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Community Pulse - May 3, 2019

Police Bulletin

Oakland jail closing; inmates moving to Dublin

The Glen Dyer Jail in Oakland is expected to close in June because of budgetary concerns, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern announced last Friday.

The jail at 550 Sixth St. is expected to close by June 1, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Nelson said the closure is something the sheriff has been considering for some time.

"We hope that this will alleviate some of our budget shortfall," he said, adding that it will reduce overtime and provide inmates with better medical care.

Inmates at the Glen Dyer Jail will be moved to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said when the inmates are moved will not be made public for safety and security reasons.

Kelly said he expects all the inmates will be moved before the end of June.

Nelson said there is room at the Santa Rita Jail for the inmates from Oakland so crowding will not be an issue.

In other business

The BART Board of Directors approved a policy last week to govern the installation and use of cameras that can capture images of vehicle license plates at the transit system's parking lots and garages.

The board at its meeting in Oakland voted unanimously to approve the policy that, in the wake of BART's aborted previous attempt in 2016, seeks to balance security improvements with privacy protections.

"This has been a long time coming. In fact it's been too long," said BART Director John McPartland, whose district includes both Dublin-Pleasanton stations. "It's long overdue."

The approved policy states that the cameras will operate 24 hours a day and will be used "for BART criminal investigations and to monitor activity to protect against harm to persons and property."

License plate readers have been shown to lead to the recovery of half of all vehicles stolen from areas that have implemented the technology, according to BART officials. In addition to helping with the recovery of stolen property, the technology will serve as a crime deterrent.

Still, skeptics of this type of "mass surveillance" technology argue that it can lead to intrusions into law-abiding riders' privacy, as well as civil rights abuses.

The BART board vote doesn't mean that cameras will be cropping up all over the system immediately.

The four cameras BART initially installed at the MacArthur parking lot will be placed at a yet-to-be-determined station as part of a pilot program that will last for several months. The board will then have to hold another vote to approve a system-wide implementation of the technology.

-- Bay City News Service

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