February 28, 2024

OAKLAND — Days after ordering a surge of California Freeway Patrol officers to the East Bay, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday introduced plans to additionally ship state attorneys to Alameda County to beef up prosecutions of quite a few “critical and complicated crimes.”

The transfer by Newsom entails sending attorneys from the California Division of Justice and the Nationwide Guard to spice up the capability of Alameda County District Lawyer Pamela Value’s workplace in prosecuting “violent crimes, critical drug-related crimes and property crimes,” together with retail theft and auto housebreaking, in keeping with Newsom’s announcement.

Newsom didn’t say precisely what number of prosecutors could be deputized to work in Alameda County within the coming days. Few different particulars had been introduced, past a deal with prosecuting “important instances focusing on main legal networks in Oakland and the East Bay,” and providing “investigative and analytical help to determine legal networks.”

He framed the transfer as a partnership in the identical vein as his April 2023 choice to ship prosecutors and different assets to San Francisco to fight fentanyl trafficking.

“An arrest isn’t sufficient,” Newsom stated in an announcement. “Justice calls for that suspects are appropriately prosecuted. Whether or not it’s ‘bipping’ or carjacking, tried homicide or fentanyl trafficking, people have to be held accountable for his or her crimes utilizing the complete and applicable weight of the regulation.”

In a joint assertion, Value referred to as the plan a “collaborative effort,” including that she deliberate to assign a veteran prosecutor from her workplace to symbolize her workplace within the partnership.