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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).
OPD and CHP Sideshow / Street Racing PSA Video Recognized by State Government Website - On Friday, July 25, 2014, the Oakland Police Department learned that a public safety address (PSA) created by OPD Public Information Officer Johnna Watson and California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Wilkenfeld had been placed on the State of California website (ca.gov). The selection of the PSA for posting on a statewide forum indicates that information regarding sideshows and street racing is pertinent to a vast audience. On the video, Officers Watson and Wilkenfeld speak plainly about the negatives associated with sideshow activity and street racing: endangering participants, bystanders and other motorists; attracting other criminal activities; and, for those who are caught participating in sideshows, losing your car (it will be towed) and going to jail. The video can be seen on the ca.gov website (“Latest Videos”) or pulled up directly on youtube.
“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 Honored at the TransVision Trans Pride Gala – On Friday, August 29, 2014, the Oakland Pride Weekend was officially started off in high style with the TransVision Trans Pride Gala at City Hall, sponsored by Mayor Quan and Council Members Kaplan and McElhaney. Among community partners being honored at the event, the Oakland Police Department received the Trans Community Partner Award for Improved Community Relations, Outreach, and Partnership. Mistress of Ceremonies and TransVision Program Manager Tiffany Woods presented the award to Police Chief Sean Whent, who accepted the award on behalf of the Department. TransVision, a program of Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, is an award-winning resource for transgender, transsexual women in Alameda County.
Carjacking Prevented - On February 2 at about 7:50 p.m., Oakland Police officers observed a vehicle driving slowly in a residential area with the lights turned off. It appeared the vehicle was about to come to a stop behind a woman who had just parked and exited her vehicle. The officers ran a file check on the vehicle and learned that it was reported stolen. The two suspects in the vehicle saw the police and immediately fled the area. Both suspects were detained after a short vehicle and foot pursuit. One illegally possessed firearm was located inside the suspect vehicle.
Pair Arrested for Two Strong Arm Robberies - On January 29, 2015 at about 12:40 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 4600 block of International Boulevard to investigate a report of a strong arm robbery. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the two suspects and directed the officers to the suspects, who were about a block away. The officers located the suspects and as they were detaining them, Dispatch advised that a similar robbery had occurred in the 3400 block of E. 12th Street. Items belonging to the victim of that robbery were found in the suspects’ possession. Officers arrested the suspects for both robberies and some items were returned to the victims.
Carjacker Arrested – On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at approximately 3:10 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the intersection of Carroll Street and Ivy Drive to investigate a report of a carjacking. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of her car and the three suspects who had taken her car. While the officers were still on scene, they learned that a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen vehicle had been involved in an accident in Piedmont. One suspect was detained. OPD responded and arrested the suspect, who was responsible for the carjacking.
Armed Robber Arrested – On Thursday, January 22, 2015, at about 8:26 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 3200 block of Suter Street to investigate a report of an armed robbery. When they arrived on scene, the victim was able to provide a description of the two robbery suspects who had fled the scene in a car. Officers checking the area located one of the suspects. The victim’s stolen items were recovered.
Three Arrested for Burglary – On Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 4:37 PM Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Covington Street to investigate a report of a residential burglary in progress. Witnesses provided detailed descriptions of three suspects whom they had seen enter the residence. The witnesses were able to direct the officers to the suspects. The officers arrested the three suspects and were able to recover the stolen items.
OPD Arrests Armed Robbers and Recovers Items Stolen in Robbery and Burglaries – On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at about 12:13 PM, Oakland Police officers on patrol in the 2600 block of Alvingroom Court observed a vehicle that was reported stolen and had been used in connection with an armed robbery that occurred the day before. As the officers attempted to detain the occupants of the vehicle, they ran. The officers pursued them and arrested two of the suspects. Stolen items from the previous day’s robbery and loss from a recent burglary were recovered.
Strong Arm Robbers Arrested – On Thursday, January 15, 2015 at about 10:05 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 9900 block of Longfellow Avenue to investigate a report of a strong arm robbery. The victim told the officers that he had been robbed by three juveniles. The victim was able to provide a detailed description of the suspects and their getaway vehicle. Officers began checking the area and were able to locate the vehicle and the suspects in the 2700 block of 98th Avenue. All three suspects were arrested. The officers recovered the car, which had been reported stolen.
Two Suspects Arrested in Connection with Multiple Armed Robberies – On Friday, January 16, 2015 at about 6:15 PM, Oakland Police officers responded to the 4000 block of West Street to investigate a report of an armed robbery. While the officers were conducting a preliminary investigation, they heard a report over the radio of a second armed robbery. The suspects described were similar to the first armed robbery. Officers were able to locate and arrest the suspects and recover the stolen items.
New Year’s Day Homicide Suspects Arrested and Charged – On Thursday, January 1, 2015, 23-year-old Derrick Williams of Sacramento was fatally shot during a robbery in the 7200 block of Bancroft Avenue. Investigators were able to identify and arrest all suspects involved. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged Andre Poole, 24, of Sacramento; Marcus Mayfield, 19, of Oakland; and Dwight Hilton, 26, of Pittsburg with special circumstances murder.
OPD Arrests Home Burglar – On Saturday, January 10, 2015 at about 6:30 PM, Communications received a call from a homeowner who had just arrived home and reported hearing noises indicating that an unknown person might be in the residence. The homeowner immediately left the house and called 911. When officers arrived on scene in the 4200 block of Suter Street, they conducted a search of the residence and located and arrested the burglary suspect. The homeowner did the right thing by stepping away from a potentially dangerous situation and calling from OPD from outside the home. The Oakland Police Department would like to remind you to program your cell phone with this number to reach emergency most quickly: (510) 777-3211.
Three Arrested for Strong Arm Robbery – On Sunday, January 4, 2015 at approximately 1:30 PM, Oakland Police officers were flagged down in the 1900 block of Fruitvale Avenue by a man who had just been robbed. The victim and witnesses helped direct officers to a nearby location where officers were able to arrest two suspects. A third suspect used a vehicle to flee the area. Shortly after, officers located the vehicle and were able to arrest the third suspect. Some of the stolen items were recovered. OPD thanks those witnesses who willingly provided information to the police. It takes a community working together to make Oakland safer.
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