120 CHP officers to help Oakland and East Bay crack down on crime, Gov. Newsom says

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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California Highway Patrol officers are being deployed by the governor to help Oakland and the East Bay region crack down on crime.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced 120 CHP officers will participate in the law enforcement surge operation. The strategy is to saturate the area with officers and investigators who will work with other law enforcement agencies within Alameda County.

“As crime rates across California decrease — including right across the Bay in San Francisco — Oakland is seeing the opposite trend. What”s happening in this beautiful city and surrounding area is alarming and unacceptable,” Newsom said in a statement. “I’m sending the California Highway Patrol to assist local efforts to restore a sense of safety that the hardworking people of Oakland and the East Bay demand and deserve.”

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao sits down with NBC Bay Area’s Laura Garcia to discuss her three-pronged approach to addressing a crime spike in the East Bay’s largest city.

CHP’s surge operation focuses on targeting auto theft, cargo theft, retail crime, violent crime, and high-visibility traffic enforcement. License plate reader technology and specialized CHP units, including K9s and air support, will also be used during the operation, the governor’s office said.

The move follows calls for state help from local organizations and politicians including the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao. In January, a group of Oakland community leaders traveled to Sacramento and met with the governor in person.

Governor Gavin Newsom has stepped in to help stop rising crime, which he calls “alarming and unacceptable” in Oakland. This comes after a meeting he had with about 20 community members last month, which included the Oakland chapter of the NAACP. NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Aguirre spoke to Bob Harris, who was at that meeting, for some insight.

According to a recent Oakland Police Department crime report, between 2021 and 2023 there was a 21 percent increase in violent crime, a 38 percent increase in robberies and a 45 percent increase in vehicle thefts.

In September, the Newsom administration approved the distribution of over $267 million to local police and sheriff’s departments and district attorney’s offices throughout California to fight organized retail theft. The money went to create task forces, hire and train staff and purchase new technologies. There were 55 awardees, but Oakland received no funds because it missed the application deadline.

In the governor’s Tuesday statement about the surge, Mayor Sheng Thao expressed gratitude.

“The surge of crime and violence that we are seeing in our streets is completely unacceptable,” Thao said. “The City of Oakland is hard at work turning the tide — increasing law enforcement investigations, increasing police recruitment, and investing in community and violence intervention efforts. As we work to improve public safety, I’m grateful for Governor Newsom for providing these critical law enforcement resources that are a game-changer in helping us hold more criminals accountable and make Oakland safer.”

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.