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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).
“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).
Auto Burglars Caught in the Act – On Monday, March 23, 2015 at approximately 3:35 AM, Oakland Police officers responded to a call from a concerned citizen, who reported an auto burglary in progress in the 2600 block of Myrtle Street. When the officers arrived, they observed the suspects still on scene. Officers arrested both suspects for auto burglary. Thanks to the attentive neighbor who reported the suspicious activity, officers were able to quickly locate and arrest these burglary suspects.
OPD Removes Dangerous Weapons from Our Neighborhoods – On Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Oakland Police officers served a search warrant in the 1000 block of 16th Street for suspected illegal firearms. Officers safely served the warrant and recovered three illegally possessed firearms, ammunition, and high-capacity magazines. Two individuals were arrested and OPD was able to remove dangerous weapons from our community. Together, we are making Oakland safer.
OPD Arrests One for Emeryville Carjacking – On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:38 PM, Oakland Police officers on patrol in the 900 block of Adeline Street observed a vehicle that had been taken in a carjacking that occurred in Emeryville. When the officers initiated a traffic enforcement stop, the driver and front passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled on foot. The vehicle safely came to a stop in the roadway. Officers pursued the driver and arrested him for auto theft. A third passenger who had not left the car was detained and released; the other passenger remains at large.
Citizens Alert Police to Illegal Firearm Discharge; Suspect Arrested – On Sunday, March 15 at 6:22 p.m., the Oakland Police Department Communications Section received numerous calls about an individual discharging a firearm on the street. Callers provided a detailed description of the suspect, which was provided to responding patrol officers, who checked the surrounding areas and located the suspect in the 3100 block of Market Street. The suspect was arrested for discharging a firearm and illegal gun possession
Armed Suspect Arrested: Drugs and Stolen Goods Found in Truck – On Monday, March 9 at about 1:37 a.m., Oakland Police officers on patrol conducted a traffic-enforcement stop on a vehicle in the 800 block of Union Street. The driver got out of the truck and threw a handgun to the ground before he fled the scene. The officers chased after him and were able to arrest him for an illegally possessed firearm. Officers located narcotics and stolen property inside the truck.
Arrest Made in Stolen Vehicle Case – On Monday, March 9, 2015 at about 5:41 PM, officers on patrol observed a stolen vehicle that had been taken in a carjacking two days earlier. The carjacking suspect had been armed with a Taser. The officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver did not stop and a pursuit ensued. The suspect vehicle collided with a parked car in the 5500 block of Fleming Street and the five occupants ran. Four of them, all juveniles, were arrested. A Taser was recovered from one of the suspects. The vehicle was recovered.
OPD Arrests Two Armed Robbers, Firearms Recovered - On Monday, March 2, at about 9:03 a.m., Oakland Police officers on patrol responded to the 2500 block of Wakefield Avenue to investigate an armed robbery. The victim told the officers that she had just been robbed at gunpoint by two men. The officers obtained a detailed description of the suspects and their getaway vehicle. Officers broadcast the information over police radio. Minutes later, another armed robbery with a similar description of the suspect vehicle occurred in the 2300 block of E. 23rd Street. Officers patrolling the area located the suspects in the 2500 block of E. 12th Street; the suspects fled on foot. A perimeter was set and the California Highway Patrol assisted with air support. The suspects were eventually located and arrested for both armed robberies. Officers recovered two illegally possessed handguns and some of the victims’ stolen items.
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