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The High Costs of Outsourcing Police

Nine out of ten Oakland cops live outside the city — a fact that costs Oakland nearly $200 million in lost revenues a year, and may explain OPD's disconnect with the people it's supposed to serve and protect. 

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Public policy needs to respond creatively in order to address the drain of money, and the alienation between OPD's officers and the community, Ramos said. "It is necessary to explore solutions to this problem," she said. "Nothing new is being tried out right now. We don't know if trying to get cops to live in Oakland would work, but it's worth trying out something."

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