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Video: Officer Overseeing Chicago Police Reforms Named Oakland Chief

January 04, 2017  | 

VIDEO: Officer Overseeing Chicago Police Reforms Named Oakland Chief

After about seven months with no police chief, Mayor Libby Schaaf is expected Wednesday to announce a new top officer for Oakland, the department’s first-ever female chief.

The mayor has named Anne Kirkpatrick, a former police chief of Spokane, WA, as the chief for Oakland, sources told the East Bay Times.

Kirkpatrick is expected to attend a news conference with Schaaf and other officials Wednesday. Hiring Kirkpatrick would be historic. The Oakland Police Department, which has had approximately 38 permanent chiefs since its inception in the mid-1800s, has never had a woman at the helm, according to department records.

Kirkpatrick has most recently worked for the Chicago Police Department, hired in June to oversee reforms resulting from the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald. Previously, she was among the finalists for police chief of Chicago.

Comments (6)

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army @ 1/4/2017 2:20 PM

Too bad. Oakland doesn't need a chief who'll most likely try to reform a great PD.

Chris @ 1/4/2017 3:42 PM

Have fun with Granny Clamplett. She will have you hugging trees in no time.

Ron Martinelli @ 1/4/2017 3:48 PM

Well let me know how that works out....

kevcopaz @ 1/4/2017 6:36 PM

Sorry top say one of the LAST people I would ever consider for the Chief's spot would be anyone involved with the Chicago Police department! That department (I still have name friend with that department) and they will all tell you that the upper Mgt. there is full of political do nothings who all kiss the rear of the Mayor and have no clue how to stop the violence there. Look at Chicago 750murders (more then LA&NY combined)in a year and Oakland chooses someone from there? Lets look at Spokane, a small non important city without any real minority population and little crime. We take a person from there (Mayberry compared to Oakland/Chicago) and now they will be the answer to all of whats going on? Give me a break, The sole reason this person was chosen is very obvious since its the only thing they continue to harp on, she is the first female.Who gives a damn, female male or black or white. This is part of the problem, Mayors and pols are more interest inn looks over substance ! JOKE

Seventies Copper @ 1/4/2017 8:01 PM

The P.C. Chickification of American law enforcement continues. Sad. Glad I'm retired.

glad i'm out @ 1/6/2017 2:38 PM

What a command presence!! You can tell right away she's a "no nonsense" individual. The criminals in Oakland, and there are a lot of them, must be quaking (probably from laughter.) The uniform should NOT look like a Halloween costume. This stuff has to stop.

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