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Mayor Quan swore in Sean Whent on Wednesday confirming him as Chief of Police of the Oakland Police Department. Photo by Spencer Whitney.

City Hires Sean Whent to Lead Police Department

Mayor Jean Quan announced Tuesday that interim chief Sean Whent will become the new chief of the Oakland Police Department Whent has served as the interim chief since Howard Jordan resigned last May for medical [...]
LondonBreed

OP-ED: City Needs Law Requiring Cell Phones to Be Equipped with a Safety Kill Switch

By Supervisor London Breed A few months ago, an 18-year-old woman—a 5-foot, 110-pound young girl really—was walking to her friend’s house on Eddy Street. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon, when in broad daylight, [...]
In South Africa, the ‘Hard Work of Reconciliation’ Continues

In South Africa, the ‘Hard Work of Reconciliation’ Continues

By Cathy Cockrell, UC Berkeley News Many people alive today are still recovering from wounds suffered during South Africa’s chaotic transition to democracy 20 years ago this month, Berkeley anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes said Tuesday.At a [...]
OPD

City Struggles to Increase Numbers of Police

With public safety consistently a top issue among Oaklanders, many residents are calling for action to reverse long-term understaffing at the Oakland Police Department and the department’s high attrition rate as officers resign or retire.“Right [...]