Excessive use of force has long been a problem for the Oakland Police Department, leading to civic distrust, costly lawsuits and the nation’s longest-running federal intervention.

A Chronicle analysis of Oakland Police Department data, however, shows such incidents are becoming less common. Officer-involved shootings, excessive force complaints and incidents in which officers used force have all declined precipitously over the past three years in Oakland. Save any major slipup, the department, which has been monitored by a federal court since 2003, is expected to soon regain its autonomy.

Save any major slipup, the department, which has been monitored by a federal court since 2003, is expected to soon regain its autonomy. It would save the city millions and help the law enforcement agency shed its reputation as one of America’s most dysfunctional.

But if history is any indication, maintaining the gains achieved under federal oversight could be just as daunting as securing them.

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