Oakland Police Department
Mirroring the national trend, the Bay Area’s biggest cities ended 2013 with some of the lowest numbers of homicides in decades.
Oakland police are hoping that a picture an armed robbery suspect took of himself using his victim’s cellphone will lead to his arrest.
The arrest of a 13-year-old boy for the carjacking of a 78-year-old man in Downtown Oakland on Friday is prompting reflection as the police department has noticed an increase in these types of incidents.
The Oakland Police Department started a new lateral academy Tuesday designed to help rebuild its understaffed force. While city officials had hoped between eight and 15 recruits would sign up, only four officers have enrolled.
Changes at the Oakland Police Department recommended by New York Police Commissioner William Bratton have dramatically reduced crime in the city, city officials said.
Praise for the positive impact of a re-organization that put more investigative resources at the disposal of local police captains came after officials in New York City announced Bratton would once again lead the department there.
Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.
While daily headlines may not reflect it, crime in Oakland is down, including the murder rate and armed robberies, according to Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent – who credits the department’s focus on the city’s worst offenders.
A fundraiser to hire private security guards in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood has raised thousands of dollars as a short-term solution to rising crime in the area.
Police in Oakland are investigating a Friday afternoon drive-by shooting where a 2-year-old boy was shot in the upper body and critically injured while he was playing near the sidewalk.
When you call 911, you expect to get connected directly to a dispatcher who can send help your way. People who call for help from cellphones in one Bay Area city said that is not happening.