Bishop Frank Pinkard (left) with Chief Howard Jordan. Photo by Richard Cutris of Evergreen Church.
By Post Staff
Police Chief Howard Jordan spoke last Sunday at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, seeking community support for his efforts to curb the high crime rate in Oakland.
Speaking to the congregation, the chief emphasized that he is committed to “reducing crime and providing a safer Oakland through ways and means that increase trust and relationships between the community and their police department.”
“It’s within dialogue, honesty, transparency, and true partnerships that trust is built,” said Jordan.
“Neighborhoods that vocally and firmly communicate intolerance for abhorrent criminal behavior – behavior that damages their neighborhood’s quality of life and the very lives of community members – are neighborhoods that truly share responsibility for setting the standard for safety,” he said.
“They demand a police department to meet the challenge with them. We will answer that challenge and rise with them,” he continued.
Jordan’s visit to Evergreen was one of many heand his staff have recently made to congregations to share this message, according to the department.
“He was letting people in the community know that he’s available for them and aware of their concerns,” said Bishop Frank Pinkard, pastor of Evergreen at 408 W. MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland.
“Unless we support him in his efforts, it’ll be difficult if not impossible for him to achieve success. We got to pull together as a community and collectively address this issue of crime and violence in Oakland,” Pinkard said.
The police department is working with consultants, Robert Wasserman, a former Houston police chief, and Bill Bratton, former New York Police Commissioner, who will help develop strategies for reducing crime.
Among the department’s recent initiatives are redistricting, placing captains in authority for smaller areas to build community-partnered responses to crime, changing in most cases the minimum age of officer applicants to 25 and increasing community-based training.