When I started running for Mayor five years ago, Oakland was ranked the second most violent city in America. Today, it’s off the top ten.
We’ve seen improved safety — last year was our safest since 2005 — by:
- Significantly reduced crime, with increased violence intervention resources and police staffing. Comparing last year with just 5 years ago, homicides are down 42%; shootings down 50%; armed robberies down 55%; and home burglaries down 62%!
- Working to end racial profiling by reforming police risk management practices and adopting a cutting edge early warning system; transforming training and policies according to recommendations from our ground-breaking work with Stanford to end police racial profiling. These changes have produced significant drops in police use of force, police misconduct claims, and discretionary stops of African Americans since implementing our Precision Policing Policy. Recently, we seated Oakland’s first Citizen Police Commission – the strongest and most independent commission of its kind.
- Defended and strengthened our Sanctuary City policies, by ending all assistance to ICE, funding ICE Rapid Response as well as education and legal assistance to those facing deportation, and standing up against Trump and Session’s attacks.
I will continue to strengthen neighborhood policing that prevents crime by building trust, identifying the specific needs of our neighborhoods, and intervening before crimes even occur. As Mayor, I’ll continue to double down on addressing the root causes of crime by creating better education and employment opportunities, particularly for our youth. We will:
- Work toward an additional 10% Reduction in violent crime EVERY year until we get to zero through a holistic approach — including prevention, intervention and addressing root causes.
- Continue to strengthen neighborhood policing that prevents crime by building trust, identifying the specific needs of our neighborhoods, and intervening before crimes even occur.