California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he is sending 120 California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland to help address rising violent crime in the city.
The officers will conduct a targeted law enforcement surge operation in Oakland and surrounding Alameda County focused on vehicle theft, retail theft and violent crime. The deployment represents a nearly 900% increase in CHP personnel for the county.
Oakland has seen violent crime rise 21%, robbery increase 38% and vehicle theft jump 45% compared to last year, according to preliminary 2023 data. That contrasts with declining crime rates in other major California cities like Los Angeles.
Last summer, the city’s NAACP called on officials to declare a state of emergency over crime in the city, which the organization said had gotten so out of control that “everyone is in danger.” In December, an undercover Oakland police officer was fatally shot while responding to a burglary call at a cannabis dispensary. In January, In-N-Out and Denny’s announced plans to close restaurants along a theft-plagued business corridor near the city’s airport.