Oakland’s police chief is making some dire claims about what his force will and will not respond to if layoffs go as planned.

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 here to build an organization, not downsize one,” said Batts, who was given the top job in October. 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

I feel safer already, I mean, this is Oakland after all.




  1. A380 says:

    This is nothing more than the police trying to scare people into not getting laid off. Plain and simple.

    Typical cop tactics: Scare people into giving us more money.

  2. tcc3 says:

    I cant help but notice all the revenue generators like speeding and property seizure didn’t make the list. Hmmm.

  3. SparkyOne says:

    Jobs, jobs, jobs…I found work, tax free!

  4. ECA says:

    I find it entertaining to find that OUR PROPERTY TAX MONEY, is going WHERE??

    this has to be the FAULT of NEW math, taught in the 70’s and 80’s..
    Police.
    Personnel x wages + 10% kickback..
    Fire..
    Personnel x wages +10% kickback..
    Roads..
    Cost of materials+workers+paperwork+10% kickback.

    NOW lets cut costs..
    fire 1, MORE PROFIT
    FIRE 2, MORE profit..
    FIRE 80, WE MAKE BUCKS..

    but where is the money going??

  5. Lou says:

    I would have let Batts go. He has a lame attitude. Just more BS from the PD.

  6. LDA says:

    “… if you live and Oakland and…”? [sic.]!

  7. The0ne says:

    I seriously don’t get it. If they need money that bad why don’t they issue tickets out to drivers. LA made millions and millions of money doing this. It’s a win-win for everyone, granted you are ticking people who broke the law.

    So when I see something like this I can scarcely believe what anyone is saying. SD has considered doing the same thing LA but I’ve yet to see much activity (I live around 3 PD within 10mile range lol). I hope our PD does consider it though. We need the officers and we need to rid bad drivers.

  8. Jim Smith says:

    See, the Mexicans came here. Now we are like Mexico! No jobs, broke, no taxes for rich, no police, crappy schools, drugs, guns everywhere, every man for himself.

  9. Riker17 says:

    Chief Batts should resign for failing to do his job and every Oakland resident should arm themselves for self-protection.

  10. Brian says:

    I think that every Oakland redsident is already armed. That’s why there are so many murders there. Anyway, the whole thing sounds like a protection racket. Nothing new for Oakland. Nepotism and corruption are nothing new there.

  11. Dave says:

    Oakland PD currently doesn’t respond to many items on that list. I recently reported breakin in my building. Had photos of the perps, their car and license plate. I discovered the perps car the next day in a West Oakland ‘hood and my neighbor reported the location – nothing happened. During a follow up phone call with the OPD, they said they hadn’t opened the case. How’s that for police work?

    The SEIU (union) just called my house and wanted me to let them forward my call to council member Nadel so I could tell her to temporarily raise our sales tax another 1/4 percent to pay for the union librarians, city workers and police. I told her that these taxes are never temporary as they always make them permanent. The paid lackey didn’t even hear me say I was against their position and she forwarded me to the council members voice machine anyway.

  12. Oaklander says:

    Oakland PD currently doesn’t respond to many items on that list. I recently reported breakin in my building. Had photos of the perps, their car and license plate. I discovered the perps car the next day in a West Oakland ‘hood and my neighbor reported the location – nothing happened. During a follow up phone call with the OPD, they said they hadn’t opened the case. How’s that for police work?

    The SEIU (union) just called my house and wanted me to let them forward my call to council member Nadel so I could tell her to temporarily raise our sales tax another 1/4 percent to pay for the union librarians, city workers and police. I told her that these taxes are never temporary as they always make them permanent. The paid lackey didn’t even hear me say I was against their position and she forwarded me to the council members voice machine anyway.

  13. soundwash says:

    -talk about lighting a powder keg…half of oakland is like harlem in nyc.

    I lived next door in castro valley for 5yrs…quite familiar with the area..

    sounds like an intentional move to get the national guard in on the action to “assist” -and get the “Police State” ball rolling in earnest…

    -or maybe its to get the residents to “beg” for higher taxes *cough* to stop the layoffs..

    -s

  14. bobbo, student of the haiku says:

    CRIME. Society,
    Unravels so easily
    I’ve got mine, screw you.

  15. deowll says:

    I’m going to make a wild guess that these people are well paid with great benefits?

    I’m going to make a wild guess that the local government is taxing heavy and has no clue about what they actually need to spend the money on to make the place habitable.

    I’m happy I live in TN. You may consider us to be backward but we aren’t that backward.

  16. NelsonOH says:

    Succinctly expressed
    An accurate assessment
    bobbo for the win

  17. Bill says:

    It’s official, the union won’t contribute 4% to their pension.
    Layoffs will follow.

  18. McCullough, I'll see your Haiku and raise you 2 says:

    Night, terror
    Blue pigs fly
    cameras forget not

    OK, just one, that was exhausting.

  19. bobbo, can limericks be far behind says:

    Well Done McCullough
    What form? NelsonOH-Thanks
    And well done yourself.

  20. Camera guy says:

    I am a news photographer based in San Francisco. When I get sent to Oakland, for one of their numerous black on black murders by gun, we refer to it as “misdemeanor homocide”.

  21. gquaglia says:

    The end is truly near.

  22. Zybch says:

    Less cops on the street = lower crime.
    Go figure

  23. Guyver says:

    In a state with the highest tax rates and a problem with its budget? LOL. Should anyone be surprised?

  24. Guyver says:

    Got through e-mail this morning that some may find sobering while others do not (depending on where you lay on the political spectrum). I’m passing this along because the California situation is related:

    Wal-Mart vs. The Morons
    1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.

    2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

    3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

    4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

    5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.

    6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

    7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

    8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

    9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

    10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

    11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

    12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.

    You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.

    This should be read and understood by all Americans Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!
    To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,

    It is now official you are ALL corrupt morons:

    a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.

    b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.

    c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.

    d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor” and they only want more.

    e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.

    f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.

    g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

    You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.

    AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ??

  25. Benjamin says:

    The citizens there need to arm themselves to stop such crimes. Or else just pull all the cops off traffic, drugs, and vice and concentrate on property and violent crimes.

    They don’t need Dodge chargers with expensive computers mounted in them. They don’t need to be doing stings to catch people committing victimless crimes either. They need to do old fashion police work.

  26. Slatts says:

    I find it interesting that the chief wants to build up the police force. Why is it that everyone always thinks that people want more police, surely most people in reality want fewer?
    Personally I would aspire to live in an area that had none, well perhaps one, to give directions. OK I know it’s unlikely that crime will go away completely but that is the type of society that I would aim for, not one with the horrific concept, “A policeman on every corner”.

  27. ECA says:

    The old ways used GROUPS to decide what was happening in the area.
    Gather and discuss what is happening.
    THEN DEAL with it.

  28. Buzz says:

    Operation “Clean Sweep” needs to start in Oakland posthaste.

  29. ilovebill_ofrights says:

    Cops do more harm than good! They have a monopoly. Restore the constitution!


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