Oakland unveils proven crime fighting plan
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
August 3, 2006
OAKLAND (BCN) - Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and police
Chief Wayne Tucker today announced their latest effort to reduce
the city's crime rate.
Speaking at a news conference at the Oakland Police Department,
Brown and Tucker said "Operation Ceasefire'' would combine
tough new enforcement efforts with offers of employment training
and assistance to those who stop their violent ways.
Deputy Chief Howard Jordan, who is heading the operation, said
it has four phases.
In the first phase, the Police Department would identify Oakland's
top 100 criminal offenders.
Jordan said during the second phase, police would bring in those
100 people to discuss the consequences of continued criminal activity
but also programs that he said would help them if they decide
to stop committing crimes and become more responsible citizens.
Jordan said in the third and fourth phases, those who choose
the criminal path would be subject to severe punishment under
state and federal laws, but those who choose otherwise would be
offered job training and counseling.
Jordan said Operation Ceasefire is modeled on an identically
named program in Boston that was credited with reducing juvenile
homicide significantly in that city. It has also been used in
other cities, he said.
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