List Released of Crimes Oakland Police Won’t Respond to After 80 Let Go
July 14, 2010
California (ChattahBox) – As Oakland becomes increasingly violent, with crimes at an all time high, police are needed more than ever. But RAW has reported that the city has let 80 officers go, and instead they are narrowing the crimes that they will be investigating.
The measure is far from surprising; the state is facing major funding problems that are causing cuts in all public sector jobs, and this is probably only the beginning.
But the police force is attempting to fight on with limited manpower and budget slashes, creating a list of offenses they will no longer investigate in person.
Among the list are vehicle accidents, embezzlement, identity theft, sex offender registration, and burglary, which are only some of the wider crimes that will be handled in online reports, not personal calls to the cops.
With these crimes being handled in a more indirect fashion, they hope that violent crime can become the focus, which is sky high in the city.
The police union is far from happy about the loss of jobs on the force, however, and are lobbying for a full reinstatement.