Gavin Newsom sends 120 state police officers to combat crime in one of California’s most dangerous cities

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) will send 120 additional California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland and the East Bay to combat rising crime.

The increase in CHP officers will be equipped with license plate readers, K-9 units, and air support targeting theft and retail crime that have forced businesses to close their doors across the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay area. 

“As crime rates across California decrease — including right across the Bay in San Francisco — Oakland is seeing the opposite trend,” Newsom said in a statement. “What’s happening in this beautiful city and surrounding area is alarming and unacceptable.”

Reinforcement comes as the effort to recall Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao is underway, with many blaming the Democratic mayor for the city’s high crime rates. A group led by a retired Alameda County
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