OAKLAND (KCBS)— Oakland police announced a $2 million grant to bolster what they say are proven violence reduction strategies.
According to police, crime is down in Oakland this year compared to last, with homicides down 21 percent and street robberies seeing a 37-percent decline.
Police Chief Sean Whent said part of the $2 million will go towards gun tracing and gun comparison, which means they’ll be attempting to link guns to crimes and follow through on analysis until it leads to suspects.
“Gun tracing has a lot of data input. The comparison is lab work, which we’ve been working on trying to build up our lab capacity. We’ve got the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] actually helping us out now on a part-time basis and I’ve added additional staff in the lab already to work on this. We’re seeing the potential of it already,” Whent said.