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Sean Whent

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Oakland Police Department Gets 47 New Officers From Big Recruiting Class

Forty-seven new officers joined the Oakland Police Department on Friday in a graduation ceremony for what the department said was the largest recruiting class in its history.

04/04/2014

Police outside the scene of a home invasion robbery and shooting on the 4100 block of Laguna Ave. in Oakland, January 28, 2014.  (CBS)

Oakland Police Make Arrests In Home Invasion Robbery, Weekend Homicide

Oakland police announced on Monday that they made arrests in connection with a weekend homicide and a home invasion robbery last month in which a woman was shot and wounded.

02/10/2014

An Oakland Police patrol car sits in front of the Oakland Police headquarters. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Independent Monitor Says Oakland Police Falling Behind In Reform Measures

An independent monitor appointed to review court-ordered reforms for the Oakland Police Department says the agency is falling behind in its efforts.

01/22/2014

Police on the scene after seven people were shot near 96th Avenue and Olive Street on November 25, 2013. (CBS)

Oakland Multiple Shooting Began At Birthday Party Gathering; Reward Offered

Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.

11/26/2013

Police at the scene of a triple shooting in Oakland that left 1 dead and 2 hospitalized in April. (CBS)

Oakland Crime Rate Steadily Drops As Cops Focus On Violent Offenders, Police Chief Says

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.

11/21/2013

Weapons confiscated during a joint US Marshals-Oakland Police raid (US Marshals/OPD)

Oakland Plans Gun Buyback Event

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Police Chief Sean Whent and community leaders said Wednesday that they hope a gun buyback event planned for next month will take a significant number of guns off of the city’s streets.

11/21/2013

Oakland shooting victim Drew Jackson (Jackson Family/Facebook)

Oakland Boosts ‘Operation Ceasefire’ After Baby, Father Killed

Hours after a young father and his infant son were shot and killed while sleeping inside an East Oakland home, city leaders said they are looking to local youth to help solve the city’s crime problems.

08/08/2013

Protesters are tear-gassed by police during a rally for International Worker's Day on May 1, 2012 in Oakland. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Oakland Moves Forward With Plan To Ban Hammers, Shields At Protests

After a marathon meeting that ended early Wednesday morning, the Oakland City Council voted to approve the first step to banning protestors from bringing “tools of violence” to demonstrations.

07/31/2013

Oakland Protest

Oakland Chief Admits ‘Intelligence Failure’ In Handling Of Zimmerman Protest

Oakland Interim Police Chief Sean Whent said the department made mistakes in the handling of the initial protest the night of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

07/24/2013

Police follow protesters in Oakland Monday night. (CBS)

Oakland Police Changing Tactics After Zimmerman Protest Violence

Oakland police Chief Sean Whent and Mayor Jean Quan pledged Wednesday that police will change their tactics in future protests to try to prevent the acts of violence that occurred in protests on recent nights.

07/17/2013

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