Parole, probation checks conducted at Acorn housing project

May 31, 2013 11:45:37 AM PDT
Just a few weeks after a massive raid at the Acorn housing project, officers were back again Friday morning in an ongoing effort to reduce violence.

It was a massive show of law enforcement. The FBI tells me this was a joint, multi-agency operation carried out by Oakland police, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service, the CHP, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, and more.

The task force conducted parole and probation compliance checks at the housing complex at Filbert and 8th streets. They were also canvassing the neighborhood in an ongoing effort to reduce violent crime in an area that tends to see a lot of violent crime.

"At this point we don't have any arrests, but we did reach out to the neighborhood and hopefully we'll have good outcome from this," FBI spokesperson Julianne Sohn said. "You know, we urge people if they have any information come forward and please note that any tips that you give us will be confidential and anonymous."

The ongoing effort includes "Operation Cease Fire," another massive raid in April that was carried out at the housing project and elsewhere in the East Bay. That was a very different scenario and outcome.

Police say that raid targeted a gang based in the complex that is allegedly responsible for many shootings and other acts of violence in the city.

In that instance, at least a dozen crime suspects with gang ties were arrested. Law enforcement served multiple high-risk search warrants, twenty of them in Oakland alone.

The FBI called Friday's activity a show of commitment to Oakland and specifically the Acorn community that they are there to help and keep things safe.

(Bay City News contributed to this report)

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