Chief Anthony Batts
Officers swearing on the job could be a thing of the past in Oakland if Chief Anthony Batts has his way.
The 25 new officers will mainly focus on patrolling areas near schools and fighting human trafficking in the city.
The Oakland Police Department is facing new scrutiny, as a San Francisco federal judge has questions about police misconduct, nearly a decade after the Riders Case.
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.
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.
After months of problems with its radio communications, the Oakland Police Department is rolling out an entirely new system that will make Oakland one of the first Bay Area cities to be interoperable with other agencies.
The Oakland police chief has ordered officers to ride two-to-a-car until problems with their radio system are fixed.
Budget cuts and layoffs are just two of the challenges facing San Jose’s next chief of police, who could be named by the end of the week.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a hearing Thursday in Oakland over issues of excessive force by police.
The FBI agreed Wednesday to a request from Oakland’s police chief to investigate last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed man by officers.