Tuesday, July 20, 2010

In Oakland, 911 Calls Now for Crimes in Progress

from San Jose Mercury News
by Cecily Burt and Harry Harris

OAKLAND — Call 911 when someone is breaking into your home and an officer will come. Call 911 after the burglar has gone, and you'd better hope the thief didn't steal your computer.

Oakland residents are waking up to the reality of the new, post-layoff Oakland Police Department, and it's not pleasant. Eighty police officers lost their jobs Tuesday after the city and the police union failed to agree on how to save them within the confines of the city's ongoing budget crisis.

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