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  •  Couldn't find any racial breakdown of OPD... (2+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, Horace Boothroyd III

    So this is totally anecdotal, but I would say that compared to the city's racial composition, officers in Oakland are over-represented by white officers (~30% of city residents), but that there are a significant number of Black and Latino officers as well. Probably not the 28% and 25% those groups make up in terms of the city population, but there are a goodly amount.

    I would also say Asian officers are probably well under-represented in terms of their population in the city (~17%), and it seems like they could use a lot more officers who speak Vietnamese. Over the past few years, there's been a continuing influx of Vietnamese immigrants and businesses coming into East Oakland, between 5th Ave and Fruitvale.

    •  90% of OPD is from outside Oakland (3+ / 0-)

      which in my eyes is about as damning as any racial make up could be.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:31:44 AM PDT

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      •  Well, I think officers should be encouraged (3+ / 0-)
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        AoT, Horace Boothroyd III, Shockwave

        Ideally, you'd want police officers living in the neighborhoods they work in, but absent some type of incentive, you're just not going to get get a lot of officers living in the rougher parts of town.

        So then, if a cop is living in the hills or in Rockridge or something, I am not sure that increases any community attachment or civic responsibility towards, say, the East Oakland flatlands. Just my own two cents, anyway.

        Frankly, I'd be fine with providing a small stipend to officers to live in their patrol beats. That way, even off-duty, the cop is constantly interacting with the people who live and work in the neighborhood. Along with a recruiting policy that actively seeks out people from the community, I think that would be worth considering.

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