Gang Summit

Anthony Batts

The City of Oakland, Oakland Police Department and Department of Justice held a two-day Gang Summit in Oakland this week, focused on the fight against violence in Oakland.
Participants in this by-invitation-only summit include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice ( DOJ), street outreach workers, crisis response groups, and adult and juvenile reentry service providers.  
Intelligence-led policing is the directive of Police Chief Anthony Batts and includes identification of criminals and targeted enforcement.
“Our strategy for reducing violent crime is to have a laser focus on the dangerous gangs who cause the most destruction in our community,”  said Chief Anthony Batts.
“Too many of our young people are dying as a result of gang violence,” said Mayor Dellums. “Public safety is paramount to a healthy community. We understand that public safety is not only a matter of enforcement, but in conjunction with prevention and intervention, we can positively impact the lives of youth, the formerly incarcerated and those involved in gang activity.”
Police are looking to the success of the Salinas Police Department’s work with state and federal law enforcement agencies in which violent street gangs were successfully targeted and dismantled, according to OPD.