Jerry Brown holds meetings on soaring Oakland homicide
Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. File photo.
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
March 1, 2006
OAKLAND (BCN) - Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown is holding
meetings today to address two urgent Police Department issues:
how to fight a recent spike in homicides and how to hire more
Brown's spokesman, Gil Duran, said Brown is meeting this morning
with Police Chief Wayne Tucker, City Administrator Deborah Edgerly
and personnel officials to discuss ways of luring more police
officers to Oakland so the city can solve its problem of having
a shortage of officers.
Duran said that at 2 p.m. Brown will go to the Police Department
to have an "all hands" meeting with police officers
and brass to discuss a plan to redeploy officers to fight a recent
crime wave in Oakland.
Duran said there has been "a surge in crime" of all
kinds, including homicides.
After three murders last weekend, Oakland has had 19 homicides
so far this year, which is more than double the total of seven
killings at this time last year.
Duran said Brown, Tucker and police command staff will hold a
news conference at the Police Department at 3 p.m. to discuss
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