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Oakland Police Department CA
Wednesday September 19th, 2012 :: 01:09 p.m. PDT


Press Conference Held Regarding Recent Trends in Street Robberies, and 54 Academy Recruits Have Begun their Careers

Prior to a press conference regarding recent robbery trends, Oakland Police Chief Howard A. Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana, and Mayor Jean Quan toured the Department’s police academy facilities while the newest class of 54 Police Officer Trainees was well underway through their first of 27 weeks of academy training.

The new recruits are much needed given current staffing challenges and emergent crime trends. Street robberies, for instance, are on the rise despite enforcement efforts and results:

From August 17 through September 17, OPD has arrested 34 suspects in connection with recent robberies. Since January 1st, we have made arrests in connection with over 850 violent felonies or firearm related offenses.

A majority of these robbery related arrests involved firearms or replica firearms. So far this year, Oakland police officers have recovered more than 560 firearms.

Cell phones and electronic devices are items most commonly taken in street robberies. In addition to following personal safety guidelines, we ask you to make note of serial numbers or install tracking software to assist us in the recovery of these items.

We are also asking the community to assist us by reporting individuals who illegally possess firearms or replica firearms. We know that individuals involved in gun violence are commonly tied to past offenses involving firearm possession or the chronic carrying of firearms due to gang or narcotics related activities. The best way to impact gun violence, and perhaps save the life of someone you know, may be to report gun crime before gun violence occurs. (510) 535-GUNS is established for anonymous tips in addition to normal course of reporting: 911 or (510)777-3211 for emergencies, or (510)777-3333 for non-emergencies.

Oakland Police Department CA
455 7th St
Oakland, CA 94607

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-777-3333

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