Oakland police


Tue August 12, 2014
Cops & Courts

What does it take to be a cop in Oakland?

Officer Nicholas Ramos gets his new badge from his father.
Kyung Jin Lee KALW

After years of struggle, the Oakland Police Department is finally getting some positive news. Crime rates are down in all major categories, including murder, robberies, and burglaries. And they’re getting closer than ever to meeting federally mandated reforms from more than a decade ago.

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Wed January 29, 2014
Cops & Courts

What’s it like to manage the Oakland Police Department?

OPD Assistant Chief, Paul Figueroa
Kyung Jin Lee


Wed September 4, 2013


Wed August 28, 2013
Cops & Courts

Oakland residents organize to fight crime

Under CC license from Flickr user bikesniffer

Just a few weeks ago, 12 people were shot and three killed within a 24-hour period  in Oakland. It’s a snapshot of a difficult reality that some residents are facing there - which includes robberies being up 30 percent from this time last year. Even in traditionally safer neighborhoods like Rockridge, residents are scared to go out at night.

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Wed July 18, 2012
Cops & Courts

Reforming the Oakland Police Department

Flickr user alxndr

Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, two things shaped the Oakland Police Department.  The city had one of the highest crime rates in California, and four police officers calling themselves the “Riders” beat, robbed, and framed hundreds of residents in the flatlands of Oakland. For years the officers were praised for sweeping drugs from the rough streets of West Oakland. But in 2000 over 100 plaintiffs came forward and accused the “Riders” of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.

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