Oakland Police report 75% drop in stops of drivers and pedestrians:
Fueled by budget cuts and lack of incentives to be proactive, the Oakland Police Department is making an average of 43 stops per day. That number is far below the 188 stops per day three years ago. Although many people attribute the drop in stops to budget cuts and the fewer number of police officers on the streets, some veteran officers said stops were down in part due to the amount of paperwork required to be produced after each stop, sometimes taking up to ten minutes. Moreover, many officers do not want to make stops that might generate a complaint from the individual who is stopped because they are wary of potential discipline from police leaders, who are in turn motivated by a need to show the courts or the public that they can control officers' conduct. One officer went so far as to even say that "you have to do everything you can just to keep your job safe, so why would you risk going out and being proactive?" Read the full San Francisco Chronicle article here.
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