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Oakland Mayor to Rehire Ten Laid Off Officers

Oakland Mayor to Rehire Ten Laid Off Officers

Mayor Jean Quan is shifting resources to the Police Dept.

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

February 01, 2011

OAKLAND – Oakland Mayor Jean Quan announced Monday that she would rehire 10 of the 80 officers the City Council laid off in July, one step in what she portrayed as a comprehensive effort to make the Police Department a top priority.

Quan said she would assign computer technicians to the Police Department and prioritize patrol car repairs. She also announced that long-standing problems with patrol car radios had been fixed.

The bevy of changes came just days after Police Chief Anthony Batts questioned the city’s dedication to lowering crime and suggested it might prompt him to leave. He said Monday that Quan’s moves were reassuring.

“The mayor has taken a very aggressive stance on the issues I’ve brought up,” he said, with Quan sitting beside him. “I hope the officers see the city is going in the right direction, working together, to make sure their workplace and environment is the best.”

Batts said he would decide by the end of the week what his future intentions would be. Quan has said she wants Batts to stay.

“I’m going to send him a valentine, too,” she joked.

Batts apologized if he offended anyone by his criticism of department resources last week.

“Sometimes you have to stand up and say some very tough things,” he said, adding that he was meeting with a variety of city residents and leaders to make sure no bridges were burned.

“I may have stepped on toes,” he said. “I have to make sure those relationships are still there and that we can all move forward as a city.”

The police department has been steadily losing officers for two years, going from a high of 837 in 2008 to 656 today.

The plan was to allow the force to reach 639 officers through retirements and transfers. Quan said she hopes to instead make 666 officers the new baseline.

“If it’s true, that’s very encouraging,” said Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, president of the Oakland Police Officers Association.

City Council President Larry Reid and Council Public Safety Committee Chair Pat Kernighan said they were committed to supporting Quan’s plan.

Quan also announced that four officers were promoted to sergeant last week, increasing officer supervision on the street – a key element in a controversial settlement agreement that has hung over the department.


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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    I'm glad for them. Terrible to not have a job... Plus, obviously the streets will be safer.

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    PAproud

    over 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    A computer tech might not be able to prioritize repairs, but I know that without a working computer in the car, I'm almost out of service; I can't get my calls shipped down, I can't right reports in the car, and I can't check anything without tying up airtime. It can quickly get frustrating.

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    patrickalders1

    over 3 years ago

    244 Comments

    I am just lost how a computer tech/admin person will be able priortize vehicle repairs?? I have worked doing mechanic work in the military and our folks that worked the desk for us making sure things were done right on paper would be lost in the shop so I am lost that would work. I am sure the officers know there vehicles better than anyone or would hope they would.

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    janus41

    over 3 years ago

    378 Comments

    Im glad there are still a few politicians who care about the police officers! Its a shame in my city, the fire dept isnt losing any of its members, WTF.

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    bobska

    over 3 years ago

    660 Comments

    I agree, rehire all of the troops!!! The city sure could use them!

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Rehiring 12% of the officers is possibly a very small start. 666 is the mark of the Devil. I would not use that as the new baseline.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Bump Frank! You think they could've gone 667. At least they are moving in the right direction.

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    stevemaynard

    over 3 years ago

    164 Comments

    Still 70 guys out there. And a city in dire need of police officers.

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    servingproud

    over 3 years ago

    4654 Comments

    Rehire all the troops.........

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    BrooklynHillsCop

    over 3 years ago

    664 Comments

    666...? Gotta love it... LOL.

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    Daysend

    over 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    On another note, I am kind of hoping we take punishments back to the dark ages. Steal an apple, lose a hand.

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    Daysend

    over 3 years ago

    902 Comments

    Thats what made America what it is today. The kind of guts that makes a man a man. He's got what it takes to stand up and say it for all to hear. Thats what will improve America and make life better for all of us.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23294 Comments

    About time. Bring the rest back. Give them hell chief.

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    TrafficCop28

    over 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    We're fighting for our lives out here, although I'm glad to hear about these 10 officers, there needs to be more added to combat the crime on the streets. After losing 200 officers, criminals are winning the fight and these officers are fighting hard. Keep up the fight.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    They need to hire them back at their pay status when they were laid off. I bet the mayor failed to mention they wouldn't do that. Typical politics.

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