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Batts sworn in as Oakland police chief

on October 20, 2009

Oakland’s new top cop was sworn in Tuesday night in front of family, colleagues, critics and supporters at Oakland’s City Council meeting at City Hall.

Anthony Batts, formerly chief of the Long Beach Police Department, was sworn in by Mayor Ron Dellums at a ceremony that kicked off the Council meeting.

“Thank you for the opportunity,” Batts said in a statement following his oath of duty. He pledged to “make sure people are safe and that you have a professional police organization.”

Mayor Dellums proclaimed it a “great moment,” saying, “We all come together in this moment as one community, one united front.”

Batts was joined by many members of his old Long Beach force and members of his family.

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