Police Won't Respond To "Minor" crimes in Oakland
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 13:59 Tuesday, 13 July 2010 13:43
The Oakland police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned. Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism.
80 officers were to be let go at midnight last night if a last-minute deal was not reached.Â That's about ten percent of the work force.
"I came here to build an organization, not downsize one," said Batts, who was given the top job in October.
Someone might want to tell him exactly how much the police force has grown in Oakland over the past 10 years. 80 jobs would barely put a dent in the number of new officers hired in that period.Â Since Oakland continues to claim a reduced crime rate one can argue these 80 officers really haven't had that much to do anyway. Logic follows that 10 years ago fewer officers were responding to more crime.Â
This threat is nothing more than the unions and bureaucracy trying to scare the public into funding their already bloated budgets.Â Here is a list of "minor" crimes the Police Chief says he will no longer cover:
OC woman sentenced for sending threatening texts
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 14:01 Saturday, 10 July 2010 12:13
Prosecutors say Jeanne Mundango Manunga told police her former boyfriend and his sister-in-law were behind the threats. They were arrested on false charges and required to post thousands of dollars in bail.
Manunga was sentenced Friday in Santa Ana Superior Court. She was convicted in May of three felony counts of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit and two misdemeanor counts of making a false police report.