Oakland To Hire Private Guards To Boost Security

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland business owners will be glad to hear the city plans on beefing up security in the downtown area.

With more protests expected in the coming weeks, city officials plan to hire private security guards to patrol downtown.

Mayor Ron Dellums says the city will cover the costs for a security firm to provide guards for 60 to 90 days. The guards -- who will be unarmed -- will be instructed to work closely with police.

Oakland will also assign more police officers to foot patrol in the downtown area.

The increased security comes after dozens of businesses were vandalized during protests Wednesday and Jan. 7 over the killing of
Oscar Grant by a BART police officer.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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