Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chief Jordan Confirm's Quan's 100 Block Program Doesn't Exist

Last night I attended a public safety meeting hosted by District 4 Councilmember Libby Schaaf. In front of 200 or 300 concerned residents, I asked Chief Jordan directly about the "100 blocks" program, how it was being staffed, and to explain the apparent discrepancy between his March 2, 2012 memo about redeployment of PSOs, and Quan's claim in Sunday's Chronicle article that the officers staffing the program were only "new hires." I also asked why I hadn't received any documents from OPD specifically referencing the so-called "100 blocks" program.

Chief Jordan then answered that OPD doesn't use the term "100 blocks program." Rather, OPD has a "violence reduction" or "violence suppression" program that applies to the entire city, and has no geographic boundaries. OPD is responding in the same way they have always done by responding to "crime hot spots." Basically, they aren't doing anything new, and there is no special OPD staffing for any "100 blocks program." As far as he understood it, the "100 blocks program" is just Quan's effort to involve other agencies to help in those neighborhoods; he didn't specifically know which agencies they were or what they were doing, but it was business as usual for OPD.

So basically, what Chief Jordan said was that as far as OPD is concerned, there is no "100 blocks program." As I stated in my earlier blog post on this subject, the "100 blocks program" is just a bunch of political rhetoric; it doesn't really exist.

3 comments:

  1. What is real is Mayor Quan's disdain for the safety of residents who do not live in her mysterious 100 blocks - about 98 percent of Oakland.

    That's nothing new, of course. Back in 2005 when the Dimond area in her council district suffered a crime wave, Quan told the residents they were imagining things. http://www.orpn.org/Dimond1.htm.

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  2. I think this picture explains how I feel about it http://jeanquan.wordpress.com

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  3. Later, from the Tribune: "The mayor's initiative, according to police, won't be fully up and running until the end of 2012." (April 21, 2012) Mayor Quan drove out Chief Batts in a move to make the department toe her line, but perhaps institutional sense remains sturdy.

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