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Oakland police to restore 32 officers to ranks

The city is divided into 35 policing beats, but Batts said four beats in East Oakland account for 65 percent of its homicides

By Matthai Kuruvila
The San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland is hiring back 32 of the police officers it laid off last year, officials said Thursday, bolstering a force that is still trying to adapt to the loss of nearly 200 beat cops and inspectors over three years.

The department now has 659 officers, including 27 rehired officers who just started retraining and will be on patrol by Aug. 16. The other five officers will be brought on by December.

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