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Two federal police officers from Mexico City will be taken on a ride-along with Oakland police on Wednesday. The officers will learn about the Oakland Police Department’s approach to fighting crime and the technology it uses, including the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system and the CompStat crime tracking program, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. The officers took a brief tour of police headquarters today, and will be at the Eastmont Substation on Wednesday morning, where they will observe the Police Department’s morning lineup then head out on the ride-along.
“They seem very excited to be here, and they definitely have a lot of questions,” Oakland police Officer Robert Trevino said. He said they seemed particularly moved by the memorial wall in the lobby of police headquarters that contains the names of officers who have died in the line of duty. “I think that’s one thing we do have in common,” he said. “In our line of work we put our lives out there every day.” Trevino said Oakland police learned that the officers would be visiting the Bay Area through Kaiser Permanente’s Latino Association. “We wanted to extend the invitation to them,” he said. The officers don’t speak English, but Kaiser has provided translators, Trevino said. The visit is being facilitated by the National Latino Peace Officers Association.
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