Thu March 5, 2015

Daily news roundup for Thursday, March 5th

A crowd listens to representatives from Maximus Real Estate Partners
Laura Wenus

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

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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


Tue November 5, 2013
Cops & Courts

Meet Oakland’s new Area 3 and its commander

Ricardo Orozco, Area 3 Captain, OPD
Oakland Police Department

Oakland Police Captain Ricardo Orozco says he’s living his dream of being a cop.

“Ever since I was a small boy, the show that I always liked to watch was Adam 12,” he says, referring to a TV show featuring LAPD officers.

These days, living the dream means managing a cadre of officers in the central part of Oakland. As of June, the city is broken up into five regions, each led by an area commander. A 26-year veteran of the force, Orozco heads Area 3, which includes some of the city’s most expensive zip codes, as well as some of its lower-income ones.

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Wed September 18, 2013
Cops & Courts

East Bay Express: Frazier blocks police reforms

For the better part of two decades, Oakland residents have often objected to the city's process for taking complaints about police officers. Under the city's system, residents who want to make a complaint against a particular officer must make that complaint to a uniformed cop working for OPD's Internal Affairs Division. For some, the setup was intimidating, and it also bred cynicism because internal affairs routinely dismissed most of the complaints.

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