Oakland's new Mayor Libby Schaaf spends first day with OPD

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland's new mayor is giving the police department her complete attention on her first full day on the job.

Mayor Libby Schaaf has been learning the ins and outs of the police department all day Tuesday and plans to continue meeting with them until midnight.

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She's addressed incoming shifts, met department staff and even went on ride-alongs with officers.

Schaaf praised Oakland Police Department Chief Sean Whent, but would not promise to retain him long term.

"The city administrator technically makes the hiring and firing decisions of the department heads. I look for performance and right now, Chief Whent is doing a fine job of reducing crime and that is what matters the most to me," Schaaf said.

Schaaf says her priority is to increase police staffing and institute community policing.