Oakland Police Dept. too busy to respond to all calls

April 8, 2012 7:59:44 PM PDT
Despite having fully staffed citywide Friday night, the Oakland Police Department was still unable to meet a high demand for service, police said.

By 6:30 p.m. Friday, the police department had 125 standing calls for service with officers already actively working on 17 priority calls throughout the city, police said. By 8:30 p.m., a total of 146 calls were standing.

"We regret that we were unable to meet the demand during peak periods, and will review causes and potential solutions to mitigate future occurrences," read a statement from the department Saturday morning.

To avoid making phone calls for service, the police department asks community members to place non-emergency requests online when possible.

Depending on the circumstances of the incident or crime, residents may make requests for reports, non-emergency calls or follow-up services at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/OPD/s/scr/index.htm.


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