Oakland police chief unveils new department plan

February 18, 2010 7:54:56 PM PST
Oakland's police chief unveiled an ambitious new vision for his department on Thursday.

Chief Anthony Batts wants Oakland to be one of the safest big cities in the state in the next five years.

He says the department should provide high quality service, be trusted, respected and valued. He also wants the community and police to work together to solve concerns and he says the department should be a supportive and positive place for its employees.

"This is a rebirth for the police department. This is a new beginning for our police department. This is where we start off, this is a foundation, that we turn this police department around and we turn around the City of Oakland at the same time," said Batts.

Batts says he has already moved 30 officers from desk jobs to patrol cars and he says there has already been a 26 percent reduction in crime.


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