Oakland needs more support, resources to fight crime surge, chief says

Oakland, California, Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong discusses his virtual meeting with President Joe Biden on gun violence, and how COVID relief funds can be reallocated to fight crime in his city.
3:48 | 06/24/21

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Transcript for Oakland needs more support, resources to fight crime surge, chief says
Let's bring in Oakland's police chief love Ron Armstrong. You took part in president Biden's virtual roundtable this afternoon can you share any details from your talk with the president with us. Well I observed I think it's important. To acknowledge the president's commitment to reducing grandma Alice cross country. I think in Oakland we have seen a huge increase in gun violence and today's announcements for different additional funds to support. Our initiatives to address gun violence is welcome. Particularly when we talk about violence intervention thank you in our street workers. Out on the street doing outreach in our community so really happy about that as well last attracted a firearms. That continue to come into our community. And president Biden announces its 350 billion dollars allocated to states and localities as part of the march. Covert rescue plan can be re allocated. Now to fight crime but in are you that you'll get all the funding that you need since it needs to be allocated to your department. What DT Oakland Police Department is well positioned to apply for this funding. You know we've been using our cease fire strategy which is an evidence based strategy that includes not only law enforcement. But community as well as violence prevention workers in so. I think that these are we doing an Oakland alliant well with the president's initiative and I believe we will be successful. In receipt of financial continue to support our. And the president of course also an ounce and measures to prevent guns but. Of course these efforts take time they're still play any of guns already on the streets as you know. Oh what do you need today in order to make an impact at this time of rising violence. What we need more support re sources. We need ATF staff here we've been fortunate in the city of Oakland that we've had a strong partnership with the ATF. But additional resources would do nothing but hell how we also need legislators to step up and make stronger. Google also that we don't see these weapons covenants our community and we need some legislation around goals guns specifically. And it's certainly been a struggle to get bipartisan support to pass stricter gun control measures in light of today's announcement to you thinking he'll be able to make significant headway in reducing crime in Oakland. Without major changes to federal gun laws. Yes I think who would be additional. Resource is that we may be able to secure as a result of the funding that seek increase in our department staffing through these resources would be tremendously helpful. Getting more street outreach in violence prevention workers into the community would be extremely helpful and it every step is is that help every step toward public safety. Every additional resource we can secure will help make. Oakland a safer city. And lastly chief what can show up at night and with regard to end here officers and and their relationship with the community that they serve. What keeps me is that night is just knowing that we continue to see goods and our community and violent incidents ski team and happen quick and both are officers that risk. As well let's our community members so what keeps me up at night knowing that there's a potential harm to bolt police officers as well as community members and so how these resources. I believe will help keep guns off the streets and make our streets safer and hopefully he'll be wrist that night. That we would like for you to get done just curious has 20/20 one had been much worsened and won't go over previous years as far as violence is concern in Oakland. Yes so far we have 61 homicides this nearly 90% increase compared to last year at this same tops so we are still in the brunt of the increase in violent. While 9% increase our I thank you so much chief Le'Ron and we so appreciate you again Oakland's police chief LeBron Armstrong thanks so much. Credit me.

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