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Chicago police reformer is tapped to head Oakland Police Department, clean up 'frat house'

Chicago police reformer is tapped to head Oakland Police Department, clean up 'frat house'

A high-ranking Chicago police official who was asked to lead reform efforts in one of the nation’s largest police departments has been tapped to lead Oakland’s troubled police force less than a year after the agency was caught up in a wide-ranging sexual abuse scandal.

Anne Kirkpatrick, a former police chief in Spokane, Wash., who was also a finalist to be named Chicago’s top cop last year, was introduced as Oakland’s police chief during a Wednesday afternoon news conference. 

Oakland has been without a permanent chief for more than six months, after Chief Sean Whent resigned amid allegations that more than a...

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