Citing lack of officers, Calif. chief resigns

Oakland chief: 'Until you have the numbers, hard to get the job done'


By Harry Harris
San Jose Mercury News

OAKLAND — Two years into his three year contract, Oakland Chief of Police Anthony Batts announced Tuesday he is resigning.

Batts said a lack of officers and resources to make Oakland safe and crime-free contributed to his decision to leave a struggling department that at the time he was hired had 796 officers, 150 more than it has now.

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