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Oakland, CA – Why Bother With Cops?

Oakland, CA isn’t a place I’d want to live. I’m sure the climate’s OK and Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, and the Palace of Fine Arts are right across the bay, but the politics aren’t exactly my speed. The crime rate and reactions to unpopular court decisions aren’t the greatest either.

Now the city of Oakland has decided that they might need to cut 80 police from the force and stop responding to some crimes in person to save money.

From NBC Bay Area:

Chief Anthony Batts listed exactly 44 situations that his officers will no longer respond to and they include grand theft, burglary, car wrecks, identity theft and vandalism. He says if you live and Oakland and one of the above happens to you, you need to let police know on-line.

Some 80 officers were to be let go at midnight last night if a last-minute deal was not reached. That’s about ten percent of the work force.

“I came her e to build an organization, not downsize one,” said Batts, who was given the top job in October.

That deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Here’s a partial list:

* burglary
* theft
* embezzlement
* grand theft
* grand theft:dog
* identity theft
* false information to peace officer
* required to register as sex or arson offender
* dump waste or offensive matter
* discard appliance with lock
* loud music
* possess forged notes
* pass fictitious check
* obtain money by false voucher
* fraudulent use of access cards
* stolen license plate
* embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400)
* extortion
* attempted extortion
* false personification of other
* injure telephone/ power line
* interfere with power line
* unauthorized cable tv connection
* vandalism
* administer/expose poison to another’s

Negotiations are going on at Oakland City Hall in the mayor’s office.

My question here is why bother with the cops at all? If they’re not going to do what the Citizens need from you aside from handling the serious crimes such as murder and arson, why even bother? I know ways to stop loud music, especially if the cops won’t come out on a report of interfering with or injuring a power line :wink:


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