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Anthony Batts resigns as Oakland police chief

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

imageThere were those who didn’t figure Anthony Batts would stick around long after the stir at City Hall last year over his being a candidate for the San Jose chief’s job—that went to someone else. And today he announced he’s leaving, likely in a few weeks. An email sent to the rank and file hints at dissatisfaction over not having free reign to run the resource-thin department, which is down to 651 officers. Via the Oakland Tribune:

"I answered the call for a reform-minded chief; a leader with a focus on community policing and high professional standards. I was told Oakland residents were looking for a strong, visible leader to engage the community and reduce violent crime. My goal was to help rebuild a once proud, professional department, geared toward crime reduction and community services."


Now, he said, "rather than a chief managing a diverse department of law enforcement professionals making the streets of Oakland safe, I found myself with limited control, but full accountability."

He added, "The landscape has changed radically over the past two years with new and different challenges."

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