Arrests Are Down, and Crime Is Up 

First Oakland police stopped solving violent crimes. Then the city's crime rate spiraled out of control.

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But regardless of who becomes the next police chief, it's apparent that the department needs to greatly expand its investigative team and refocus on solving crime. Crime suppression and worrying about responding to calls for service simply hasn't worked. Right now, crime pays in Oakland, and it's clear the only way that will change is if we arrest our way out of the problem.

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