Simple Math: Police from the Community Pays Off!
At the risk of sounding overly obvious, let me assert that for true Community Policing, the Police should be from the Community. For reference, 92% of OPD officers live outside of Oakland. But whether we agree on my assertion or not, the economics are indisputable, objective, and simple. Let me explain.
On average, OPD officers earn over $100,000 per year. My plan of adding 20 officers per year (a very modest target) would infuse $2,000,000 of additional disposable income into District 3 in 2018. $4,000,000 in 2019 (40 officers, 20 in 2018 plus 20 in 2019). And $6,000,000 in 2020. In total, this simple action would generate at least $12 million dollars of additional economic vitality in District 3 in my first term.
Whether anyone agrees with other intangible benefits of having police officers from the community or not, no one can argue with its economic impact. Plain and Simple!