Category Archives: Police Dept

California Police Chiefs Association Urges Cities to Support Public Safety Fix

In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 109, or the Public Safety Realignment Act, which shifted responsibility for certain “nonviolent” criminal offenders from the state to counties. Three years later, voters passed Proposition 47 which reduced a number of felonies … Continue reading

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Message from the Oakley’s Chief of Police, Chris Thorsen : Traffic Citations

There’s a saying when it comes to traffic enforcement. “You can write wrecks or you can write tickets, but you’re going to write something”. Some may be aware the Oakley Police Department has emphasized our traffic enforcement efforts over the … Continue reading

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Oakley Police to Wear Body Cameras

One of the trends sweeping across law enforcement is the use of body-worn cameras for police officers. In the wake of several controversial incidents, many communities asked for more transparency within their police departments. Soon, all Oakley Police Officers will … Continue reading

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May 6th Begins a new Paradigm in Oakley Policing

Establishing public safety is among local government’s fundamental obligations to its citizens. When we incorporated in 1999 setting up a police department was the top priority. To assist us we reached out to the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and formed … Continue reading

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A DUI in Oakley Could be Costly

Driving under the influence in Oakley could be become a very expensive mistake. California government code allows the City to recover costs arising from an emergency response to an accident involving a person driving a vehicle under the influence of … Continue reading

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Avoid the 25

Last Friday night Oakley PD hosted a DUI checkpoint at Laurel Rd and Mercedes. A number of arrests were made, citations were issued and cars were towed. This event was coordinated as part of the Avoid the 25 program’s 18-day … Continue reading

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Crime Reports

I live close to a major intersection in the City of Oakley. There are times when the succession of sirens seems endless. The dogs in the house only add to this perception when they join the ruckus with their prolonged … Continue reading

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Traffic safety focus has positive effect in Oakley

Chief of Police Chris Thorsen was recently a Guest columnist for the Contra Costa Times. If you missed his column here it is: THE CITY OF OAKLEY continues to evolve. From the time I began my law enforcement career 22 … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Watch

Responding to rising crime rates in the late 1960’s The National Sheriff’s Association organized the National Neighborhood Watch Program. Since 1972 Neighborhood Watch has become one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. It has also … Continue reading

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Driving Under the Influence in Oakley

Last Saturday night, April 18, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) had its annual California Law Enforcement and Community Recognition Event in Sacramento, honoring officers who had gone the extra mile to keep drunks off the highways. One of the honorees … Continue reading

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CopLogic

The Oakley Police Department, in conjunction with the Contra Costa Sheriffs Dept., has implemented a new online reporting system, “CopLogic”. The new system allows Oakley residents to submit certain police reports such as lost property, minor acts of vandalism and … Continue reading

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