OAKLAND _ A six-month pilot program where Oakland police officers would knock on doors and ask permission to search homes for guns got the green
light from the City Council's public safety committee Tuesday night.
The consent-to-search program, as it is called, is based closely on a similar effort launched in St. Louis in 1994 and on ongoing programs in Boston
and Washington, D.C. The idea is simple: To ask parents for permission to search their homes for weapons their children may be hiding.
STARTED IN WASHINGTON D.C. SEEMS TO BE SPREADING..
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