More training. More tasers. More sergeants. More data.
The Oakland Police Department's new overseer is proposing reforms that will cost more than $1.8 million in the short term and take years to fully implement, as he acknowledged in a 58-page report filed in federal court on Wednesday.
Among other initiatives, Thomas Frazier, the department's new compliance director, wants the department to buy more stun guns. "Modern policing requires officers to have a full range of less-than-lethal weapons ready for immediate use if necessary," he wrote. "In addition to the 63 TASERs OPD intends to buy with Measure Y money, the
department needs approximately 200 additional TASERs to achieve 100% deployment in Patrol."
He estimated the cost of the 200 Tasers at $220,000. He also called on the department to acquire unspecified "modern crowd control weapons/munitions."
The report gives the first view of how Frazier will try to make the department comply with a 10-year-old legal settlement stemming from civil rights violations by four officers known as the Riders.