Oakland Police Department undertakes new community service oriented method of policing
Oakland California USA Date:1974 Duration:5 min 58 sec Sound:Yes
Sergeant briefs a room full of police officers in Oakland, California at start of their shift. Closeups of individual policemen. Patrolman John Dixon in his patrol car notes that new procedures improve relations with the community but ease somewhat on law enforcement. He knocks on an apartment door.He talks with a woman there, about her child. Several patrol cars stop a car and search a suspect, as local residents watch somewhat amused. In locker room at the police station, a uniformed officer speaks of being more community service oriented, at the expense of law enforcement. Oakland Police Chief George Hart, in civilian clothes, defends the new approach to policing. The uniformed officer agrees that it would be a mistake to go back to the earlier approach.
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