Mayor Ron Dellums introduced the community to Oakland's new Police Chief Anthony Batts at the first of three town hall meetings, held Monday evening, Nov. 2, at Prescott Elementary School in West Oakland.

Dellums credited Batts with dramatically reducing crime and cutting officer involved shootings by 70 percent in Long Beach, where he was chief for seven years. Batts, 49, has 28 years experience in law enforcement and a doctor's degree in public administration.

“We have to stop the killing in this community. I'm going to do everything I can to make an impact,” said Batts, urging residents to support a curfew for young people who are on the streets after 10 p.m. with no destination, such as one that he said was very successful in Long Beach.

The goal is not to arrest young people but for parents to be accountable for where their children are, he said. Police would pick them up, “take them down (to the station) and call their parents to come take possession of your children.”

Batts said that he had received a call from the White House asking him to apply for the position as head of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration but that he already told Mayor Dellums that he would accept the position as OPD chief.

The two remaining town hall meetings will be held Monday, Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Cesar Chavez Learning Center, 2825 International Blvd., and Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Tassafaronga Recreation Center, 975 85th Ave. For information call (510) 444-2489.