Data shows Oakland police are overworked

June 18, 2010 10:22:14 AM PDT
Even as the Oakland police department is bracing for budget cuts and layoffs, statistics show its officers are overworked compared with their counterparts in other cities.

The Oakland Tribune obtained the data that's being prepared for the chief's strategic plan. It compares the Oakland force to nine other police departments in the state's largest cities. It shows Oakland had 24 homicides per 100,000 residents last year. The other cities had an average of six.

The number of calls for service for an average Oakland patrol officer was 787 last year. In the other cities it was 465.