OAKLAND -- After sparing with city leaders earlier this year, Oakland's court-appointed police overseer says his relationship with both police and top civilian administrators has improved on all fronts.
"Disagreements still occur," Compliance Director Thomas Frazier wrote in his monthly status report released Monday. "But all parties have settled into a professional relationship that permits progress to be made across a wide range of activities and projects."
After taking the reigns in March, Frazier quickly fought with the city attorney's office over compensation and the mayor's office about access to a city meeting.
Frazier, a former Baltimore police commissioner, has sweeping power over the city's police department to make it comply with reforms spelled out in the 1999 police brutality case.
In his December update, Frazier said progress on reforms is continuing "at an acceptable pace." He also set new benchmarks for police including stepped up policies for the use of lapel cameras. A recent report found that officers were not activating the cameras as required.