Oakland Police headquarters to get security upgrade

After two recent safety concerns, the Oakland Police Department has had to put a new security measures in place at its HQ.

April 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two recent safety scares have prompted the Oakland Police Department to step up security at its headquarters.

It used to be, people visiting the downtown building could access virtually every floor, at any time of the day.

Now, all visitors must have an appointment and be escorted to and from secure floors.

All staff must also wear a photo ID.

"We want to remain very user friendly to the community, however, we have to balance that with building security. We may be one of the most insecure police departments in the country, so we have to fix that," says Oakland Police spokeswoman Holly Joshi.

Last month, a man was shot by police outside headquarters after damaging half a dozen squad cars using a shotgun and a hatchet. And then on Friday, another man drove a rental truck into the police parking lot and ran off.

The incident prompted a bomb scare and evacuations.