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Feb 29, 2024

Auto Attendant System for Non-Emergency Police Calls

This month, the City of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department (OPD) launched a new auto attendant system for OPD’s non-emergency line, aiming to enhance communication services.

The move comes in response to the escalating demand for streamlined communication, particularly after managing more than 430,000 calls to OPD’s non-emergency number in 2023, nearly 34% of all calls handled by OPD’s communications division.

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Feb 21, 2024

Arrest Made and Firearms Recovered

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) recovered multiple firearms, including an assault rifle, extended magazines, and ammunition, during an arrest on February 20, 2024.

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Feb 20, 2024

OPD is Investigating a Hate Crime

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) is investigating a hate crime. On February 19, 2024, just before 12:30 PM, officers were dispatched to the 500 block of El Embarcadero to investigate a report of vandalism to City of Oakland property.

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Darren Allison

Interim Chief Of Police

Over a 25-year career, Interim Chief Darren Allison has served in many of the Oakland Police Department's assignments commensurate with his increasing rank. His assignments include Patrol, Community Policing, the Crime Reduction Team, Criminal Investigations, the Inspector General’s Office, Special Operations, the Tactical Team (SWAT), Internal Affairs Division, and Area Command.

In 2016, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Field Operations, in charge of patrol, community policing, and crime reduction for three districts. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Chief, responsible for overall Department operations. He oversees the Bureau of Field Operations, Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Risk Management, Bureau of Services, and the Ceasefire Strategy.

Assistant Chief Allison earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in Leadership and Organizational Studies. He completed the CA POST Management Course, graduated from the FBI National Academy (236), and attended the PERF Senior Management Institute for Policing. He is a graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Police Executive Leadership Institute (Session VII), and FBI National Executive Institute (Session 43).

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