Schaaf said she has seen other cities like Los Angeles and New York significantly reduce their crime rate, and feels that Oakland can do the same.
San Leandro police officers and other staff members assigned to work in the field are now equipped with video camera devices worn on the front of their uniform shirts.
25 recruits began their training this week as part of the city’s first-ever Community Service Officer program.
BART police have begun enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying down or sitting with legs extended at Powell Street Station Monday with plans to expand the ordinance to all BART stations, prompting many homeless people to move elsewhere.
The new overtime plan is expected to be implemented in the next week or two and would require some officers to work 2-3 hours of overtime on days when staffing is below minimum levels.
Libby Schaaf and Noel Gallo are both questioning why the police department is significantly below its budgeted staffing level.
Three Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officers who shot and killed a knife-wielding man during a SWAT standoff last summer were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Taking their cue from tweets bashing the New York Police Department, Twitter critics of police in the Bay Area and Los Angeles have been posting photos of people roughed up or injured in scuffles with officers.
An independent police auditor and former judge delivered her year-end report on the San Jose Police Department, which included a recommendation to fire some officers.
Mayor Osby Davis said there is enough money in the city budget to hire at least 17 new officers.