Six years ago police experts Patrick Harnett and William Andrews released a report on how Oakland could reduce crime and improve its Compstat process by which the department uses crime mapping and data analysis systems to pinpoint hot spots and detect crime trends.
The two consultants returned to Oakland this year as part of a team led by former New York City and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton.
In several instances the report released Thursday by Bratton's team mirrors that of the original Harnett and Andrews report.
The redundancy did not appear to bother council members, who only want to make sure that this time around police implement the plan. As Councilmember Pat Kernighan said, "It was good advice the first time. And it's still good advice."
Below are some of the redundant findings.
On processing fingerprints:
Original report: "Oakland's current inability to promptly process suspect fingerprints through Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems ... is critically disabling to the department's ability to effectively investigate burglary and other pattern crimes."
New Report: "Fingerprint evidence gathered at burglary scenes is not generally used in burglary investigations or submitted for comparisons by the Automated Fingerprint Identification System.
On showing robbery victims photos of recently arrested robbers:
Original report: Although they have the capability to present ... digital photographs of previously arrested person to victims of robbery and other serious crimes, as an initial investigative technique, consistently showing photos is not the practice of Oakland investigators.
New Report: "The OPD's digital photo file access, which could be a key tool in identifying robbery suspects, is extremely slow and is rarely used in current robbery investigations."
On Compstat meetings:
Original report: "Identify a 'crime fighter' to lead the (Compstat) meeting and question the police captains and lieutenants presenting at the podium."
New report: "Oakland's Compstat did not have a true primary questioner pressing for answers to the critical questions about specific crime problems."