Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Oakland declares that the OPD investigation is complete.

There are lots of publications covering tonight's press conference by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, including: Oakland fires 4 officers in police sex scandal.

Schaaf tried to use the occasion to look to the future:

“This investigation has not only been about holding people accountable, it has also tried to prevent these actions from ever happening again,” Schaaf said.

Schaaf added her intent is “to increase officer awareness and ability to recognize the signs of sexual abuse and exploitation.”

“We are tightening our controls to access to our criminal databases and instilling policies on use of social media,” Schaaf added.

The Oakland mayor said the police department will be changing several policies and help victims of sexual violence seek help.

Although the Oakland city investigation may be complete, other wheels continue to turn:

Schaaf said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is still completing her criminal investigation into the case and said “we have reason to believe she will be making determinations relatively soon.”

OPD is full of complicated problems, many of them very hard to solve. I wish Mayor Schaaf all the best as she works her way through the morass.

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