Oakland Officials Mull Solutions to Murder Surge

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Oakland police officials are mulling solutions to a continued escalation in the city’s homicide rate, reports the Oakland Tribune.

Through Thursday, 93 people had been slain this year, a pace that would end the year with 130 homicides — the most since 1995, when there were 153. Last year there were 113 homicides, a 30 percent increase from the total in 2001.

Overall crime is down almost 4 percent in Oakland this year, but the murder statistic has captured headlines and television airtime.

Police have:

–Offered $10,000 ewards for tips on unsolved murders.

–Reassigned more than 30 cops who will partner with sheriff’s deputies and state patrol officers to target drug and violence hot spots.

–Planned to expand foot patrols.

Link: http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~1642435,00.html

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