Jordan: Community’s Help Needed to Stop Killings

Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan.

Howard Jordan, newly hired as Oakland’s police chief, this week asked the community to step forward to help halt a recent rise in violent crime.
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, he said in a week  the city has seen 20 shootings, five of them homicides, and so far this year, there have been 14 homicides, two more than at this time last year.
Jordan blamed much of the violence on disputes between two rival groups in West Oakland and two other groups in East Oakland.
Most of the killings are committed by people who are involved in other types of illegal activity, he said.
 “Quite simply, that is unacceptable. I want to make Oakland one of the safer large cities in California,” he said. “The department cannot do it alone.”
Describing local efforts to control crime, Jordan says the police department is partnering with the U.S. Marshals Service to track down fugitives and with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to trace illegal guns.
Shotspotter, a technology that detects and locates the source of gunshots is helping police respond more quickly to violent incidents, he said. In addition,   people can call the number at 510-517-8793 to leave anonymous tips about illegal gun sales.

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