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Oakland Chief Resigns, Citing Lack of Resources

October 12, 2011  | 

Two years after taking the job, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts resigned from a department that has lost 150 officers since his arrival.

Chief Batts, 50, said an "overwhelming load of bureaucracy" and a lack of officers and resources to fight Oakland's severe crime problem contributed to his decision to leave a struggling department, which at the time he was hired had 796 officers.

Source: Oakland Tribune

Related: Oakland Chief Tony Batts (podcast)


Comments (6)

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KAMA @ 10/12/2011 7:15 PM

Awfully sad when budgets come before the safety of both the community and its officers.

John @ 10/12/2011 7:39 PM

When are the politicans going to allow the police to do the policing instead of telling them how to do a job they know nothing about? All they think about is the next vote coming up, not what is best for the community. It seems his replacement (maybe not temporarily) will be the usual yesman that the council likes to deal with. Good luck Oakland.

michael @ 10/12/2011 8:31 PM

I think the Chief has had his hands tied since he started. Oakland City Officials want to blame the Police Dept. for all the violence that goes on everyday.
Oakland has become a WAR ZONE and the police officers are doing a great job there. The City Council and Mayor of Oakland need to go out and ride with officers on different shifts to see what really happens. However, I don't think any of them have enough guts too. OPD is a very professional agency with a lot of crap to deal with everyday. The Homicide rate is extremely high and so is violent crimes. The Gangs are very violent and are taking over the city block by block. Officers can only do so much as can the Chief without support of the city leaders. Good Luck OPD

Hugh @ 10/12/2011 8:46 PM

Smart move as Oakland is not worth the headaches.

Janet @ 10/13/2011 7:26 AM

The politicians should allocate monies for the Public Safety first instead of trying to pacify these different organizations of the city. That's why they have fundraisers to raise money for organizations. You have to make the city safe by funding your law enforcement and firefighters first and all this other unnecessary funding should be put off until finances improve.

Cap @ 10/13/2011 7:47 AM

Oaktown is a ghetto, run by ghetto politicians. It is no wonder that they resist augmenting the police department.

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