Oakland Gets 3rd Police Chief in 3 Days
Update: After just two days, Anthony Toribio has resigned as acting Oakland police chief and taken the reduced rank of captain. Before briefly becoming acting chief, Toribio had been the assistant chief under Howard Jordan, who resigned two days ago.
The new acting chief will be Sean Whent, formerly a deputy chief. Later today, Whent announced further leadership changes in the department, which include moving Paul Figueroa to acting assistant chief responsible for day-to-day operations of the department.
There also continued to be some conflicting reports as to why Jordan resigned on Wednesday. He cited unspecified medical reasons but KTVU, citing “law enforcement and other sources,” is reporting that Jordan was forced to step down: “Compliance Director Thomas Frazier, appointed by a federal judge to oversee the Oakland Police Department, was involved in a decision to ask for the chief’s departure.”
The successive departures by chiefs come as the department grapples with the Bratton Report, a summary of which was released yesterday. Those findings were critical of OPD operations and its implementation of CompStat, a data-driven approach to crime reduction that holds department personnel accountable for rises in crime.