Kamala Harris has sent special agents to Oakland in an effort to stop violence in the streets.
The Oakland Police Department will soon re-hire eight more of the officers laid off last year because of budget cuts, Police Chief Anthony Batts said.
A handful of police officers from Oakland, Alameda and BART are the first to complete crisis intervention training to help de-escalate from potentially violent situations with the mentally ill.
Severe budget cuts have led the Oakland Police Department to solicit outside donations to pay for new touch screen computers that have been replacing older laptops in its patrol vehicles.
Jeff Godown said Thursday he’s accepted a job as deputy chief in charge of the department’s criminal investigations division.
That’s part of the deal that passed the City Council, but the hiring will barely keep pace with the attrition rate on the police force.
The Oakland Police Officer’s Association has ratified a contract that includes a pension cut, two-tiered pay scale system and will also allow for the rehiring of 22 officers laid off last year.
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said he wants to “build an organization that’s fast, bold and quick” even though the number of officers in the department has dropped dramatically.
The former BART officer convicted last summer in the fatal shooting of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant will be released from jail on Monday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
East Oakland residents took to the streets on Friday with the support of Police Chief Batts to take a stand against prostitution and crime.