Oakland Police Update on 30-Day Plan to Address Gun Violence as City Sees Latest Murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Police Department will update the public Tuesday on its efforts to reduce violence in the city.

It comes as the city grapples with an increase in violent crime and shootings.

During the 11 a.m. press conference, Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong will provide an update on his 30-day plan to address gun violence. Chief Armstrong is also expected to discuss new grants for the department.

A recently retired chief of the Oakland Police Department told ABC7 News that crime has gotten worse in his more than 20 years on the force.

Deputy Chief Chris Bolton retired from the Oakland Police Department a few months ago. He has serious concerns about how Bay Area police departments like Oakland will be able to attract new recruits and keep them.

He spoke to ABC7 Insider Phil Matier about some of the challenges in policing today.

“Crime is on the rise. I think police departments have to deal with this increase in violent crime and serious crime,” Bolton said. “In addition to the difficulties of hiring, staffing, recruiting, keeping people in jobs.”

Bolton tells Mathier he thinks the anti-police rhetoric is the highest since at least the late sixties.

Meanwhile, Oakland faces another homicide Monday afternoon.

Officers found a man who had been shot in the 1400 block of 96th Avenue. Medical personnel treated him but he did not survive.

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