Oakland Police Department Disparity Reduction Measures and Diversity Enhancement

Publish Date: May, 20 2020

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The Oakland Police Department has implemented many measures over the last several years to improve internal investigations of misconduct and the discipline process, and to enhance recruiting, hiring and training. Some of the measures resulted from recommendations made in the Swanson reports issued between 2015 and 2017 and others have been implemented more recently. Concerns about internal disparities raised by stakeholders and Hillard Heintze, during the course of their study, raised the seriousness of the issue. In response, the Department has more recently made changes to Internal Affairs Division staffing, advanced recruiting and hiring efforts to improve equity in the processes, and is re-engineering the Academy and Field Training programs to align with more progressive practices.