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Mayor Quan on Oakland crime: adding enough cops an uphill climb

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mayor Jean Quan spent the first third of her State of the City speech yesterday talking about crime. That was a lot different than a year ago, when she didn’t get around to police matters until the end of her speech. But while the mayor touted what her administration has done and is doing to combat Oakland’s crime problem, here’s the likely bottom line as reported in the Merc’s Oakland Tribune edition:

Quan warned that it would take "an amazing boom" for Oakland to have enough money to achieve its goal of growing the Police Department from the current staffing of 611 officers back to 800 within five years.

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