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San Leandro Sends 15 Officers To Occupy Action

Third request for assistance this morning under mutual aid agreement.

San Leandro sent 15 officers to help clear out the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza Monday morning.

Department spokesman Sergeant Mike Sobek said the officers were sent at 4:00 a.m. and have not yet returned.

He said they were used for outer perimeter control while Oakland police and Alameda County sherriffs deputies made arrests and cleared the encampment.

Local officers were dispatched under mutual aid agreements between police departments. San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli explained the process to the City Council at its .

Twice before Spagnoli to help police the Occupy Oakland protests.

The first time was on the morning of Oct. 25, when Oakland officials evicted campers from Frank Ogawa Plaza.

The second time was the the night of Nov. 2, when San Leandro police helped quell the violence that erupted after a peaceful, day-long general strike.

Spagnoli said those two deployments cost about $20,000.

Tom Abate November 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM
The decision is up to Chief Spagnoli, in consultation with the city manager, if it gets expensive or threatens city safety. There is no requirement to send officers. But as you say SL may need help one day.
Tim November 15, 2011 at 06:35 AM
I heard that the Alameda Co Sheriffs Dept wanted to be paid for assisting because, and I'm paraphrasing, the first raid was an emergency, this time it's a planned event... assuming the spokesman meant that it's the City's fault for allowing them to "re-occupy".
An\on November 15, 2011 at 04:40 PM
San Leandro should charge Oakland for the use of our Police Department for their second bite of the apple. The occupiers should never have been allowed to reoccupy the park. The reoccupation is Mayor Quan's failing and Mutual Aid should only be used in emergencies and not be taken for granted.
Marga Lacabe November 15, 2011 at 11:20 PM
These actions completely make me question the judgment of Chief Spagnoli - I have quickly lost a lot of respect for her. Not only are these actions costing San Leandro enormous amounts ($20K for the first two raids, so I imagine another $10K for this one), at a time in which the city is nickel and diming the citizens, cutting crossing guards and eliminating public celebrations and festivals, but they make many San Leandrans even more suspicious of the police. The fact that our City Council is letting this happen is also a sign of how weak they are.
Charles Kane November 16, 2011 at 03:13 AM
I fully support The Chief on this issue. We have had a police and fire mutual aid agreement statewide for many years. San Leandro Police & Fire has been aided by Oakland, Alameda County and other neighbors and we have helped them. The economy of this arrangement is the ability to place Maximum manpower in a critical situation when no single agency could do it without a much larger force. Mutual Aid was first explained in my training when I started work in the SLPD in 1952, 59 years ago. It still works well. .We should support out Chief of Police. .Chuck Kane retired Captain San Leandro Police Department

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