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Caption: Anthony Batts and David Onek in studio.
Anthony Batts and David Onek in studio. 

Anthony Batts, Oakland Police Chief

From: The Criminal Justice Conversations with David Onek
Length: 30:09

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In Episode #12, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts discusses his goals as Oakland's new Chief, the importance of working with the community, his efforts to reduce police response times, how his doctorate degree has helped him in his policing career, and more.

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BATTS INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Batts on His Goals for the Oakland Police Department: 
“I’m trying to build a more efficient, productive, well-run, well-managed organization, which is polished, and professional, and highly ethical. And trying at the same time building a greater openness to our community, to listen to what the community is telling us, not for us to tell them what we want them to do, but to listen to them and turn their wishes and dreams into our imperatives that we’re going to complete.”

Batts on the Importance of Working with the Community:
“We really have to start coordinating better with the community as a whole and participating. Right now we don’t have police officers in uniform that go to neighborhood watch meetings. That’s where you get to talk to people, that’s where you get to break the barriers down. We don’t have police officers in uniform going to schools to do programs. Now people may say ‘that’s not what I hire police officers for’ but that’s where you break down those barriers and you build strong relationships.”

Batts on Earning a Doctorate Degree:
“I went back to get my doctorate in the 1990s. It was very demanding, it was very tough, especially being a single dad and trying to give the time that the kids needed at the same time of completing a research degree. But it has worked very well for me. I think I call on the experience I learned going through that on a daily basis and it allows me to look outside of what I know to bring in answers.”

Piece Description

BATTS INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Batts on His Goals for the Oakland Police Department: 
“I’m trying to build a more efficient, productive, well-run, well-managed organization, which is polished, and professional, and highly ethical. And trying at the same time building a greater openness to our community, to listen to what the community is telling us, not for us to tell them what we want them to do, but to listen to them and turn their wishes and dreams into our imperatives that we’re going to complete.”

Batts on the Importance of Working with the Community:
“We really have to start coordinating better with the community as a whole and participating. Right now we don’t have police officers in uniform that go to neighborhood watch meetings. That’s where you get to talk to people, that’s where you get to break the barriers down. We don’t have police officers in uniform going to schools to do programs. Now people may say ‘that’s not what I hire police officers for’ but that’s where you break down those barriers and you build strong relationships.”

Batts on Earning a Doctorate Degree:
“I went back to get my doctorate in the 1990s. It was very demanding, it was very tough, especially being a single dad and trying to give the time that the kids needed at the same time of completing a research degree. But it has worked very well for me. I think I call on the experience I learned going through that on a daily basis and it allows me to look outside of what I know to bring in answers.”

Transcript

DAVID ONEK: Welcome to the Criminal Justice Conversations podcast, a coproduction of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and the Berkeley School of Journalism. I’m your host, David Onek. The podcast, recorded weekly in the Berkeley School of Journalism studios, features in depth interviews with a wide range of criminal justice leaders: law enforcement officials, policy makers, advocates, service providers, academics, and others. The podcast gets behind the sound bites that far too often dominate the public dialogue about criminal justice to have detailed, nuanced conversations about criminal justice policy.

Today’s guest is Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts. Batts was appointed as Oakland’s chief last October. He previously worked for the Long Beach Police Department for 27 years, serving as chief from 2002-2009. During Batts’ tenure as chief, Long Beach’s crime rate dropped to i...
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