OPD Redeploying Officers From High-Crime Areas Back To Community Beats

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) – Oakland police are moving extra officers that were redeployed to the city’s most violent neighborhoods back to their community policing beats.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the move comes after residents in the wealthier Oakland hills complained about a lack of officers in their neighborhoods, which have seen an uptick in burglaries.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Several of the 22 officers redeployed from their community policing beats to the high-crime areas were from the Oakland hills. A broader crime prevention initiative, known as the 100-Block Plan and backed by Mayor Jean Quan, was formally rolled out at the beginning of the year.

Police say these redeployments—made last year—were always meant to be temporary.

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Serious crimes in the city, including homicides and burglaries, are up 21 percent from this time last year.

KCBS’ Phil Matier Comments:

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