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* Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Picks Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts To Head Oakland Police Department

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Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums announced today that Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts has been chosen to head the Oakland Police Department. Batts has been with the Long Beach Police Department for nearly 30 years and has served as chief for seven.During his time as chief, the crime rate in Long Beach fell to its lowest level since 1975 and officer-involved shootings decreased by 70 percent, according to Dellums’ office.The announcement comes less than six months after four Oakland police officers were shot to death by a wanted parolee on March 21.Until Batts officially assumes his new post in September, Howard Jordan will remain on as acting chief. Jordan was appointed as acting police chief after Chief Wayne Tucker announced his retirement in January.

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