Just when you thought Oakland publicity couldnt get any lower, it does. Oaklands Chief of Police, Anthony Bates, held a press conference to announce the minimizing of the cities 911 services. As if crime wasn’t rampant enough. Oakland’s Chief of Police say they don’t have enough cops to go around, so don’t bother to call them for any one of these 44 crimes.
The Oakland Police Department plans to layoff more than 80 police officers if negotiations can’t be reached by midnight.
Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, vehicle collision, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live in Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know online.
Here’s a partial list:
* grand theft
* grand theft:dog
* identity theft
* false information to peace officer
* required to register as sex or arson offender
* dump waste or offensive matter
* discard appliance with lock
* loud music
* possess forged notes
* pass fictitious check
* obtain money by false voucher
* fraudulent use of access cards
* stolen license plate
* embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
* attempted extortion
* false personification of other
* injure telephone/ power line
* interfere with power line
* unauthorized cable tv connection
* administer/expose poison to another
Some 80 officers will be let go at midnight if a last-minute deal is not reached. That is about a tenth of the force. Negotiations are going on at Oakland City Hall today in the mayor’s office.
According to Bossip Batts said the 80 officers slated to be laid off – mostly new officers – are “pretty sad and pretty depressed,” and those feelings are shared by the Police Department as a whole.