Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts to Resign Early Next Month

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:33:42 -0800

OAKLAND (KRON) -- Oakland will soon be in the market for a new police chief with the announced resignation of Chief Anthony Batts.

City Administrator Deanna J. Santana announced the resignation Tuesday.  It will be effective "early- to mid-November."

"Chief Batts and I are in process of settling on a departure date and, in the interim, I will be exploring my options on how to proceed," Santana said in a written statement. "Please join me in thanking Chief Batts' for his· service to the City of Oakland and tireless commitment to implementing the Civil Rights mandates of the NSA. I want to especially acknowledge the deep community relationships that Chief Batts has developed toward improving community relations and advancing community policing.  These efforts demonstrate a true commitment to his goal to rebuild trust and focus on crime reduction and community service."

Batts came to Oakland from Long Beach where he rose through the ranks to become chief.  In January of this year he was a candidate for Chief of Police in San Jose but eventually withdrew from that competition.  He has had vocal disputes with city leaders in Oakland over the resources he says are needed to police Oakland.

"In 2009, I answered the call for a reform-minded chief; a leader with a focus on community policing and high professional standards," the chief said in his letter of resignation. "I was told Oakland residents were looking for a strong, visible leader to engage the community and reduce violent crime. My goal was to help rebuild a once proud, professional department, geared toward crime reduction and community services. With this goal in mind, rather than a chief managing a diverse department of law enforcement professionals making the streets of Oakland safe, I found myself with limited control, but full accountability. The landscape has changed radically over the past two years with new and different challenges.

Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the change in leadership in the Oakland Police department.

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