Oakland officials are close to finalizing an agreement with the California Highway Patrol to send patrol officers into crime-plagued areas, a deal that began to take shape after an influential East Oakland pastor asked Gov. Jerry Brown for help in front of his congregation, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “We certainly appreciate any help that we can get,” said Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan.
Crime is up more than 20 percent this year, while the city has just 627 officers, down from a high of 830 in 2009. There have been 105 killings in Oakland, including four that police believe were committed in self-defense. Highway Patrol Capt. Don Morrell said some of his officers would be dispatched to Oakland as soon as next week. They will saturate high-crime areas, he said, making traffic stops, looking for stolen vehicles, and offering “high visibility.”