Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf asks Governor Gavin Newsom for report readers to extend CHP presence to curb crime – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Amid a spike in violence in Oakland, including the highest number of murders in years, Mayor Libby Schaaf called on Governor Gavin Newsom to provide additional help containing crime.
“Tragically, Oakland continues to suffer from increasing violence. This year Oakland has seen more combined shootings and murders than we have seen in over a decade, ”Schaaf said in a letter to Newsom on Monday.
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In her letter, the mayor referred to the 131 murders that year, sideshow violence and retail thefts, and an increase in armed robberies and car thefts.
Schaaf urged Newsom to consider installing license plate readers and vehicle recognition cameras along entrances and exits to highways. The mayor said those who commit violent crimes mainly drive in stolen vehicles or with license plates reversed.
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“The need for a system that captures vehicle descriptions and alerts law enforcement agencies to vehicles associated with violent crime in real time has never been more evident. Such technology can multiply law enforcement efforts in a focused, intelligence-gathering manner while balancing the community’s vital privacy interests, “the Mayor said.
The Mayor also reiterated a request for additional presence from California Highway Patrol units, particularly on Oakland State Highways.
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Last week, in the wake of the recent violence, Oakland City Council voted to vacate the posts of police officers and fund two more police academies. The academies would add 60 officers, bringing the department’s staffing back to 737 posts.