, July 12 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Oakland Police officers on patrol observed a suspect who was wanted for multiple robberies in the 1200 block of 71st Avenue. When officers attempted to stop him, the suspect ran. The officers pursued him on foot and were able to arrest him for the robberies.
OPD Discovers Stolen Vehicles Being Dismantled On Abandoned Property; Arrests Two - On Monday, July 6, 2015 at approximately 4:08 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 6200 block of Eastlawn Street to investigate a report of trespassing. When officers arrived on-scene, they observed two suspects: one walking out of the building, which was burned and abandoned, and a second one sitting in a parked vehicle in the driveway. The car had been reported stolen in an armed carjacking. Officers detained both suspects, made a security check of the premises, and discovered multiple stolen vehicles in different stages of being dismantled. Both suspects were arrested for running a chop shop and possession of stolen property; the second suspect was also arrested for carjacking.
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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