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1. The Oakland Police Department launched a reorganization plan that will allow it to re-embrace community policing strategies, increase police accountability, and give residents a stronger voice on public safety issues. The Chron and Trib report that Police Chief Howard Jordan decided to divide the city into five geographic areas and hold the commanders of those areas responsible for crime trends in their regions. The plan also will allow officers to work more closely with community and neighborhood groups to tailor policing strategies for their areas. The department had previously tried a version of geographic policing, but then abandoned it under then-Chief Anthony Batts.