Anne Kirkpatrick will become Oakland first female police chief.
The Tennessean, who has a law degree from Seattle University, worked for 20 years in Washington as police chief of three departments and as second-in-command of the King County Sheriff’s Office before being recruited by an FBI contractor to train other law enforcement officials. Last year, Kirkpatrick moved to Chicago to lead the Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Standards as the city worked on reforms after the shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teen killed by a white officer.
Not much changed in Chicago.
Recruited soon afterward by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Kirkpatrick joins the Oakland department at a similarly turbulent time. The transformation she envisions, she said, will come after she injects stability into the scandal-ridden Police Department that cycled through three police chiefs in nine days in June. It’s been run by a civilian, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, ever since.
Good luck with that.
The rapid rise and fall of Oakland’s recent police chiefs came amid allegations that a group of officers had sexual relations with the teenage daughter of an Oakland dispatcher and that others helped cover up their misconduct.
Alameda County prosecutors have filed charges against four current and former Oakland officers for crimes ranging from obstruction of justice to oral copulation with a minor.
While Kirkpatrick called the allegations “egregious,” she chalked them up to individual character issues rather than a problem inherent in the Oakland agency.
With the selection of Kirkpatrick, Oakland is now the only large U.S. city to have a female mayor, fire chief and police chief.
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