Oakland, CA – This time of year, with all the holiday office parties and festive occasions with friends and families, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the Oakland Police Department has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be out in force December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015—actively searching for drunk or drug-impaired drivers.
OPD will be conducting two DUI Driving Under the Influence (DUI)/Drivers License Checkpoints and one roving DUI Saturation patrol with the first DUI operations planned on December 19, 2014 and December 31, 2014. more »
The City of Oakland administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday and Thursday, January 1, for New Year’s Day. Police, fire and emergency services are not affected during the holiday. more »
Oakland Animal Services has launched the Home for the Holidays campaign to spur more adoptions, and to welcome the community to Oakland Animal Services. The shelter will waive all adoption fees. Healthy dogs, cats and rabbits will be free to qualified homes through January 1, 2015, and can go to their new homes once they are spayed or neutered. more »
Oakland is a leading city in the United States in implementing body cameras that police officers wear on their uniform. President Barack Obama recently announced his support for the use of these cameras. Oakland leaders agree with the advantages of body worn cameras and began implementing their use at the Oakland Police Department in 2010. more »
Oakland, CA – The Oakland Police Department has been awarded a $140,220 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement activity and public awareness efforts aimed at preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. The Department will use the funding as part of the ongoing commitment of the City of Oakland to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. more »
Oakland, CA — On December 13, 2014, an Oakland Gun Buyback event will be held at Youth UpRising on 8711 MacArthur Boulevard. Part of a statewide gun buyback initiative, the event is co-hosted by Youth UpRising in partnership with the Oakland Police Department and Gun by Gun, an organization founded in 2013 to prevent gun violence by reducing the number of unwanted and illegal guns in the community while creating an outlet for community action on the issue of gun violence prevention. more »
Good news: Citizens and property owners in Oakland are doing all they can ahead of the forecasted storm. Over the past several days, Oakland Public Works has distributed an estimated 21,500 sandbags and 20,000 feet of plastic sheeting in response to an unprecedented number of requests! And now a bit of bad news: the City’s supply is dwindling, with fewer supplies left at the two primary City Service Centers. Most, if not all, of the Fire Stations have given all of their supplies out already. Additional staff and materials have been called out to keep these resources available as we do our best to help protect people and property. Please be advised that availability is much reduced. more »