Oakland officials are announcing changes today to the Police Department’s executive leadership, just two days after then-police Chief Howard Jordan stepped down as the city’s top cop. Jordan on Wednesday announced he was stepping down as chief and taking steps toward medical retirement. Assistant Chief Anthony Toribio took over as acting police chief, but is reportedly leaving the position after just two days.
Police and city officials have not confirmed reports that Toribio is stepping down, but announced they are holding a news conference late this morning to discuss changes to the Police Department’s leadership. The announcement caps off a tumultuous week for the department, which also received a report Thursday from a group of police experts headed by William Bratton, former police chief in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston.
The report criticized Oakland police for a number of shortcomings, including a lack of information sharing and lack of ability to counter the city’s growing robbery and burglary problems. The report recommended that the city implement a more district-based structure to allow officers to better address serious crimes.
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