Oakland Police To Increase Presence Amid Crime Wave, City Leaders Seek To Reverse Planned Cuts

The Oakland Police Department will increase its presence amid a surge in violence that has included roving armed caravans, an uptick in homicides and brazen smash-and-grab burglaries while city leaders want to reverse planned budget cuts set to take effect next year as it follows other liberal cities changing course to address crime. 

The department tweeted Sunday that tactical teams will assist patrols officers in responding to the caravans, illegal sideshows and other violent crimes. The announcement came days after a retired police officer working as a security guard was shot and killed while protecting a local television news crew during an armed robbery. 

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